LAT2401 – Augustan poetry

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Course content

Augustan poetry is so named after the reign of the first Roman emperor Augustus (27 BC - 14 AD) and is often considered part of the Golden Age of Latin literature. It has also profoundly influenced the reception of Rome and Latin literature in later cultures. We will read a selection of Augustan poetry (e.g., Vergil, Ovid, Horace) in addition to secondary literature regarding literary, historical, linguistic and/or cultural aspects of the texts, including their reception. The course also entails an introduction to metrics and scansion.

Learning outcome

When you have completed this course, you will be able to:
• interpret and translate the pensum texts into Norwegian or English
• explain how the poetic language differs from the language of classical prose
• read the poems out loud based on analysis of the poems' meter and verse
• interpret the texts by taking into account their meta-poetical, historical, and cultural aspects


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

LAT1001 – Innføring i latin I, LAT1002 – Innføring i latin II and LAT1403 or equivalent.

Recommended previous knowledge

We recommend that you have passed all Latin text courses at the 1000 level before you sign up for text courses at the 2000 level. 

We expect that you have knowledge in Latin equivalent to LAT1105 – Latinsk grammatikk I and at least one text course at the 1000 level.


14 double sessions of seminars. In addition, 4 double sessions of seminars on the metres of the curriculum texts. Seminars require that students participate actively. We expect you to prepare for the seminars.

In order for you to qualify for the final examination, the following compulsory tuition activity must be approved by the teacher:

  • midterm qualification test (approved/not approved)


Written exam (4 hours).

In order for you to qualify for the final examination, all compulsory tuition activities must be approved by the teacher.

Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

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