Medieval and Humanistic Philology (m) (2017/2018)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Stefano Pagliaroli
Stefano Pagliaroli
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Academic sector
Language of instruction
First half of Semester 1 , Second half of Semester 1

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Intent of the course is to provide the conceptual and methodological basis needed for the analysis and interpretation of italian humanism. In order to achieve this goal, it is divided in two parts: the first is introductory – dealing with specific basic treatises of the discipline and the technical lexicon –; the second is centered on the monograph theme indicated in the program here below and consists in the reading of an important humanistic text.


According to the bipartite already mentioned subdivision of the course, the general part of the program will define the characteristics and the purpose of the discipline, and the monographic part will consist in reading and commenting the “Epistola ad Mahumetem” (1461) by the humanist Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini (pope Pius II) – special attention will be given to the historical and cultural relations between the West and the East during the second half of the 15th century –. 

Please, note that, in addition to the 36 class hours, a didactic visit, previously agreed with the students, will be organized to the Biblioteca Civica of Verona and to the library’s manuscript and printed treasures.

1) a handout prepared by the teacher;

2) general part: a) M. Bertè-M. Petoletti, ‘La filologia medievale e umanistica’, Bologna, il Mulino, 2017; or: b) L. D. Reynolds-N. G. Wilson, ‘Copisti e filologi. La tradizione dei classici dall’antichità ai tempi moderni’. Traduzione di M. Ferrari. Con una premessa di G. Billanovich, Padova-Roma, Editrice Antenore, 2016 (4th edit.; 1th edit. 1969) – original edition: L. D. Reynolds-N. G. Wilson, ‘Scribes and Scholars. A Guide to the Transmission of Greek and Latin Literature’, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013 (4th edit.; 1th ediz. 1968) –;
3) monographic part: L. D’Ascia, ‘Il Corano e la tiara. L’epistola a Maometto II di Enea Silvio Piccolomini (papa Pio II). Introduzione ed edizione’. Prefazione di A. Prosperi, Bologna, Edizioni Pendragon, 2001. 

The teacher will provide full assistance for informations and explanations concerning the course and, in addition to the usual time indicated in his personal web page, is also available for appointments to be fixed on other days and times (please, write to ‹› and/or call his studio telephon number ‹0458028056›).

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
L. D. Reynolds-N. G. Wilson ‘Copisti e filologi. La tradizione dei classici dall’antichità ai tempi moderni’. Traduzione di M. Ferrari. Con una premessa di G. Billanovich Antenore 2016 9788884556967
M. Bertè-M. Petoletti ‘La filologia medievale e umanistica’ Il Mulino 2017 9788815265432

Assessment methods and criteria

The assessment of learning outcomes provides:
1) for attending students: oral exam, which will focus on the texts in program and on the monographic part of the course;
2) for non attending students: oral exam on the texts listed for the general part and on a integrative reading to be previously decided together with the teacher.

Exam objectives and requirements:
The teacher will check the general knowledge of the discipline as treated in the general part of the course and – for the only attending students – of the specific topics covered during the class hours. The exam aims to verify the degree of learning and knowledge of the topics of the course.