LAT2404 – Late Antique and Medieval Latin Texts

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

We read 60-75 pages* of prose and poetry from ca. 400-1400 AD. Different genres are represented, for example Christian hymns, epic poetry, historiography, biography and letters. In addition, you will be expected to read supplementary literature for in-dept-study and/or orientation.

* 1 page = 1 page in Teubner / Oxford Classical Texts.

Learning outcome

After this course, you will be able to:

  • translate the course texts from Latin to Norwegian or English
  • have full command of the central vocabulary of the texts
  • discuss linguistic and stylistic aspects of the texts
  • explain the development from classical metric poetry to rhythmic poetry
  • present Christianity's contribution to the development of language, style and content in Latin texts from the period 400-1400 AD
  • discuss the use of classical genres (e.g. epic poetry, historiography, biography, letters) during the late-antique and medieval period 
  • discuss how new genres (e.g. hymns, sermons) emerged/developed during the period


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

LAT1001 – Innføring i latin I and LAT1002 – Innføring i latin II or equivalent

Recommended previous knowledge

Knowledge of grammar equivalent to LAT1105 – Latinsk grammatikk I. We strongly recommend that you take 40 ECTS in Latin at the basic level before moving on to a more advanced level.


Autumn 2020: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the teaching will be digital on this course.

10 double sessions of seminars throughout the semester common with LAT4303 – Late Antique and Medieval Latin Prose and Poetry.

In order for you to be allowed to submit the final essay, the following compulsory tuition activity must be approved by the teacher:

Approval of the draft is valid only for the current semester.


Semester essay on a topic given by the teacher (8-10 pages, à 2300 characters, excl. bibliography).

In order for you to be allowed to submit the final essay, the compulsory tuition activity must be approved by the teacher.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

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

Resit an examination

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

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2020

The course is offered on an irregular basis.


Autumn 2020

The course is offered on an irregular basis.

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