This site contains all you need to know about studying Latin in Year 7. This year's syllabus has two main sections.

In the first part of the year we will study philosophy, with a focus on Stoicism and Seneca's views on suicide. Within this context we shall study a number of different authors in translation (Lucretius, Cicero, Seneca, and Tacitus) to explore the prevailing philosophical, cultural, and social attitudes towards death. The unseen text for the preBac will be a passage from Cicero, De Finibus. Available in English here and Latin here.

In the second part of the year, the main feature, we will turn to the BAC or Pensum subject: Feminae Romanae. Here we will study the figures of Cleopatra, Dido, Clodia, Claudia Severa, Lucretia, Agrippina, and Sophonisba through a wide selection of primary and secondary sources. The key questions are:

  • What kind of stereotypes or clichés are attached to women in ancient Rome?
  • How useful are female characters to the moral purpose of the writers of history?
  • In what ways could a Roman woman be significant at different periods in Roman history?

The unseen texts for the BAC may be related to the topic and will consist of a literary and a non-literary text

Below you will find a brief overview of this year's Latin Year 7 syllabus. If you click on the links to the left you will find out much more about different sections of the syllabus, the readings, and extra information. If you think anything should be added, please let Dr. Nice know and he will try to make it happen!

Syllabus 2016-2017

 Seneca | Feminae Romanae


Seneca on Suicide


Main Text


  • Seneca, Letter to Lucilius 70. Available here.
In English


  • Plato, Phaedo 66.
  • Lucretius, De Rerum Natura, 2.1-61.
  • Lucretius, De Rerum Natura, 3.1053-1094.
  • Seneca, Letter to Lucilius 77. Available here.
  • Seneca, Consolatio ad Marciam, esp. chs. 25-end. Available in Latin here; in English here.
  • Tacitus, Annales 15.60-64 (the death of Seneca). Available here.
  • Epictetus, Discourses 2.19.22-29.
  • Nietzsche (1886), Beyond Good and Evil, 1.9 (1886).

Sanchez Death of Seneca

 The Death of Seneca

Manuel Dominguez Sánchez (1840-1906), 1871. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid.


Feminae Romanae


Required Texts


  • The full pensum is available here.
  • Cleopatra (Horace, Carmina 1.37).
  • Dido (Vergil, Aeneid 4.630-705).
  • Clodia (Cicero, pro Caelio 30-36; Catullus, 2, 3, 5, 51, 70, 79, 83).
  • Claudia Severa (Vindolanda Tablet 291).
  • Lucretia (Livy, 1.57-58).
  • Agrippina (Tacitus, Annales 14.1-9).
  • Sophonisba (Livy, 30.12-15).



The Death of Cleopatra

The Death of Cleopatra

Juan Luna, 1881. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid.

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