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HS5250 Latin for Medievalists

Instructor: Dr Hannes Kleineke

Terms 1 & 2. To be taught at Royal Holloway. Day and time to be arranged.

The aim of the course is to enable students to learn enough Latin to be able to use it for research purposes, especially if they are going on to doctoral work following the MA. Students will be strongly recommended to take a summer follow-up course in Latin to confirm what they have learnt.

By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Read simple texts in classical Latin at a level approaching that of GCSE
  • Parse all five declensions and indicative verbs
  • Read and understand documents in basic medieval Latin such as wills, deeds and accounts

Assessment: by written examination (3 hours), including a translation of medieval material, as well as a comprehension test; use of dictionaries is allowed.

Suggested Reading:

Hendricks, Rhoda A., Latin Made Simple (London: Heinemann, 1982).

Cheney, C. R., ed., A Handbook of Dates for Students of British History, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks 4, new edn. rev. by Michael Jones (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000).

Stuart, Denis, Latin for Local and Family Historians: A Beginner’s Guide (Chichester: Phillimore, 2000).

Gooder, Eileen A., Latin for Local History: An Introduction, 2nd edn (London: Longman, 1978).


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