MA Medieval & Renaissance Studies

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Medieval and Renaissance Latin

Code: MDVLGL05 (30 credits) not running in 2015/16, MDVLGL06 (15 credits)

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This module is taught in the Department of Classics at Royal Holloway and is intended for students who have already completed a beginners’ module 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 degree 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 module 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 module, you will need to complete an intercollegiate registration form and return it to Jasmine Gane in the UCL History Department.

Assessment (MDVLGL05): a combination of assessed coursework and a three-hour unseen examination.

Assessment (MDVLGL06): a one-hour exam.

Preparatory reading: The National Archives has a very helpful Latin course corresponding (despite its title) of intermediate level: Advanced Latin.

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