Latin Language and Culture I
Cod: 51030
Department: DH
Scientific area: Language
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

This curricular unit continues the study of Latin language in an intermediate level.
The lessons in which the syllabus is divided propose an active work and commitment and are developed to answer to a progressive difficulty level.
Consolidating the previous knowledge of Latin grammar towards an intermediate level, students are to study the Latin literature in the Republic age; the texts will be in prose and verse, according to the textbook and other material provided by the teacher (Catulus, Cicero, Salust, Nepos).
Further reading items are indicated to provide information on Latin literature of this period (poetry, philosophy, biography, and history).

  1. Latin Language
  2. Roman Culture
  3. Latin Literature

• Understand the intermediate structures of Latin grammar (all declensions and conjugations);
• Recognize the vocabulary of specific areas;
• Establish lexical relations between Latin and Portuguese;
• Use grammar knowledge in other texts;
• Recognize the main characteristics of the Latin literature in the Republican age (different genres) and theirs authors.

1. Verbs
1.1 Aspect;
1.2 Gerundive and future infinitive;
1.3 Future participle and infinitive (active voice);
1.4 Active and passive periphrastic;
1.5 Subjunctive;
1.6 Defective and impersonal verbs;
1.7 Syntax of the verb
2. Negation.
3. Numerals from 100.
4. Subordination Clauses
4.1 Ablative Absolute
4.2 Comparative clauses;
4.3 Concessive clauses;
4.4 Consecutive clauses;
4.5 Final clauses and other expression of purpose;
4.6 Indirect questions;
4.7 Relative clauses with subjunctive.
5. Correlative pronouns; indefinite pronouns.
6. Syntax of the adjective.

Textbook: João Nunes Torrão, Latim I (Lisboa: Universidade Aberta)
1. Grammar and dictionary:
• ALMENDRA, Maria Ana & José Nunes de Figueiredo, Compêndio de Gramática Latina (Porto: Porto Editora, 1996), ou edições posteriores.
• Dicionário de Latim-Português (3ª ed. [revista], Porto: Porto Editora, 2008).
2. Cultural aspects:
• CENTENO, Rui Manuel Sobral (coord.), Civilizações Clássicas II: Roma (Lisboa: Universidade Aberta, 1997).
3. Further reading:
• PEREIRA, Maria Helena da Rocha, Estudos de História da Cultura Clássica II: Cultura Romana (3ª ed., Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, 2002, ou edição posterior).

Other resources will be available during the semester.


Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%).
In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).

The curricular unit is preceded by Latim Elementar II.