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Continuing classical Latin

This intermediate module builds on your knowledge of Latin vocabulary and grammar, teaching you the skills required for reading and appreciating original texts on your own – from the works of Catullus and Ovid to Virgil’s account of the fall of Troy in Aeneid II. Besides working on translation skills, you will also engage in cultural and literary study of the texts, viewing them as both great pieces of literature and rich insights into Roman culture. The module would suit students with a good basic grounding in Latin.

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3 10 6
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Distance Learning
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What you will study

This module is designed to consolidate and develop your knowledge of Latin and your competence in reading various genres of Latin texts. It is based on four published books: The Latin Language; the Cambridge Latin Anthology; R. H. Jordan’s edition of Virgil: Aeneid II; and D. West’s translation of The Aeneid.

In the first 20 weeks of your study you will work through The Latin Language to consolidate your grammar and learn new grammatical features. You will also read selections of passages from the Cambridge Latin Anthology, which include Catullus, Cicero, Horace, Martial, Ovid, Seneca, Tacitus and Pliny the Younger. In the remaining 12 weeks, you will focus on studying the set text, Virgil’s Aeneid II. Reading through this text will both hone your knowledge of Latin grammar and give you extensive practice in translation, but will also allow you to appreciate the style and literary qualities of one of Rome’s finest poets. Apart from reading most of Book 2 in Latin, you’re also encouraged to read as much of the rest of the poem as you can in West’s translation and to use this wider context to consider some of the major themes of the poem and its role in the culture and politics of Augustan Rome.

Throughout the module, you are encouraged to familiarise yourself with the use of a Latin dictionary by using the Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary, which has both Latin-to-English and English-to-Latin sections. There are two audio CDs that contain a talk on the Latin language; discussions on themes and issues of translation in the Aeneid and several readings of study passages from the Cambridge Latin Anthology and Aeneid II.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. We may also be able to offer group tutorials or day schools that you are encouraged, but not obliged, to attend. Where your tutorials are held will depend on the distribution of students taking the module.  

Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.


The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box above.

You must submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) on paper.

Future availability

The details given here are for the module that starts in October 2014 when it will be available for the last time.


As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.

Course work includes:

4 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
No residential school


This is an OU level 3 module. OU level 3 modules build on study skills and subject knowledge acquired from studies at OU levels 1 and 2. They are intended only for students who have recent experience of higher education in a related subject, preferably with the OU.

You might find it helpful to look at Sections 1 to 4 of Reading Latin by P. V. Jones and K. C. Sidwell (Cambridge University Press) to see what grammar and vocabulary is covered as this module builds on this level of understanding.  

Whatever your previous experience of studying Latin, the preparatory booklet for this module will help you to decide whether the module is at an appropriate level for you and to prepare for it. The booklet will be sent to you as part of the study material, but if you would like it before you register you can download it now as a PDF file. If you are unable access this file,  please send an A4, self-addressed envelope marked ‘A397 preparation’ to the A397 Curriculum Manager, The Faculty of Arts, The Open University, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA and we will send you a copy. No postage is required. 

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.

Preparatory work

You are strongly advised to work through the preparatory booklet (see Entry above) before the module begins, to refresh your knowledge of the language and to note areas of grammar to consolidate. In particular we think it would be especially useful to do some work on the formation and use of the passive, and the formation of the subjunctive. You may also like to look at the interactive exercises in Latin grammar which is accessible from the Department of Classical Studies website


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The deadline for financial support applications has now passed

October 2014 is the final start date for this course. For more information, see Future availability.

Ways to pay for this module

Open University Student Budget Account

The Open University Student Budget Accounts Ltd (OUSBA) offers a convenient 'pay as you go' option to pay your OU fees, which is a secure, quick and easy way to pay. Please note that The Open University works exclusively with OUSBA and is not able to offer you credit facilities from any other provider. All credit is subject to status and proof that you can afford the repayments.

You pay the OU through OUSBA in one of the following ways:

  • Register now, pay later – OUSBA pays your module fee direct to the OU. You then repay OUSBA interest-free and in full just before your module starts. 0% APR representative. This option could give you the extra time you may need to secure the funding to repay OUSBA.
  • Pay by instalments – OUSBA calculates your annual fees and spreads them out over up to a year, enabling you to pay your fees monthly and walk away with a qualification without any further debt. APR 5.1% representative.

Read more about Open University Student Budget Accounts (OUSBA).  

Employer sponsorship

Studying with The Open University can boost your employability. OU qualifications are recognised and respected by employers for their excellence and the commitment they take to achieve one. They also value the skills that students learn and can apply in the workplace.

More than one in 10 OU students are sponsored by their employer, and over 30,000 employers have used the OU to develop staff so far. If the qualification you’ve chosen is geared towards your job or developing your career, you could approach your employer to see if they will sponsor you by paying some or all of the fees. 

  • Your employer just needs to complete a simple form to confirm how much they will be paying and we will invoice them.
  • You won’t need to get your employer to complete the form until after you’ve chosen your modules.  

Credit/debit card

You can pay part or all of your tuition fees upfront with a debit or credit card when you register for each module. 

We accept American Express, Maestro (UK only), Mastercard, Visa/Delta and Visa Electron. 

Gift vouchers

You can pay for part or all of your tuition fees with OU gift vouchers. Vouchers are currently available in the following denominations, £10, £20, £50 and £100. 

Mixed payments

We know that sometimes you may want to combine payment options. You may, for example wish to pay part of your tuition fee with a debit card and pay the remainder in instalments through an Open University Student Budget Accounts (OUSBA).

For more information about combining payment options, speak to an adviser.

Note: Your permanent address/domicile will affect your fee status and therefore the fees you are charged and any financial support available to you. The fees and funding information provided here is based upon current details for  year 1 August 2014 to 31 July 2015.
This information was provided on 22/09/2014.

What's included

Printed materials, audio CDs, website.

Scottish Classics Group, The Latin Language: A Handbook for Students

A. Carter and P. Parr, Cambridge Latin Anthology

You will need

CD player.

Computing requirements

You will need a computer with internet access to study this module as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.

  • If you have purchased a new desktop or laptop computer since 2008 you should have no problems completing the online activities.
  • If you’ve got a netbook, tablet or other mobile device check our Technical requirements section.
  • If you use an Apple Mac you will need OS X 10.7 or later.

You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information (including details of the support we provide).

Materials to buy

Set books

  • West, D (tr) Virgil: The Aeneid Penguin £10.99 - ISBN 9780140449327
  • Morwood, J (ed) The Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary (3rd edn) Oxford University Press £11.99 - ISBN 9780198610052
  • Jordan, R H (ed) Virgil: Aeneid II Bristol Classical Press £10.99 - ISBN 9781853995422 This book is Print On Demand, please allow at least 7 weeks for receipt following order

If you have a disability

Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and musical notation and mathematical, scientific, and foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way. Other alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future.

If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students.