History of the Latin language (p) (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturer
Paolo De Paolis
Paolo De Paolis
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
CuCi IB dal Nov 9, 2020 al Jan 9, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to provide an approach to the history of the Latin language both in the stages of its evolution. The study will be carried out both by means of theoretical lessons, and by linguistic analysis and cultural, as well as historical and literary, analysis of Latin texts.


Teaching deals with the history of the Latin language through its different periods, from the archaic to the late Latin, with a specific focus on ancient linguistic theories.
The first part will be held with as number of preliminary lessons about the main chronological stages in the history of the Latin language, with a focus on the different linguistic forms. The second part will be devoted to reading, translation and linguistic analisys of the fragments of Naevius' Bellum Poenicum.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
S. Mariotti Il Bellum Poenicum e l`arte di Nevio. Saggio con edizione dei frammenti del Bellum Poenicum Pàtron 2001 9788855525985
F. Stolz, A. Debrunner, W. P: Schmid Storia della lingua latina (Edizione 4) Pàtron 1993

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral assessment, directed to verify:
- ability to distinguish the basic features of archaic, classic and late Latin
- knowledge of the most important features of Naevius language and style
- ability to understand, translate and interpret Naevius' text