Latin grammar (m) (2016/2017)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Alberto Cavarzere
Alberto Cavarzere
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. IA (31.10.16 sosp.lezioni), Sem. IB

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

the aim of the course is to refine the skills of grammatical, stylistic, historical and literary analysis which students will need in order to examine the most representative texts of Latin literature. Furthermore, it intends to introduce students to the communication dynamics of these literary works and to give a first insight in the philological method.


The figurae in Cicero and Quintilian (reading, translation, linguistic and grammatical analysis of chapter 9, 1 of Quintilian’s Institutio oratoria).

Reference works:
- M. Fabi Quintiliani Institutionis Oratoriae libri duodecim. Recognovit brevique adnotatione critica instruxit M. Winterbottom, Oxonii 1970 (copy of the chapter of the book IX will be delivered during the course).
- O. Pecere, Roma antica e il testo, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2010.
The following works have to be studied independently by students:
- Lucrezio. Le leggi dell’universo (La natura, Libro I). A cura di L. Piazzi, Venezia, Marsilio, 2011.
- Ovidio. Metamorfosi, Volume II. A cura di G. Rosati, Milano, Fondazione Valla / Mondadori, 2009 (translation and commentary of book V).

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
M. Fabius Quintilianus Institutio oratoria. Recognovit brevique adnotatione critica instruxitM. Winterbottom Clarendon Press 1970
Lucrezio Le leggi dell'universo (La natura, Libro I). A cura di L. Piazzi Marsilio 2011
Ovidio Metamorfosi. Volume II. A cura di G. Rosati Fondazione Valla, Mondadori 2009
O. Pecere Roma antica e il testo. Scritture d'autore e composizione letteraria Editori Laterza 2010

Assessment methods and criteria

Didactic method: lectures.

Evaluation: the exam will be an oral discussion regarding the Latin texts in the program.

Nota Bene. Before sustaining any exam regarding the disciplinary sector L-FIL-LET/04 (Latin Literature, Latin Philology, Latin Grammar, History of Latin language) which will allow the student to obtain 24 credits (minimum level required in order to teach Latin in the Italian high schools), it is compulsory to pass a written exam, consisting in translating a Latin text into Italian. This written test is preparatory to further exams and therefore it does not provide credits.