Latin language and literature : prose

LFIAL1280  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

Latin language and literature : prose
3.0 credits
30.0 h

This biannual course is taught on years 2014-2015, 2016-2017, ...

Deproost Paul ;

Have successfully completed LFIAL1181 « Latin language and texts I »  or LFIAL1180 « Introduction to Latin »

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.

Main themes

A plan of the course with further details is given to students at the beginning of the academic year. Preceded by rigorous translation work, analysis of the prosator highlights various aspects: philological criticism, grammatical observations and commentary on striking use of language, biographical, historical and cultural context of the work, documentary and human value of the message, introduction to the problems of literary criticism applied to a Latin text, study of literary genres, value as an example of a Latin text in the history of thought or literary aesthetics, realia.


By the end of this course, students will be able to "read" the text of a Latin prosator from the Imperial or Republican period. This will involve various kinds of work: translation and grammatical, linguistic, historical, literary and, more globally, cultural commentary. For the translation and comprehension of Latin authors, this course will highlight the linguistic and cultural reference points for today's readers in the literary production of Latin antiquity.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.


After the first year focused on the traduction and the grammatical commentary of a Latin author, this course,  designed for non-specialist students in the second and/or third year, introduces to a more complete and personal lecture of a Latin prosator from the classical period.
the students in history, the reading assignment concerns texts from the medieval period.

Teaching methods


Evaluation methods

Oral examination on the lectures (translation, grammar and commentaries) and on an individual reading assignment.

Other information


Online resources


Available at the beginning of the year.

Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Program title
Bachelor in History

Bachelor in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Bachelor in History of Art and Archaeology : General