In year 5 we begin to study original ancient texts from the November half-term onwards.
As an introduction to the style and literary techniques of Latin poets, the 1st century AD writer, Marcus Valerius Martialis [Martial] is an obvious choice. His short, pithy epigrams allow us to look in some detail at metre (elegiac couplets), his use of language, and various rhetorical techniques (alliteration, assonance etc.) without being overburdened with issues of translation.
The following poems will be studied:
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