Course Summary

An understanding of Latin and its literature is important for an appreciation of European culture. In this beginners’ course, students learn to read Latin and find their way into the history and culture of Ancient Rome. It covers the basics of Latin grammar and vocabulary. The emphasis is on reading Latin.

Course Sessions

Tuesday, 9th April - 12 classes

Session ID DLB67705C
9 Apr - 25 Jun 5:45pm - 7:15pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$349 / $332 (conc)
Tim Waugh

Monday, 29th April - 12 classes

Session ID DLB67707C
29 Apr - 22 Jul 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$349 / $332 (conc)
Peter Daly

Monday, 6th May - 12 classes

Session ID DLB67706C
6 May - 29 Jul 5:45pm - 7:15pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$349 / $332 (conc)

No class on Jun.10, 2019

Students learn to read and translate simple Latin text from the Oxford Latin Course: Student’s Book Part 1; learn the forms of three cases of the Latin nouns and the forms of Latin verbs in the present, imperfect and perfect tenses, and the indicative active. Opportunities are provided to students to compose their own Latin sentences using the grammar they have learned. There is considerable discussion of aspects of Roman history and culture.


By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • read and translate simple Latin text;
  • compose simple Latin sentences.

There are no prerequisites for this course and it is suitable for complete beginners.

Textbook: Oxford Latin Course: Student’s Book Part 1, by Maurice Balme and James Morwood, ISBN 10: 0199122261X ISBN 14: 9780199122264 

This is the red student book. The 2nd edition and the 2nd edition revised are equivalent.

Available at:

Language International Bookshop

Foreign Language Bookshop

Many students are interested in buying a Latin dictionary. Although this is not required for the course, the Collins Latin dictionary is recommended. 

Dictionary: Collins Latin Dictionary & Grammar, ISBN: 9780007224395. 

This dictionary is also available as a convenient iPhone App, available at the Apple App Store: Collins Latin Dictionary by MobiSystems Inc. 

***Cancellations or postponements are notified 48 hours before class commencement. Please consider this before purchasing class materials***

Suitable for beginners.

Last updated: March 26, 2019 03:13pm