Latin literature (i) [Indirizzo antico] (2017/2018)

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Name of lecturer
Alberto Cavarzere
Alberto Cavarzere
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
First half of Semester 1 , Second half of Semester 1

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

the aim of the course is to give an overview of the fundamental problems regarding the literary genres and the canon of Latin literature. In particular, some relevant poetic and prose works will be surveyed during the course. Through the scrutiny of these writings, the basic elements of linguistic, historical and literary analysis will be provided.


Prerequisites: basic knowledge of the Latin language. Satisfactory knowledge of Latin morphology and of Latin grammar and comprehension of basic lexicon will be considered as prerequisites for the course and will be tested during the final exam. It is strongly recommended to attend the Latin tutorials before attending this course.

Content: periodization and history of the literary genres; reading, translation and linguistic, historical and literary commentary of M. Fabius Quintilianus, Institutio oratoria, X 1, and of Cicero’s Brutus.

Reference works: A. Cavarzere-A. De Vivo-P. Mastandrea, Letteratura latina. Una sintesi storica, Roma, Carocci, new edition 2015; Marco Fabio Quintiliano, La formazione dell’oratore. Volume III, a cura di C.M. Calcante, Milano, Rizzoli (BUR), 1997; Cicerone, Brutus. Introduzione, traduzione e note di E. Narducci, Milano, Rizzoli (BUR), 1995 or, alternatively, Cicerone, Bruto, a cura di R.R. Marchese, Roma, Carocci, 2011; A. Traina-G. Bernardi Perini, Propedeutica al latino universitario, Bologna, Pàtron, 19986 (or subsequent editions): chapters I-III.

Didactic methods: lectures.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Cicerone Bruto. Introduzione, traduzione e note di E. Narducci BUR 1995
Marco Fabio Quintiliano La formazione dell'oratore. A cura di C.M. Calcante BUR 1997
A. Cavarzere - A. De Vivo - P. Mastandrea Letteratura latina. Una sintesi storica (Edizione 2) Carocci 2015
A. Traina - G. Bernardi Perini Propedeutica al latino universitario (Edizione 6) Pàtron 1998

Assessment methods and criteria

During the final oral exam, students will be requested to read and translate one or more excerpts from the Latin texts enlisted in the course catalogue. According to the information given in the course catalogue, the exam aims to test basic knowledge of Latin morphology and syntax as well as students’ competence in the domain of Latin literature.