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Introductory Latin Course I - ALTV00119
Title: Introductory Latin Course I
Guaranteed by: Institute for Greek and Latin Studies (21-URLS)
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Actual: from 2021
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
Explanation: Latin language for beginners
Additional information:
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
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. (07.07.2020)
This course covers basic morphology and syntax according to the Cambridge Latin Course I and II.

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.

We're travelling back almost 2000 years to AD 79, a time when the Romans controlled much of Europe. The magnificent Italian city of Rome is the centre of the Roman Empire and 125 miles to the south of the capital are the beautiful Bay of Naples, the slumbering volcano Mount Vesuvius, and the prosperous Roman town of Pompeii. Let's explore Pompeii, meet some of its citizens and investigate the Roman world.

In Book II, we travel to two distant Roman provinces, both very different from each other. Exotic Egypt will be the final destination, but first, explore a Roman province on the very edge of the Empire where it is cold and wet. Welcome to Britannia!
Aim of the course
Last update: Mgr. Bc. Martina Vaníková, Ph.D. (26.05.2021)

The students are familiar with Latin linguistic terminology, and they are able to read simple Latin texts on their own, as well as translating the texts with the detailed comprehension of the sentence structure and the grammar means used. The understand the use of declensions, the use of Latin present, imperfect and perfect tenses. 

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 I, II

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. (26.05.2021)

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 obligatory homework (see 


In 2020/2021 due to the government restrictions, the course is taught online (we combine online classes on Zoom with Moodle). 


In 2021/2022 the course the form of the course depends on the restrictions:

- should the on-campus learning be allowed, the course would run in a hybrid regime: classroom classes that will be streamed online for those who can't be present + Moodle practices and reading at home. 

- should the on-campus learning is restricted, the course would be consist again of online classes on Zoom combined with Moodle practices and readings at home.

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

We will cover the Cambridge Latin Course stages 1-18.

The detailed sylabus follows: 

week 1

Latin as an Indoeuropean language, pronunciation, basic terminology, the terms "conjugation" and "declension". 

CLC stages 1+2+3 (VERB: present tense, 3 sg., NOUN: nom. and acc. sg.)

homereading in English: Caecilius, Metella, Houses of Pompeii, Daily life, The town of Pompeii  

week 2

CLC stages 4+5 (VERB: present tense, 1+2 sg., 3. pl. NOUN: nom. pl.)

homereading in English: The forum, The theatre et Pompeii

week 3

CLC stages 6+7 (VERB: perfect and imperfect tense, 3 sg.+pl., 3. pl. NOUN: nom. pl.)

homereading in English: Slaves and Freedmen, Roman beliefs about life after death

week 4

CLC stages 8 (NOUN: acc. pl., ADJ: superlatives)

homereading in English: Gladiators, Animal hunts,, The riot at Pompeii

week 5

CLC stage 9 (VERB: 1+2 sg., NOUN: dative case, personal pronouns)

homereading in English: The baths

week 6

CLC stages 10+11 (VERB: complete present tense + esse /to be/, questions)

homereading in English: Schools, Local government and elections

week 7

CLC stage 12 (VERB: complete imperfect and perfect tenses)

homereading in English: The destruction and excavation of Pompeii

--- end of Book I ---

week 8

CLC stage 13 (VERB: infinitive act., possum /can/, volo /want/, 3. pl. NOUN: nom. pl.)

homereading in English: Britannia and its farms, The slaves, Salvius

week 9

CLC stage 14 (ADJECTIVES – revision)

homereading in English: The Romans in Britain

week 10

CLC stage 15 (VERB: imperfect of possum, relative clause)

homereading in English: Cogidubnus

week 11

CLC stage 16 (VERB: pluperfect tense)

homereading in English: The palace at Fishbourne

week 12

CLC stage 17 (NOUN: genitive case)

homereading in English: Alexandria

week 13

CLC stage 18 (ADJECTIVES + NOUNS: revision)

homereading in English: Glassmaking in Alexandria, Egypt

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

This course is meant for complete beginners, the only requirement is a solid knowledge of English. 

Other recommended courses
Last update: Mgr. Bc. Martina Vaníková, Ph.D. (07.07.2020)

Upon completing this course, you can continue with the Introductory Latin Course II. 

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