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Medieval and Renaissance Latin (Intermediate)
Code: MDVLGL05 (30 credits), MDVLGL06 (additional 15 credit Medieval component)
Course tutor: Dr Ed Sanders (core classes); Dr John Sabapathy (Medieval Latin classes)
Time and location: Core classes, Tuesdays and Fridays 4-5.30 at RHUL 11 Bedford Square; additional class for Medievallists, Mondays 2-3, room G01, 16-18 Gordon Sq.
This course is taught in the Department of
Classics at Royal Holloway and is intended for students who have already
completed a beginners’ course in Latin. It extends their
knowledge of the language to the point where they are ready to read substantial
texts. Students who already have a solid formation in Latin are strongly advised take Medieval Latin Literature instead, especially if they are also taking Manuscripts and Documents.
In addition to the teaching provided by the Department of Classics, MARS students take additional weekly Latin classes with a MARS course tutor. Each week these additional classes illustrate a specific genre of source and students are required to translate passages prepared in advance. This part of the course teaches students how to translate medieval sources, with an emphasis on the basic skills: using a standard classical Latin dictionary; using medieval or Renaissance Latin dictionaries; individuating the first things to look for when translating a sentence; the importance of knowing how to tune the effort to the needs (sometimes understanding the sense is enough, at other times a carefully articulated translation is essential).
Note: If you wish to take this course, you will need to complete an intercollegiate registration form and return it to Helen Matthews (via her pigeonhole in the History Department Reception). She will obtain the necessary approval signatures and forward it to Royal Holloway.
Assessment: a combination of assessed coursework (25%) and a three-hour unseen examination paper including passages from the medieval texts studied through the year (75%).
Preparatory reading: The National Archives has a very helpful Latin course corresponding (despite its title) of intermediate level: Advanced Latin.
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