Latin literature (Cultural Heritage)

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-FIL-LET/04
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims at: a) improving language skills of students, in agreement with level B1 of the Linguistic Certification of Latin (http://www.cusl.eu/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Sillabo-.pdf); b) leading students to the comprehension of Latin texts read in the original language, through the analysis of significant passages of prose and verse; c) transmitting tools and methods for a deep exegesis of Latin texts aiming to highlight their cultural complexity; d) providing a short picture of the history of Latin literature; e) highlighting challenging correspondences between language, literature and the arts, from Antiquity to Contemporary Age .
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student will have achieved: a) a proper knowledge of morphology and syntax of the Latin language, and of the fundamentals of prosody; b) the understanding of the passages read in class; c) the knowledge of contents and relation with the historical-social context; d) the full knowledge of the main features of Latin literary history; e) the awareness of the development of Latin literature with respect to the permanence of Latin classics in modernity.
Pursuing the study, the student will be able to face the original Latin texts, placing each of them in the historical and cultural context. The student will also be able to apply the acquired skills to improve his competence in Italian and evaluate the importance of the permanence of the Latin classics in a wider cultural context.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
Classes will be recorded (audio and video); a few of them will be broadcasted through the Zoom platform. The face-to-face teaching will be made possible through the forum on the Ariel website of the course.

Information on the course (class schedule; link to have access to classes, pdf; pwp; texts, etc.) will be published on the Ariel website.

In case Covid-19 emergency prevents from having examinations held as described in the Syllabus, examinations will be held online and information will be published on the Ariel website of the course.
Course syllabus
The course is composed of three modules (Teaching Units)

Teaching Unit A (Gioseffi): the Unit aims at offering an overview of Latin literature, with a focus on its sharpest turning points and their reception in the modern cultural heritage (Visual Arts and Performing Arts);

Teaching Unit B (tba): the Unit aims at building a vocabulary of Latin words and sentences, in order to enhance the development of linguistic and metalinguistic skills and increase the awareness of the permanence of Latin in the modern languages and cultures. It also aims at developing language activities and skills, in agreement with level B1 of Latin Language Certificates

Teaching Unit C (tba): the Unit aims at improving an understanding of the texts in original language, through the analysis of significant literary passages in relation to their context. Also this unit aims at developing language activities and skills, in agreement with level B1 of Latin Language Certificates.
Prerequisites for admission
It is required a language proficiency (vocabulary and grammar) corresponding to level A2 of Latin Language Certificates (http://www.cusl.eu/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Sillabo-.pdf).
Teaching methods
Frontal Teaching (lectures); online interactive exercises; classroom exercises.
Class attendance is strongly recommended.
Teaching Resources
Teaching Unity A: any Handbook of Latin Literature;

Teaching Unity B: P. Cesaretti-E. Minguzzi, "Il dizionarietto di latino. La rete dell'Europa", Scholé, Brescia 2018;

Teaching Unity C: T. Momigliano, "Il latino con gioia", LED, Milano 2009.

Other resources will be available on the Ariel website of the course.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral examination shall consist of a minimum of four questions about each of the three modules and the history of Latin literature.

Students are required to know the main trends of the history of Latin literature and its reception in the cultural heritage; to give a clear presentation about the paths of history of ideas in relation to the lexical approach dealt with in the course; to analyse literary passages, already presented in class by the teachers.

The exam will test the level of accuracy in reading and translation, the level of linguistic and grammatical skills as well as property 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. The vote is expressed in 30/30.

Please note that a preliminary and mandatory test to evaluate the level of language skills is also required, according to Level B1 of Latin Language Certificates. Information about the preliminary test will be illustrated on Ariel website at the beginning of the course.
Students who have already attained Level B1 of Latin Language Certificates are exonerated from 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
Professor: Gioseffi Massimo
Professor(s)