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Late Latin: Autobiographical Narratives from the 4th and 5th Centuries AD (LATI10025)







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Visiting students must have completed at least 3 Classics related subject matter (at least 2 of which should be in Latin) at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum academic entry requirements does NOT guarantee admission. **Please note that 3rd year Classics/Latin courses have extremely limited spaces available, and are very popular, so students cannot be guaranteed a space in any 3rd year Classics/Latin course.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the Classics/Latin department directly to request additional spaces.

Course Summary

The course is centred on three of the best writers of Late Antiquity. It will focus on passages of first person narrative in Ammianus Marcellinus, Augustine, and Rutilius Namatianus.

Course Description

The course is centred on three of the best writers of Late Antiquity. It will focus on passages of first person narrative. Ammianus Marcellinus, one of the greatest Roman historians, tells with striking vividness of the astonishing dangers he experienced as a young army officer during the Persian invasion of AD 359; Augustine of Hippo, a brilliant rhetorician, recalls the events which led to his baptism in Milan cathedral by Ambrose in AD 387 and which therefore changed the history of Christian thought; and Rutilius Claudius Namatianus, a distinguished pagan courtier and ex-Prefect of Rome, interweaves an elegant poem describing his sea-journey home to Gaul in the autumn of AD 417 with musings on Rome's eternity and her recovery from Gothic attacks. The approach will be an interdisciplinary one, aiming to compensate for the neglect of these texts by literary Latinists but also looking at the wider historical context and implications.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 60%, Coursework 40%, Practical Exam 0%

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