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The Latin Literature Poetry course is a 35-week tutored email correspondence course.


This course is for people of all ages who have reached Latin Level 2/GCSE/O level (or equivalent) or have completed Book IV or V of the Cambridge Latin Course and wish to encounter Latin literature in the original in a supportive environment. You may start a course whenever you wish and progress at whatever pace you like - your e-tutor will be available for up to 35 weeks. 


The courses consists of 12 sessions. In the poetry course we have the opportunity to study a variety of authors: Ovid, Catullus, Virgil, Horace and Martial.


For further details of the content and cost of these courses and on how to enrol, please use the menu on the left.


If you wish to enrol on this course, please click on the Cost tab to make your payment and then on the Enrol tab on the left, where you will see a link to an online registration form.

There are twelve sessions in the course, each requiring about 2 to 3 hours work, and each session carries with it a study assignment for submission to your e-tutor. You may follow the course at your own pace, and your e-tutor will be available for up to 35 weeks and will be happy to receive work from you in that period at whatever rate you decide to send it.

Latin Literature Courses ~ Poetry

The Latin literature poetry course aims to give readers an introduction to five key authors of Latin verse: Ovid, Catullus, Horace, Martial and Virgil. As with all our Latin literature courses, the poetry course also aims to develop reading competence and confidence and to nurture informed personal response to classical literature.

The course uses verse literature selections from the Cambridge Latin Anthology and is organised into 12 sessions as follows:

Ovid - 'Ovid picks a favourite at the races' & 'How ordinary people enjoy a festival'
Ovid - 'The sights, sounds and seasons of the countryside' & 'Thoughts of home'
Catullus - 'How many kisses?', 'Conflicting emotions' & Can she be faithful?'
Catullus - 'Poetry and friendship' & 'Catullus invites a friend for dinner'
Horace - 'Pleasures of country life' & 'Spring, and thoughts of mortality'
Horace - 'A country spring' & 'A country festival'
Horace - 'A town mouse and a country mouse'
Martial - 'Contradictions', 'Live now!' & 'The city hour by hour'
Martial - 'The good life' & 'Recipe for happiness'
10  Virgil - 'Orpheus and Eurydice'
11  Virgil - 'Orpheus and Eurydice'
12  Virgil - 'Orpheus and Eurydice'


Your e-tutor will always be an experienced, enthusiastic Latin teacher, who knows the course well and is familiar with ways to help you with any issues which may arise during the course. He or she is unlikely to be involved in this project for the money! Rather your tutor will want to help you get the most out of your study of Latin and the Roman world.

When you enrol for the course, we will send you, by post, or email for examination courses, amongst other materials, an Independent Learner's Guide, detailing what work to undertake in each session. Almost all sessions have a designated assignment to send to your e-tutor. Your e-tutor will mark your work and return it to you, with ideas on how you might improve and, like any tutor, will try to explain an idea or concept to you if you are not certain about it. You do not have to send work if you do not wish to do so, of course, but we strongly recommend that you do, as this will both inform you of how you are progressing, and help your e-tutor to assist you in your learning.

Most of our e-tutors tell us that they would like to be contacted by their students more frequently, rather than less, and no limit is placed on the amount of times you may contact your e-tutor.
All e-tutors have completed a Criminal Records Bureau disclosure and are competent in sending, receiving and marking work electronically. Should you have any concerns about your e-tutor at any stage, you can contact our office at any time.

Cambridge Latin Anthology, Cambridge University Press 1996, ISBN 0-521-57877-9.

In addition to the text necessary for the course, students may also wish to equip themselves with a dictionary and a grammar book.


A number of good Latin dictionaries are available. We suggest the Chambers-Murray Latin-English Dictionary Chambers 1976. 


Cambridge Latin Grammar Cambridge University Press 1991, ISBN 0-521-38588-1. 

*** Only students enrolled on the course and the course tutors can access downloadable course materials ***

The following files are available to download to assist with your course.

*** Only students enrolled on the course and the course tutors can access downloadable course materials ***

The cost covers: 

For this you receive 

  • twelve 2-3 hour study sessions
  • up to 35 weeks e-tutoring
  • support from the Cambridge School Classics Project office

You will need to purchase your own texts as outlined in the materials section, from any good bookshop or online from You may also wish to purchase a dictionary and grammar book, and again the materials section gives advice on this. 

Payment may be made by online card payment or cheque. 

To pay online, by debit/credit card please click on the link below:

Pay for CSCP Latin Literature - Poetry

Please note that the above link will take you to the University's e-sales website, which is a different website to ours. You will need to create an account with University e-sales that is different to your course account to complete the purchase.

To pay by UK Sterling cheque, please first email the Independent Learning Manager.

If you wish to pay by cheque in a currency other than sterling, there is a supplement to cover our bank's currency conversion charges. For details of the current price please email the Independent Learning Manager or telephone on +44 1223 330579 (Tuesdays and Thursdays, GMT).  

Please note, before your online registration can be approved, you need to pay online or send a cheque to the Independent Learning Manager and complete the form for this course via the Enrol tab.

The Cambridge School Classics Project is a not-for-profit department of the University of Cambridge. As such we keep the cost of our courses as low as possible. Any money we may make on our Independent Learning courses is put back into providing greater resources and support for all students of Latin and the Classical world. 

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