Medieval and Humanistic Philology (p) (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturers
Paolo Pellegrini, Cecilia Sideri
Paolo Pellegrini
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CuCi IB dal Nov 9, 2020 al Jan 9, 2021.

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Learning outcomes

The aim 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:
1) the first is introductory – dealing with specific basic treatises of the discipline and the technical lexicon –;
2) the second is centered on the monograph theme indicated in the program below and consists in the reading of an important humanistic text.


The first part (12h) of this course deals with general principles of philology and the Lachmann's method. Through the examination of some examples, students will learn how to distinguish errors from a variants and to build a stemma codicum.
The second part of the course (24h) is aimed at illustrating the particular problems found in the edition of Latin texts from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance (autographs and idiographs, author variants, editions). The reading and commentary of some significant passages of the De vera nobilitate by Poggio Bracciolini (1380-1459) are expected, accompanied by an illustration of the main topics concerning the textual tradition and its dynamics; this will allow students to have direct experience of the method applicable to the critical edition of a work that presents issues typical of the transmission of humanistic texts.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
M. Bertè-M. Petoletti ‘La filologia medievale e umanistica’ Il Mulino 2017 9788815265432

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam is oral and consists of two questions:
1. Discussion of a question of general method concerning the different philological approaches to the text.
2. Discussion of some specific issues which has been examined during the second part of this course; students must illustrate and justify each issue showing how to apply the acquired knowledge.
Non-attending students must also display the contents of one of the articles chosen in accordance with their teacher.
For each of the two parts is attributed up to a maximum of 15/30. The sum of the score of the two evaluations will form the final mark, expressed in thirtieths. For non-attending students, for each of the three parts is attributed up to a maximum of 10/30 on the final evaluation.