Latin literature (m) (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturer
Paolo De Paolis
Paolo De Paolis
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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CuCi IA dal Sep 21, 2020 al Oct 31, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide an advanced approach to Latin literature, related to a sample of chosen texts. Lessons will focus on the main critical approaches to the study of Latin literature, with theoretical analyses, as well on readings of the chosen texts, with reference to their textual, linguistic, stylistic, dramaturgical and thematic features.
Knowledge of the historical development of Latin literature and of literary genres.
Advanced phonetical, morphological, syntactical and lexical knowledge of Latin language.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student
- knows the essential characteristics of the texts in question;
- is able to provide a close translation and a linguistic analysis of the texts;
- develops autonomous ability to understand and interpret the texts and their formal features;
- improves communication skills, reflecting on the linguistic, dramaturgical and cultural codes of communication, through the translation of the text;
- is stimulated to develop autonomous ability to reflect on the features of the different Latin literary genres.


Teaching will devoted to a literary, historical and philological analysis of the first book of Horace's Epistles, with a specific focus on its literary aspects.
The course will be implemented with lessons devoted to latin literary genres, with specific reference to the poetry.
Student are also requested to study chapters III-VIII of the handbook of A. Traina - G. Bernardi Perini, Propedeutica al latino universitario.

Teaching methods:
Teaching will be divided in lessons and seminars, aiming to involve students and to provide their critical judgment, through discussion and debate opportunities.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
F. Montanari (a c. di), M. Citroni, P. Fedeli, G. Paduano, A. Perutelli La poesia latina Forme, autori, problemi. (Edizione 2) Carocci 2009 88-430-0031-4
A. Cucchiarelli Orazio, Epistole I Introduzione, traduzione e commento (Edizione 1) Edizioni della Normale 2019 978-88-7642-632-2
A. Traina, G. Bernardi Perini Propedeutica al latino universitario (Edizione 6) Pàtron 2007 88-555-2454-2

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consist of an oral interview, partly via readings of texts in the original language, which intend to ascertain the level of achievement of the learning outcomes previously indicated, namely:
- knowledge of main features of latin hexameter poetry;
- autonomous skill to read, understand and translate Horace's Epistles, book I;
- knowledge of linguistic, stylistic, literary, analysis with regard to Horace's Epistles, book I.

Note: It's compulsory to pass the translation from Latin test before undergoing any exam of L-FIL-LET/04 branch (Latin Literature, Latin Philology, Latin Grammar, History of the Latin Language) which allows to achieve the 24 CFU global amount provided for the admission to Latin teaching subject classifications in the schools (A-11 = old A/51, A-13 = old A/52); translation test is preparatory to all Latin exams and does not provide CFU.