In 2015-2016 the set topic for the oral portion of Latinum Europaeum will be Roman Religion and the Gods

The texts assigned will be used as a vehicle to explore the place of religion, magic, and divination in Roman society and culture, in addition to understanding the different techniques which Roman authors used to convey their message to the reader. We shall study the context, themes, and motifs of the textss alongside use of metre, language, and rhetorical techniques (alliteration, assonance etc.).

The following texts are required texts, although individual teachers across the sections may choose to read other texts in English or in Latin to broaden their students' understanding of this important subject:

Livy, 1.7;
Valerius Maximus 1.4.3 & 4;
Obsequens, 44;
Aulus Gellius, Noctes Atticae 1.19

Plautus, Aulularia 1-20

CIL 11.6243; CIL 6.33976; CIL 12.2161;
Martial, 10.61;
Vergil, Aeneid 6.268-71; 295; 298-308;
Pliny the Younger, 7.27

Tibullus, Elegies 1.2.42-66 or Horace, Satires 1.8

Lucretius,  De Rerum Natura 1.62-78

Click on the links for more information about the texts.

Further Information


  • For an handout on Roman religion and augury, click HERE.
  • For an introduction to Latin metre and the different metres used by Roman poets, click HERE


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