2023-2024 / LCLA0075-1

Latin language 3


30h Th, 30h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in ancient and modern languages and literatures10 crédits 
 Bachelor in ancient languages and literatures : classics10 crédits 


Dominique Longrée

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

All year long, with partial in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The theoretical part of this course consists in the linguistic description of the phonological, morphological and syntactic systmes of Classical Latin. The study of phonology and morphology is based on a critical reading of various linguistic descriptions. The description of the syntactic structures of Classical Latin (cases syntax, subordinate clauses syntax) is based on the study of grammatical models (memorization and active knowledge of those models are required) and on the reading of texts from the beginning of the imperial period.
The course may also include an introduction to the archaïc, vulgar and late Latin.
 The practical part of this course is dedicated to exercises on the language (morphological and syntactic analysis exercises, translations, proses, various exercises in lexicography and syntax). The students prepare by themselves the reading, the translation and the grammatical commentary of the text mentioned above, but this homework is completed by exercises during the course.
New vocabulary lists have to be memorized.
Scientific papers in the field of the synchronic or diachronic description of the Latin language have to be red, summarized and criticized.
Tests are distributed all over the year, to allow the student to assess his progress and the work still needed.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

In the end of the course, the students must have acquired:
1. a perfect command of the lexicon and the Latin language structures in order to allow an easy reading of the Classical Latin prose-writers, the translation of Classical texts and the imitation or literary prose;
2. a perfect knowledge of the main phonological, morphological and syntactic phenomena;
3. the ability to apply to Latin the methods of a functional linguistic description.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Bloc 2 "Latin language II"

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Duration : 30h th. + 30 pr Tuesday and Thursday throughout the year.
Learning methods : lectures, exercises during the course and\or to prepare at home, translations and proses during the course and\or to prepare at home, translation and grammatical commentary of the text mentioned above to prepare at home, personal research on phonological and morphological questions (with correction during the course), reviews (written and oral) of papers.

Recommended or required readings

Notes and list of grammatical models supplied by the teacher.
A.-M. BOXUS et M. LAVENCY, Clauis, Grammaire latine pour la lecture des auteurs, Nouvelle édition, avec la collaboration de D. LONGREE et G. SCHOUPPE, Louvain-la-Neuve,2014.

G. ETIENNE, Cahier de vocabulaire latin, Liège, 19e édition, 1999.
G. FRANCOIS, Grammaire latine, Liège, 2e édition, 1976.
F. GAFFIOT, Dictionnaire latin-français illustré, Paris, Hachette, 1934
M. LAVENCY, Vsus, Description du Latin classique en vue de la lecture des auteurs, Grammaire latine, (Bibliothèque des Cahiers de l'Institut de Linguistique de Louvain, 88), Louvain-la-Neuve, 2e édition, 1997.
J. MICHEL et M. GESTER, Lexique de base du latin, Bruxelles, 2e édition, 1982.
E. FAMERIE, La maîtrise du latin par la pratique, Exercices de syntace et de style. Versions, thèmes grammaticaux et littéraires, avec corrigé, Paris, Arman Colin, 2020.

Any session :

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions ) AND oral exam

- Remote

written exam ( open-ended questions ) AND oral exam

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred in-person

Additional information:

Various homeworks, tests during the course.
Written examination, version and oral examination at the end of the year.
The mark of the midterm exam in January (written and oral) will count for 25% of the June final mark.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Teacher in charge of the course
Dominique LONGREE, Professeur Département des Sciences de l'Antiquité
7, Place du 20-Août - Bât. A1 - 3e ét.
Tel. : 04/366.55.72.
Valérie ELIAS
Tel. : 04/366.55.44.

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