Medieval Latin Literature LT (p) (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturer
Edoardo Ferrarini
Edoardo Ferrarini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
CuCi IIA dal Feb 15, 2021 al Apr 1, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to give an overview of multitude of language varieties in medieval Latin.


The aim of the course is to provide an adequate understanding of the cultural institutions of High and Late Middle Ages (11th-14th centuries) in their historical context and of the principal features of Latin literature of this period, both with reference to its historical development, literary genres and rules, and by the knowledge of some selected works, through the direct and guided reading of texts in the original and with the aid of methodological approaches aimed at developing adequate analytical and argumentative skills.


(1) Overview of genres, authors and texts of Latin literature from the 11th to the 14th century (High and Late Middle Ages); selected readings of more representative authors and texts.
(2) The evolution of the Latin language after the Carolingian age (morphology, syntax, lexicon).

Bibliography and other learning resources:
(1) P. Chiesa, «La letteratura latina del medioevo. Un profilo storico», Carocci (Studi Superiori 1090), Roma 2017 (capp. 4-5: pp. 147-258); P. Rosso, «La scuola nel Medioevo. Secoli VI-XV», Carocci (Quality Paperbacks 511), Roma 2018 (pp. 103-275). Further learning tools will be provided during the course through the e-learning platform.
(2) D. Norberg, «Manuale di latino medievale», a cura di Massimo Oldoni, Avagliano (Schola Salernitana. Studi e Testi 1), Roma 1999, rist. 2018 («Il latino medievale dopo l’anno Mille», pp. 91-121).

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Paolo Chiesa La letteratura latina del medioevo. Un profilo storico Carocci (Studi Superiori 1090), Roma 2017 978-88-430-8888-1
Paolo Rosso La scuola nel Medioevo. Secoli VI-XV Carocci (Quality Paperbacks 511), Roma 2018 978-88-430-9006-8
Dag Norberg Manuale di latino medievale (a cura di Massimo Oldoni) Avagliano (Schola Salernitana. Studi e Testi 1), Roma 1999 978-88-8309-011-0

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consists of an oral test aiming to verify the level of achievement of the learning objectives previously indicated, with special regard to:
• read, understand and translate medieval Latin texts;
• the knowledge of the essential features of medieval Latin literature;
• the ability to understand the cultural, historical and literary context of the chosen texts;
• argument skills, wealth and appropriateness of vocabulary.