Basic Latin for Archivists and Researchers

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In the Basic Latin module we shall start with the absolute basics of the classical language, suitable for any application, and used in documents all over Western Europe. Covering beginners' grammar and translation, this module provides examples and practice to help you understand the structure of the language and the use of dictionaries, grammars and formularies, to equip you to translate easy documents. There is in addition background information on the history of the Latin language and its use in documents with particular emphasis on English and Scottish Latin documents.

  • An introduction to Latin and basic Latin grammar
  • How to use dictionaries, grammars and formularies
  • Proper names and numbers
  • Basic translations
  • How Latin is used in documents and why

The next step is Understanding Latin in Documents and Archives

Number of credits

10 SCQF credits (5 ECTS credits) on Level 5, SHE M (SCQF 11)


Nicola Mills