CLAS244-24S1 (D) Semester One 2024 (Distance)

Intermediate Latin Authors A

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


The aim, by the end of the course, is to equip students with the skills and knowledge to enable them to read actual Latin texts and great authors such as Catullus, Vergil, Ovid, Cicero, Tacitus and others who remain amongst the most influential and important literary figures of the ancient world.

This course offers a review and consolidation of grammar learned in CLAS 145, as well as the study of selected Latin texts and unseen passages.

Class sessions will be devoted to lecture, exercises, translation and applying knowledge to Latin inscriptions and graffiti. Students will be assigned homework every day and will be expected to bring completed homework to class and to read answers to prepared exercises or read out their prepared translations if called on. There will also be group work on new exercises and previously unseen Latin.

Learning Outcomes

Students who pass this course will acquire:

1. A complete, basic knowledge of Latin grammar and inflections.
2. Basic skills required for the translation of unedited ancient Latin texts.
3. An understanding of how Latin texts provide information about Roman history, literature, society and culture acquired by reading adapted Latin texts.
4. An understanding of the Latin roots of many words in modern European languages, English, and even transliterated words in Māori.
5. By the end of the course, knowledge and skills required to read extended, unedited passages of Latin with the help of a commentary in CLAS245: Intermediate Latin Authors B.

Transferrable skills for future employment:

6. In-depth knowledge of English grammar and a better-developed vocabulary in English.
7. Well-disciplined study habits and better time-management skills.
8. Ability to memorize large quantities of material.
9. Confidence in sharing prepared work and opinions with a group.
10. Ability to turn up to class every day, prepared, as one would for a job.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


CLAS145, or
subject to approval of the Head of Department.



Course Coordinator

Alison Griffith


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Quizzes 36% Fifteen online multi choice quizzes (one per chapter): best 12 will count (3% each)
Preparation and Participation 10%
Test 24% Test
Final Exam 30% Final Exam

Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Frederic M. Wheelock and Richard A. LaFleur; Wheelock's Latin ; 7th; New York: Harpercollins College Outline, 2011 (Available at the University Bookshop).

Norma W. Goldman; English Grammar for Students of Latin ; 3rd; Ann Arbor, USA: Olivia and Hill Press, 2004 (Available in the University Bookshop).

Recommended Reading

P.T. Comeau and R.A. LaFleur; Workbook for Wheelock’s Latin ; 3rd ed. revised; Harper Collins Outline, 2000 (Copies are available in the UC library).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $844.00

International fee $3,950.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities .

All CLAS244 Occurrences

  • CLAS244-24S1 (A) Semester One 2024 (The Arts Centre Christchurch)
  • CLAS244-24S1 (D) Semester One 2024 (Distance)