HIST425: Introduction to Latin Translation for Historians

Available 2017/18

Course Convenor: Professor John Thorley

This is a special intensive course for students who have little or no previous knowledge of Latin. The course concentrates on the basics of Latin Grammar and vocabulary as used in the Medieval period, though it will also be very useful for students of the Roman and Renaissance periods. By the end of the course students should be able to read sources such as title deeds, court rolls, government records, wills, and inscriptions. Help will be given to individual students on Latin texts relevant to their dissertation or thesis.

Taught: Michaelmas and Lent

Assessment: Two course work exercises and a final examination.

Selected Reading:

  • J. Thorley, Documents in Medieval Latin.
  • E. A. Gooder, Latin for Local Historians.
  • R. Latham (ed.), Medieval Latin Word-List.
  • Any standard Latin-English dictionary.