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Intermediate Latin I - AGLV00043
Title: Intermediate Latin I
Guaranteed by: Institute for Greek and Latin Studies (21-URLS)
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Actual: from 2022
Semester: winter
Points: 0
E-Credits: 3
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:0/2, Ex [HT]
Capacity: unknown / unlimited (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
Virtual mobility / capacity: yes / unlimited
Key competences: 4EU+ Flagship 2
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Additional information:
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
can be fulfilled in the future
Guarantor: Mgr. Bc. Martina Vaníková, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): Mgr. Bc. Martina Vaníková, Ph.D.
Class: A – Mezioborová nabídka VP: Jazykové kurzy
Exchange - 09.5 Classical Philology
Exchange - 09.9 Others-Lang. & Philolog. Sciences
Last update: Mgr. Bc. Martina Vaníková, Ph.D. (26.05.2021)
This course covers basic morphology and syntax according to the Cambridge Latin Course IV and V.

The Cambridge Latin Course is the most popular and most successful Latin course in the UK. With over 4,000,000 copies sold, its methods are well established and highly effective.

There are five Books in the Cambridge Latin Course which take students from beginner to Level 2/GCSE. The story-based Course provides an enjoyable and carefully paced introduction to the Latin language, complemented by background information on Roman culture and civilisation. The material progresses from simple stories written specially for the Course, through adaptations of Roman authors, to original texts. The texts are accompanied by explanations of key language points, and are supported by grammar practice exercises.

CLC IV (stages 29-34)
Book IV focuses on imperial Rome, looking at key features of the city itself and various aspects of Roman life, including social structure, architecture, religious beliefs and entertainment.

CLC V (stages 35-40)
Book V is set in and around the court of Emperor Domitian and the stories explore the tensions and effects of living under a tyranny. Topics covered include town and country life, the emperor's council, the senatorial career and marriage. Verse by Martial and Ovid is integrated with the stories and themes, and the language notes include a systematic introduction to verse word order.
Aim of the course
Last update: Mgr. Bc. Martina Vaníková, Ph.D. (26.05.2021)
The students are able to read original Latin texts with the help of teacher/grammaŕ books/dictionary, as well as translating the texts with the detailed comprehension of the sentence structure and the grammar means used. They understand complex morphosyntactic structures. 
Course completion requirements
Last update: Mgr. Bc. Martina Vaníková, Ph.D. (26.05.2021)

Written test:

- understanding and translation of an unknown Latin text (of the approppriate level) to English

- incl. questions concentrating on the grammar studied. 

Last update: Mgr. Bc. Martina Vaníková, Ph.D. (26.05.2021)

Cambridge Latin Course Textbook IV/V.

Shall the students need anything else, it will be provided at the lessons. 


There are enough copies of the book in the library at the Institute for Greek and Latin Studies (Celetná).

NB: In case of online teaching, the online versions of the books will be provided. 


The course has its Moodle class here:

In the Moodle class, there are materials to each stage, homework and notes taken in the classes. 

Teaching methods
Last update: Mgr. Bc. Martina Vaníková, Ph.D. (22.09.2021)

While reading and translating the texts, the students discover the grammarical rules and laws. 

We will discuss the Latin vocabulary to map the patterns and the system of loanwords to English and other languages. 

A substantial part of the learning process happens through reading Latin texts at home. 


In 2021/2022 the course would be consist of online classes on Zoom combined with Moodle practices and readings at home.

The link to the Zoom room: 

Last update: Mgr. Bc. Martina Vaníková, Ph.D. (26.05.2021)

We will cover the Cambridge Latin Course stages 29-40.

The detailed sylabus follows: 


Stage 29

revision of present and imperfect + passive voice 

purpose clause with the relative pronoun

compound verbs

homereading in English: The Roman Forum, The Jews and the Romans


Stage 30

revision of perfect and pluperfect + passive voice 

homereading in English: Roman builders


Stage 31

revision of participles

ablative absolute

conjunction ne

homereading in English: Patronage


Stage 32

deponent verbs


future participles

homereading in English: Roman society, Beliefs


Stage 33

future tense

future perfect tense

homereading in English: Entertainment


Stage 34

present passive infinitive

homereading in English: Freedmen


Stage 35

indirect statement

homereading in English: Country villas


Stage 36

present subjunctives

homereading in English: Recitationes


Stage 37

indirect statement: perfective active and passive infinitive

result clauses

homereading in English: The emperor's council; The senatorial career


Stage 38

indirect statement: future infinitives

perfect subjunctive

homereading in English: Marriage


Stage 39

complete review of passive voice

homereading in English: Authors, readers and listeners


Stage 40

complete review of indirect statements



homereading in English: Roman law courts



Entry requirements
Last update: Mgr. Bc. Martina Vaníková, Ph.D. (26.05.2021)

The studenta can take this course if they successfully finished the Introductory Latin Course II or any comparable Latin Course (he has covered the books CLC I-III).

The student must have a solid knowledge of English. 


I.E. the student should be familiar with the following morphosyntactic features: 


  •     1st, 2nd and 3rd declension nouns and adjectives   
  •     Gradation of adjectives (comparative and superlative) 
  •     Personal, posessive, demonstrative and relative pronouns


  •     Present, imperfect, perfect and pluperfect tense (indicative, active voice) of all 4 conjugations
  •     Imperfect and pluperfective subjunctive (active voice)
  •     Imperative
  •     Present and perfect participles 
  •     Irregular Verbs volo, nolo, possum, esse


  •     cum historicum
  •     indirect questions
  •     indirect commands
  •     result and purpose clauses
Other recommended courses
Last update: Mgr. Bc. Martina Vaníková, Ph.D. (26.05.2021)

Upon completing this course the students can take the course Intermediate Latin II or any course on reading Latin texts. 

Requisites for virtual mobility
Last update: Mgr. Bc. Martina Vaníková, Ph.D. (28.02.2022)

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