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LT4217 Latin Oratory

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:11.00 am - 12.00 noon Wed and Fri

Oratory - or 'public-speaking' - was a fundamental medium throughout classical antiquity, in Greek and Roman cultures alike. It dominated mainstream education and was a sine qua non in politics and law, those principle arenas of the aristocracy. But despite being a constant, oratory was far from stable and was frequently theorised, defined, defended and developed. This module looks at some key texts in the history of Latin oratory, selected from a time spanning the early Republic to the High Empire.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all Classics and Latin Degrees and Greek (Single and Joint, but excluding Three subject) Degrees

UG Pre-requisite(s):40 credits from LT2001, LT2002, LT2003, LT2004, including one pass at 11 or better, or a pass in LT3018, or evidence of equivalent linguistic achievement.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 2-hour seminar and 1 coursework consultation hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 20
  • Guided independent study: 280

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 45%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 55%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 40%, Coursework = 60% (commentary and essay tasks, 45%, class test, 15%)
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr N Wiater
Module teaching staff:Team taught