Latin literature (MA)

A.Y. 2020/2021
12
Max ECTS
80
Overall hours
SSD
L-FIL-LET/04
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
We'll be developing the most up-to-date techniques for reading and commenting Latin texts, with a particular focus on the digital techniques. Our aim will be to improve the ability to recognize any type of Latin texts, and to grasp the hidden meaning and the main points of articulation of a predetermined series of them (CEFR - Level C = http://www.cusl.eu/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Sillabo-.pdf).
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge
At the end of the course, students will be able to read and understand any Latin text of a literary nature, highlighting its critical and content issues.
Skills
Through the digital message board and the classroom debates, students are asked to demonstrate the necessary technical skills for the critical elaboration of a short comment (written or oral) to a proposed text, with the attention to the elements today indispensable for any type of profession having to do with a literary environment.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Vergil classes (A and B) will be pre-recorded or broadcasted through the Zoom Platform. The face-to-face teaching will be made possible through the forum on the Ariel website of the course.
Classes in unity C will be broadcasted through the Zoom Platform.
Classes in unity D will be broadcasted through Microsoft Teams.

Any other 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 Coronavirus-emergency prevents from having examinations held as described in the Syllabus, examinations will be held online and further information will be published on the Ariel website of the course.
Course syllabus
Teaching Unit A (Gioseffi): "Te quoque dignum finge deo". The Aeneid, Book VIII;
Teaching Unit B (Gioseffi): Aeneid, Book VIII: Text, Translation, and Commentary
Teaching Unit C (Gioseffi): An Anthology of Latin Prose;
Teaching Unit D (Torre): A Selection from the Epistulae Morales by Seneca the Philosopher
Prerequisites for admission
12 ECTS in Latin Language or Literature
B2 Latin Level
Teaching methods
Lectures; online interactive exercises; classroom exercises.
Class attendance is strongly recommended.
Teaching Resources
The texts by Vergil and Seneca and the bibliography will be available on the e-learning Ariel website.

Texts studied by the students:
For students of Modern Literature:
a) translation of a selection from Seneca, Epistulae Morales (available on Ariel) or, at students' choice, Ovid, a book from Metamorphoses (6 ECTS);
b) translation of a selection from Seneca, Epistulae Morales (available on Ariel) or Ovid, a book from Metamorphoses + translation of a book of Virgil, Georgics, or, at students' choice, a book from Horace, Sermones (9 CFU);
c) translation of a selection of Seneca, Epistulae Morales (available on Ariel) or Ovid, a book from Metamorphoses + translation of a book of Virgil, Georgics, or a book from Horace, Sermones; + translation of Livy, Ab Vrbe condita, Book XXI or Book XXII (12 CFU).

For Classics students:
a) translation of a selection from Seneca, Epistulae Morales (available on Ariel) or, at students' choice, Ovid, a book from Metamorphoses (6 ECTS);
b) translation of a selection from Seneca, Epistulae Morales (available on Ariel) or Ovid, a book from Metamorphoses + translation of Livy, Ab Vrbe condita, Book XXI or Book XXII (9 ECTS);
c) translation of a selection from Seneca, Epistulae Morales (available on Ariel) or Ovid, a book from Metamorphoses + translation of Livy, Ab Vrbe condita, Book XXI or Book XXII + a text chosen by the student (but previously approved by prof. Gioseffi) (12 ECTS).
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of two parts. Firstly, students must pass a written examination. It consists of a translation (usually at the PC) and a short commentary of a Latin text. Students are given a maximum time of three hours. There is no mark, but only the admission (or non-admission) to the oral test. Evaluation criteria are: the correctness in the interpretation of the text; the accuracy in the use of the modern language; the ability to comment on the key points of the text, answering to open-ended and closed-ended questions. Simulations of the examination and texts are available on the Ariel website (https://mgioseffilllm.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/v5/home/Default.aspx). The results of the examination are communicated on the same website.

Oral exam. It consists of three parts. The examination aims to ascertain:
- the knowledge of the texts translated autonomously by the students (see below);
- the ability to discuss the texts presented during classes (Units A, B and D);
- The ability to understand and to comment on a short text chosen by the Examination Committee (this part can be substituted by the active participation to the online interactive exercises and the classroom exercises = Unity C).

It is possible to speak in Italian, English or Latin; the passing mark is 18/30, the top mark is 30/30 (cum laude).

The exam aims to evaluate the ability to understand the Latin texts; their skill in presenting the contents of the proposed texts; the appropriateness in the use of the technical language; the ability to use knowledge, facts, and data to effectively solve difficult problems.

Students who did not attend the class, will find available on the e-learning Aerial platform the alternative bibliography; forum exercises; vocal recordings.

International or Erasmus incoming students are kindly requested to contact the teachers of the course.

Also students with disabilities should contact the teachers, in order to discuss alternative examination methods, in agreement with the competent Office.
Unita' didattica A
L-FIL-LET/04 - LATIN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Gioseffi Massimo
Unita' didattica B
L-FIL-LET/04 - LATIN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Gioseffi Massimo
Unita' didattica C
L-FIL-LET/04 - LATIN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Gioseffi Massimo
Unita' didattica D
L-FIL-LET/04 - LATIN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Torre Chiara
Professor(s)
Reception:
Thursday 11.00 am - 14.00 pm. Any changes will be communicated on Ariel website
Online_Teams. Team: "ricevimento Prof. Chiara Torre" CODE: qia34rx