• Class Number 3028
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic Latin Literature
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Paul Burton
    • Dr Paul Burton
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

Students continue their study of Latin literature, culture, history and language through the close study of a single author, a genre, or a theme. The special topic for each course (one per semester) will be announced in the previous year. The class will read the prescribed text in class. Topics for discussion will emerge from the reading. There will be further tuition in and revision of the grammar and syntax of Latin.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Read significant passages of the Latin text(s) studied in class with the aid of a dictionary and a commentary, and read passages from the same author(s) at sight with some vocabulary glossed.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of specific grammatical concepts and core vocabulary relevant to the text(s).
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the author(s)' literary style, compositional approach and/or rhetorical effects.
  4. Discuss the literary, historical and cultural contexts of the text(s) studied.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of scholarly approaches to the author(s), text(s) or genre(s) studied.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • verbal feedback in class
  • verbal feedback during office visits (should students choose to visit)
  • results on mid-term exam and exercises
  • written feedback on essays

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Referencing requirements:

Essays and commentaries must be fully referenced using the Chicago style (notes and bibliography) with bracketed references for ancient sources (see below). The ANU library has a subscription to the Chicago Manual of Style.

Chicago Manual of Style quick reference


Citation of Ancient Works:

Ancient source materials must be cited according to the proper citation conventions used by classicists and ancient historians. For ancient texts, this usually means that page numbers in modern translations are to be avoided; rather, citation should be according to the ancient divisions of a work (e.g. by book and chapter numbers in a prose work, book and line numbers in a work of poetry). Use the abbreviations in the Oxford Classical Dictionary (most recent edition) or the Oxford Latin Dictionary. For Greek works you need the Liddell, Scott, Jones (LSJ) abbreviations.

Citations of ancient works may be put either in brackets within the text or in footnotes. If no further information is to be given about the source, within brackets is preferable, before the punctuation like this (Suet. Aug. 4.1). If you will be putting in a footnote anyway, you may put the ancient source in the footnote, without brackets, as long as the ancient source comes first in the list of references. Modern sources in footnotes should usually be listed in date order. A full searchable list of ancient works and their appropriate abbreviations (from Oxford Classical Dictionary, 4th Ed.) can be found in a pdf on the Wattle page for the course.

Do not list the ancient sources in your bibliography.

Reading list:

Several relevant books are on short reserve in the Chifley library for the semester. Please be considerate of other students when you use these works, especially near due dates.

The list is available on the library web site (search under Garrett for lecturer)


Each week you should be reading at least one work of secondary literature (such as a journal article or book chapter). I will suggest on Wattle which readings would be appropriate each week, with a ‘key reading’ that I would like you to prioritise each week so we can discuss it in class. At the beginning of the semester I will put them up online, but as the semester goes on I will give you the reference and expect you to build your research skills by finding the material yourself.

Some of these works may not seem immediately relevant but they will show you what people do in the field of ancient biography, and what perhaps you might be able to do with Suetonius.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Reading Caesar, de bello Gallico The book will be read/referred to each week of the 12 week semester.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Exercises 20 % 01/01/2029 01/02/2029 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Essay 25 % 01/01/2029 01/02/2029 1, 2, 3, 4
Mid-semester test 15 % 01/01/2029 01/02/2029 1, 2, 3, 4
Final three-hour exam 40 % 01/01/2029 01/02/2029 1, 2, 3, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 01/01/2029
Return of Assessment: 01/02/2029
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 01/01/2029
Return of Assessment: 01/02/2029
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4


Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 01/01/2029
Return of Assessment: 01/02/2029
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Mid-semester test

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 01/01/2029
Return of Assessment: 01/02/2029
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Final three-hour exam

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Assignments submitted online (essay and commentary) will be returned in the same way. The unseen translation and mid-semester test will be completed in class and returned in hard copy in class. 

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Not permitted.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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