History of the Latin language (p) (2017/2018)

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Name of lecturer
Licinia Ricottilli
Licinia Ricottilli
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
First half of Semester 2 , Second half of Semester 2

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course propose an approach to History of the Latin Language and Female Speech and Poetry in Latin Language trough the reading of the Latin Texts. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the Latin Language.
Expected learning outcomes: at the end of the course students will be able to
- know the essential feautures of History of the Latin Language;
- translate and analyze the texts chosen for the course;
- develop autonomous ability to translate and analyze the text chosen for the course;
- improve the following communication skills: to reflect of different comunication codes (linguistic, poetic, ‘cultural gender’) in the Ancient Rome;
- develop autonomous ability to reflect on Variation in the Language and on gender as cultural practice.


Female Speech and Poetry in Latin Language

1. Reading of latin texts for caracterization of Female Speech.

2. Female Poetry

3. Exemples of Fictional Femal Poetry

4. Essential feautures of History of the Latin Language


1. Latin Text's Dossier available in typing office "30 e oltre".
M. Bettini – L. Ricottilli, Elogio dell’indiscrezione, “Studi Urbinati/B3”, 60 (1987), pp. 11-27;
E. Cantarella, Passato prossimo. Donne romane da Tacita a Sulpicia, Milano 1996.

2. Sulpiciae elegidia [Tibulli lib. III. XIII –XVIII = IV. VII-XII] in Tibulli aliorumque carminum libri tres, recognovit brevique adnotatione critica instruxit I. P. Postgate, Oxonii 1924 (e rist. succ.);
H. Tränkle, Appendix Tibulliana, Berlin und New York, De Gruyter, 1990;
Tibullo, Elegie, Milano, BUR, 1989, pp. 282 ss.

3. Ovidio, Lettere di eroine, a cura di G. Rosati, Milano, BUR, 1989, n. 4 e n.15.
P. Ovidi Nasoni Heroides, texte établi par H. Bornecque et traduit par M. Prévost, Paris 1965 (IV ed.), n. IV e XV.
M. Bettini – G. Guastella, Personata vox, in R. Raffaelli (cur.), Vicende e figure femminili in Grecia e a Roma, Ancona 1995, pp. 343-369;

4. F. Stolz – A. Debrunner – W.P. Schmid, Storia della lingua latina, Pàtron, Bologna 19934, capitoli II- VII, pp. 59 - 125;
in alternativa: J. Clackson and J. Horrocks, The Blackwell History of the Latin Language, Malden (Ma)/ Oxford 2007, capitoli V-VII, pp. 130-264.

Teaching methods:
Lectures, exercises and, where possible, seminar activities.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consist of an oral interview, partly via readings of texts in the original language, which intend to ascertain the level of achievement of the learning obiectives previously indicated.

N.B. Non-attending students are requested to contact the teacher in due advance so as to define a specific program.