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Latin Language and Culture, Beginners

This course offers a comprehensive appraisal of the language of ancient Rome. It also explores some central features of Latin literature. In this course we aim to examine the cultural context surrounding classical Latin and its successors. In the first term, those who have knowledge of Latin grammar will be able to review it at a leisurely pace, while people with little or no knowledge will have an opportunity to learn the basics of the Latin grammar. Aspects such as the origins and development of the Latin language, its power of communication, comparisons between formal and informal Latin in antiquity and beyond will also be considered. The second term will be devoted to a careful study of the Latin literary language through samplings of Latin authors, in both poetry and prose, ranging from antiquity to early modern times. We will consider the relevance of the past in the present and there will be time to explore some favourite topics more in-depth through inclusive but leisurely class discussion.

How to apply

This course will run subject to sufficient numbers enrolling - there will be a limited number of places. The closing date for online and postal applications is Friday 16th September. You may register and pay by credit/laser card online at after 16 August 2015 or you can download an application form and send it with a cheque/money order made payable to Trinity College no. 1 account to: Dr. Patricia Stapleton, Extramural Administrator, School of Histories and Humanities, Room 3141, Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin 2. Applications may be made in person in Room 3141, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin between 16th and 27th August from 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. or by appointment.


EUR 250/ Concession EUR 125. A concession rate is available to second and third level students and people whose primary source of income is social welfare, health board or a government-sponsored employment scheme.

Date and time

6 p.m.-7.30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Venue is to be confirmed.


The Course comprises one class per week over two twelve-week terms commencing Wednesday 28 September, and recommencing Wednesday 18 January. There is a one week break in each term, (7 - 11 November 2016 and 27 Feb - 3 March 2017) when no lectures will take place.