Latin literature

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
Attraverso l'analisi di una serie di testi in originale il corso si propone di presentare le strutture della lingua letteraria, e soprattutto poetica, latina e alcuni caratteri salienti della poesia dell'età classica (con particolare riferimento alle epoche augustea e imperiale), in relazione ai generi letterari e al rapporto con la tradizione precedente greca e latina. Attenzione viene riservata alla relazione del testo con il contesto storico e sociale in cui si situa.
Prerequisito richiesto agli studenti è la capacità di intendere un testo latino di poesia o di prosa, avendo acquisito almeno il livello 2 secondo gli standard linguistici indicati in Studiare latino in unimi (…).
Scopo del corso è portare lo studente al riconoscimento dei diversi registri stilistici applicati nei testi letterari latini, così da comprendere pienamente i testi proposti, a lezione o nella parte istituzionale, a livello di lingua (lessico, morfologia, sintassi) e di forma.
Expected learning outcomes
Course syllabus and organization

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Lesson period
First semester
The course is composed of three modules.
Modules A-B will propose a gradual reading (translation and commentary) concerning daily life in imperial Rome.
Module C is targeted to reinforce language skills of the students by close reading of literary texts ( (Vergil: the focus will be on the features of Latin poetic language).
The knowledge of History of the Latin Literature (such as general survey and deeper knowledge of a canon of twenty authors) is also required: this part of the program is to be acquired through individual study.
Prerequisites, exams and assessment
A level of language proficiency (grammar and lexicon) is required as a prerequisite, corresponding to Level 2 of Latin Language Standards UNIMI (see…) as well as Level A2 of Latin Language Certificates
Teaching methods
Frontal teaching. Texts' presentation (through loud reading, translation, analysis of language, topic and context). An active cooperation is unceasingly stimulated. Module C could be a practical exercise in the class.
Teaching resources and bibliography
Modules A-B: These Modules concerne Martial, Juvenal and other authors of the imperial age. All the texts are available on Ariel website of the course.

Non-attending students are required to know
a. the texts of Martial and Juvenal from Il poeta e la città, E. Merli, Firenze 2002 (available on Ariel website of the course).
b. J. Carcopino, La vita quotidiana a Roma all'apogeo dell'impero, Roma-Bari 2005 (ed. Laterza).

Module C: Novae voces, Virgilio. Milano 2007 (ed. Bruno Mondadori).

Disegno storico della letteratura latina, M. Citroni, M. Labate etc Roma-Bari 1997 (ed. Laterza): the introducions to the different ages (pdf available on Ariel website of the course).
An Handbook of the Latin Literature currently used.
A summative assessment is done at the end of the course, consisting of: (1) a preliminary and mandatory test to evaluate the level of language skills and (2) an oral interview to assess the knowledge in Latin literature and skills in reading of latin texts.
1) The online test is about a prose latin text (adapted and eased) of 10-15 lines and is articulated in 30 multiple-choice questions (time allowed: 1h; number of questions: 30; each question has four options A, B, C or D, or True/False choice or, in few cases, is an open-ended question: students have to decide which is the correct answer or write the correct answer). The vote is expressed in 30/30 (correct answer = 1; uncorrected or missing answer = 0). Use of the dictionary is forbidden. The results of the preliminary test are available in few days on Ariel website.
Please note that the students, who are already provided with Level B1 of Latin Language Certificates are exempted from the mandatory and preliminary test.
2) The oral interview consists of four questions (about each of three modules and the History of Literature). Students are required to read, translate and analyse texts; to knowledge the main trends of the history of Latin literature and culture; to develop clearly, in relation to the topics dealt with in the course, a well-articulated argumentation. The level of accuracy in reading and translation, of linguistic and grammatical skills as well as ownership of language and clearness of argumentation, the ability to express acquired knowledge, the ability to propose links between different parts of the program or with related disciplines will be assessed. The vote is expressed in 30/30. Please note that point average of the assessment is dependent only by the results of the interview, not of the test.
Unita' didattica A
L-FIL-LET/04 - LATIN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-FIL-LET/04 - LATIN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-FIL-LET/04 - LATIN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
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