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Latin in the Landscape: Reading Local Inscriptions

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Term 2 (Wednesday, 7-9pm)

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Course Code

LLLLIL

Course Dates

10th January 2018 – 14th February 2018

Places Available

15

Course Leader

Lena Wahlgren-Smith
Course Description

Course overview

The English landscape is full of Latin: tombstones, statues, dedications of church fittings, even pub signs. This module provides a general overview of Latin inscriptions found in Hampshire and beyond, from the 15th century to the present day, and teaches the language skills to be able to translate them and interpret them. We will be working with the database Latin in the Landscape, which is set up to record and study Medieval and post-Medieval Latin inscriptions. We will also discuss how and why the Latin inscriptions work: why was Latin chosen for certain inscriptions? What is the wider significance of a particular inscription? Are there allusions to other literary texts and, if so, why?

 

 

Aims and learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you will have:

 

  • Knowledge of the various types of English monuments and memorials from c. 1400-the present day.
  • Understanding of the position of Latin in English culture and education from c 1400-the present day.
  • Basic Latin language skills.
  • Knowledge of standard abbreviations and symbols used in post-Classical Latin epigraphy.
  • Understanding of the structure of Latin memorial texts.
  • Knowledge of the standard conventions used to record inscriptions.

Summary of teaching and learning methods

This course will comprise the following teaching and learning methods:

  • Introductory lectures

 

  • Seminars (group discussion)

 

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