A level Latin prescribed texts

AS Level

L2 Prescribed Texts
Candidates are expected to prepare two set texts: one verse and one prose. Approximately 225 lines will be set from each set text. The set texts will be examined for three years.

From June 2009 to June 2011 inclusive the AS set texts will be:

  • Ovid Metamorphoses VIII. 6-121 125 exige poenas —235.
  • Cicero, In Catilinam 1.1-19 … adhibere non posit) ed. H Gould & J Whiteley (BCP) ISBN 082920140.

From June 2012 to June 2014 inclusive the AS set texts will be:

  • Ovid, Amores III. 2, 4, 5, 14.
  • Cicero, In Verrem 2,1. 53-69 aspendum vetus oppidum … pepercissent

Except where a particular edition is prescribed, centres are free to use any complete edition of the prescribed text as they choose. Where variant readings occur in a text of which a particular edition is not prescribed, examiners will use the most recent Oxford Classical Text Clarendon Press,
Oxford); with such modifications as seem appropriate to them.

A2 Level

Candidates are expected to prepare one verse set text. Approximately 300 lines will be set from each set text. The set texts will be examined for three years.

From June 2010 to June 2012, inclusive, the A2 verse set texts will be:

  • Virgil, Aeneid 1.1-38, 50-123, 157-179, 223-360, 387-392, 418-438. The rest of the book should be read in English translation.
  • Catullus, poems 1, 2, 3, 4, 7-13, 22, 63, 70 ed. K Quinn (BCP) ISBN 1853994979.

From June 2013 to June 2015, inclusive, the A2 verse set texts will be:

  • Virgil, Aeneid IV. 1-299. The rest of the book should be read in English translation.
  • Propertius, Elegies III. 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 21, 25 ed. W Camps (BCP) ISBN 0862921163.

Except where a particular edition is prescribed, centres are free to use any complete edition of the prescribed text as they choose. Where variant readings occur in a text of which a particular edition is not prescribed, examiners will use the most recent Oxford Classical Text (Clarendon Press, Oxford), with such modifications as seem appropriate to them.
From June 2010 to June 2012, inclusive, the A2 unseen verse author will be:

  • Ovid (elegiacs).

From June 2013 to June 2015, inclusive, the A2 unseen verse author will be:

  • Ovid (hexameters).

Candidates are expected to prepare one prose set text. Approximately 300 lines will be set from each set text. The set texts will be examined for three years.

From June 2010 to June 2012, inclusive, the A2 prose set texts will be:

  • Tacitus Annals 14.1-16 Ed. Woodcock (BCP)
  • Livy Book 23.2-9

From June 2013 to June 2015, inclusive, the A2 prose set texts will be:

  • Tacitus Annals 15.20-23, 33-45 Ed. N. Millar (BCP)
  • Sallust: Bellum Catilinae 14-29 Ed. McGushin (BCP)

From June 2010 to June 2012, inclusive, the A2 unseen prose author will be:

  • Caesar.

From June 2013 to June 2015, inclusive, the A2 unseen prose author will be:

  • Livy.
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