Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin

The unit Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin introduces students to the basic grammatical and syntactical knowledge that will lead to a grasp of the Latin ecclesiastical writings and an appreciation of the place of Latin within the heritage of the Church. As such, it is an elective unit and does not form part of a Major in any specific Discipline.

All A units are not included in the structure of Majors or Sub-majors (UG studies) or in concentration or specialisation (PG studies).


Study Level



Humanities in the Christian Tradition

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Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate familiarity with the basic elements of Latin grammar within the broader context of English grammar and syntax
  2. demonstrate familiarity with the language structure and vocabulary encountered in scriptural, liturgical and patristic texts
  3. analyse the influence of Church Latin on Western culture, language, music, and language idiom
  4. identify the place of the Latin language in the heritage of the Church
  5. adapt and apply knowledge gained to ecclesiastical texts.
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