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The Latin Literature Prose 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 course is not examined and is ideally suited to those who want to improve their reading fluency and broaden their experience of classical literature. Students can also use the course in preparation for our AS course. 


The course consists of 12 sessions.  In the prose course we read extracts from Tacitus, Caesar, Pliny the Elder, Pliny the Younger, Cicero and the Acts of the Apostles. 


For further details of the content and cost of the course 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.


The Latin prose literature course aims to give readers an introduction to six key authors of Latin prose: Tacitus, Caesar, Pliny the Elder, Pliny the Younger, Cicero and Paul the Apostle. As with all our Latin literature courses, the prose course also aims to develop reading competence and confidence and to nurture informed personal response to classical literature.

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

Tacitus - Boudica's rebellion
Tacitus - Boudica's rebellion
Caesar - The power of the Druids
Caesar - Druidic education and religion
Tacitus - The Druids' last stand 
Pliny the Elder - Mistletoe
Pliny the Younger - A day in the life of Pliny the Elder
Pliny the Younger - The death of Pliny the Elder
Pliny the Younger - The death of Pliny the Elder
Pliny the Younger - Arria
10  Pliny the Younger - Ummidia Quadratilla
11  Pliny the Younger - Calpurnia 
Cicero - Clodia
12  Paul the Apostle - Unrest at Ephesus


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, 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 texts 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. [Please note that as we are in lockdown, we are not accepting cheques during this time.]

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

Pay for CSCP Latin Literature - Prose

To pay by UK Sterling cheque, please make the cheque for the required amount payable to 'University of Cambridge' and send to: Independent Learning Manager, CSCP, Faculty of Education, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PQ.

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.  

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. 

To complete your enrolment on this course, please ensure you complete and submit the Enrloment form via the Enrol tab.

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(Please note, payment is required before final approval of your enrolment. Full details on how to pay are in the course's 'Cost' tab.)

Please note: the distance learning office is closed from 22-30 September. Pending enrolments will be processded from 1 October.

Note: Due to Covid restrictions, the University has now shut the CSCP office to an indefinite date; the CSCP team are therefore working from home. You may still enrol on a course. IL course materials are being supplied as digital downloads -accessible once your enrolment is processed. Audio CD sets are not available at this time; please do not order the CD sets when enrolling.

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