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We are not enroling new students at this time.

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, amongst other materials, an Independent Learner's Guide, detailing what work to undertake in each session. For examination courses (Eduqas, AS/A Level), sessions are held online. 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. 

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

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