Latin Language IV

lglor2240  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Latin Language IV
5.00 credits
30.0 h + 15.0 h
LGLOR1241 and LGLOR1341.
Main themes
Advanced study of the Latin grammar, prosody and metrics.
This course deals with following issues:
1. In depth study of Latin prosody and verse metres;
2. Fundamental structures of Latin syntax (especially the detailed study of relative clauses);
3. Personal analysis and translation of a Latin poetical text (cursory reading).
The exercises are devoted to prose composition and translation from Latin.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of the course, the student will have a thorough understanding of the principles and the methods of the syntactical description of Latin. He will be able to translate from French into Latin at an advanced level, as well as translate and analyse Latin poetical texts. In order to achieve this goal, he will have mastered the fundamental rules of Latin prosody and metrics (including reading poetical texts with the metrical diction).
In-depth study of classical Latin grammar (description of syntactic functions and semantic roles). In the Latin Language IV course, the following topics will be covered (the list is not exhaustive)
  • Latin prosody and metrics.
  • Syntax of relative clauses.
In parallel, students will read independently one Latin text per term (cursive reading). In the year 2021-2022, this will be significant extracts from the works of Virgil and Ovid.
Teaching methods
Alternating interactive class sessions and practical work.
Evaluation methods
Subject to adaptation of the modalities due to the evolution of the health crisis, the evaluation of the learning outcomes will take place as follows:
  • Regular tests during practical work sessions, which will be worth one fifth of the final grade.
  • Written test of theoretical knowledge and practical skills (including theme and version). This test will be worth two fifths of the final mark. It is divided between the two sessions in January (partial examination, 1/5 of the final mark) and June (1/5 of the final mark). Article 82 of the RGEE applies: “If the student does not sit the examination in June, he or she loses the benefit of the partial examination. If the student has not reached the pass mark for the January partial examination, he or she will sit an examination on the entire examination at the June session. In any case, in September, the examination covers the whole test.”
  • Oral test to check mastery of cursive reading. This test will be worth two fifths of the final mark. It is spread over the two sessions of January (partial examination, 1/5 of the final mark) and June (1/5 of the final mark). Article 82 of the RGEE applies here (see above).
Online resources
Quelques ouvrages de référence (liste non exhaustive) :
Vocabulaire :
  • Meyerson C. et Schouppe G., Index. Manuel de vocabulaire et dictionnaire de latin, 5e éd., Louvain-la-Neuve : De Boeck, 2018.
  • Etienne G., Cahier de vocabulaire latin, 20e éd., Louvain-la-Neuve : De Boeck, 2019.
  • Cauquil G. et Guillaumin J.-Y., Vocabulaire essentiel de latin, Paris : Hachette, 1992.
Pour aller plus loin :
  • Ernout A. et Thomas F., Syntaxe latine, 2e éd., Paris : Klincksieck, 2002 [1953].
  • Pinkster H., The Oxford Latin Syntax, t.1: The simple Clause; t.2: The Complex Sentence And Discourse, Oxford : OUP, 2015-2021.
  • Touratier C., Grammaire latine. Introduction linguistique à la langue latine, Paris : Armand-Colin, 2008.
  • Califf D. J., A Guide to Latin Meter and Verse Composition, Londres : Anthem Press, 2002.
  • Crusius F., Römische Metrik. Eine Einführung, 8e éd. revue par Rubenbauer H., Munich : Max Hueber Verlag, 1986 [1967].
  • Magno P., Principi di metrica latina, Fasano di Brindisi : Schena editore, 2003.
  • Nougaret L., Traité de métrique latine classique, 4e éd., Paris : Klincksieck, 1986.
Faculty or entity

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