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Undergraduate Course: Medieval Latin (LATI10044)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryLatin has a long history after the end of antiquity. In this course, we will explore the vast Latin literature of the post-classical period, with a strong emphasis on the reception of the Latin classics in the Middle Ages and their place in the broader medieval world.
Course description In this course, we will explore the Latin literature produced in Europe after the end of antiquity, and the way the language continued to develop throughout the centuries. Focusing on a few major or representative texts from the sixth century to the fourteenth century, we will investigate how the Latin language itself changed, the impacts of Christianity, the development of new forms and genres, the rise of new educational and social institutions, and the connection with the worlds of the vernacular.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Latin 2A (LATI08011) OR Latin 2a Ex-Beginners (LATI08013)) AND Latin 2B (LATI08012)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter (at least 2 of which should be in Latin) at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses but Elementary or Intermediate Latin courses will not count. Students beyond Intermediate level but with less Latin than the prerequisite should consider taking either Latin 2a/2b.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  4. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
Ralph J. Hexter, David Townsend, The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Latin Literature. Oxford Handbooks. Oxford 2012.
Frank Mantello, A. G. Rigg, Medieval Latin: An Introduction and Bibliographic Guide. Washington DC 1996.
R.E. Latham, et al., Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources (Oxford 1975-2014)
P. Stotz, Handbuch zur lateinischen Sprache des Mittelalters. 5 volumes. Munich 1996-2004.
K.P. Harrington, Mediaeval Latin, rev. J. Pucci (Chicago, 1997)
E. R. Curtius, European Literature and the Latin Middle Ages, Princeton 1973.
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Course organiserDr Justin Stover
Tel: (0131 6)50 9110
Course secretaryMiss Claire Brown
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
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