Latin Authors : Prose-Writing

LGLOR1482  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Latin Authors : Prose-Writing
5.0 credits
45.0 h
1 + 2q

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


LGLOR 1142 and LGLOR 1143 or a course deemed equivalent by the lecturer.

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 study of prose works by Latin authors.

This course deals with the following themes:

1. Translation of works of Latin authors of the classical period;
2. Explanation of specific grammatical points (morphology and syntax);
3. Acommentary designed to put the work into context and to highlight the documentary and human values contained therein.


At the end of the course the student will be able to analyse grammatically, to translate and comment upon texts of average difficulty. He will be able to explain the context, and to bring out the human values expressed therein.

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”.


The authors chosen for the course in 2016-2017 are Livius (The end of Servius Tullius) and Tacitus (The tragedy of Messalina).

Teaching methods

The translations prepared by the students will be corrected during the course, and will be commented on as fully as possible. If necessary, the points of grammar will be revised as necessary.

Evaluation methods

Written exam in January on the texts seen during the Q1 course (60%). Written exam in June on the texts seen during the Q2 course (40%).
The global note is an average from the 2 partial notes.
For the 2d session, there is an oral exam on the texts of the whole year.

Other information


Online resources

via the Moodle site of the course

  • Voir le site du cours sous la rubrique "Ressources en ligne"

A bibliography is available via the on-line server iCampus

Reference works :
- F. Gaffiot, Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Francais Paris 2000 (many re-editions)
- A. Cart, P. Grimal e.a., Grammaire latine, Paris, Nathan, 2007.
- A.-M. Boxus, M. Lavency, Clauis. Grammaire latine pour la lecture des auteurs, Bruxelles, 3e éd., 1999.

Faculty or entity

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

Program title
Minor in Antiquity: Egypt, Eastern World, Greece, Rome

Minor in Medieval Studies

Bachelor in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Classics

Bachelor in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Bachelor in History of Art and Archaeology : General