Latin literature (MA)

A.Y. 2021/2022
12
Max ECTS
80
Overall hours
SSD
L-FIL-LET/04
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The aim of the course is to perfect the technique of reading and commenting on Latin texts, by means of a reflection on the methods and tools, especially digital, available for the purpose. The final objective is to recognise the different types of texts and to grasp the fundamental meaning and the main points of articulation of a series of them (Level C of the Latin Language Certificate).
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
More specific indications on how the training activities for the 2021/22 academic year will be delivered will be provided in the coming months, depending on how the health situation develops.
Course syllabus
"Theme and Variations"
The lessons will focus on writings and rewritings of texts that entered the canon of Latinity already in antiquity, from the Imperial Age to Late Antiquity (4th-5th centuries AD). The course will be divided into parts devoted respectively to:
epic poetry
epigram and elegiac poetry
prose texts
epistolography (prof. Moretti).
In part C, the prose texts will be analysed also in view of the preparation of the written test.
Prof. Marko Marinčič (Ljubljana), Visiting Professor of the Department, will be a guest of the course.
Prerequisites for admission
A good knowledge of Latin is required (at least 9 or more ECTS acquired; the course is compulsory for students who have already acquired more than 9 ECTS and wish to acquire more). To take the oral examination, it is needed to pass a preliminary written test, MA level.
Teaching methods
Lectures; online interactive exercises; classroom exercises. Attendance is strongly recommended.
Teaching Resources
The course texts and the secondary bibliography will be made available on the Ariel website.

Home readings:
For Modern Literature students:
(a) translation of the anthology of letters prepared on the Ariel website, or, at the student's choice, Ovid, any book of the Metamorphoses (6 CFU);
b) translation of the anthology of letters prepared on the Ariel website, or, at the student's choice, Ovid, any book of the Metamorphoses + translation of Virgil, Georgics, any book at the student's choice, or Horace, Book I of the Odes (9 CFU);
c) translation of the anthology of letters prepared on the Ariel website, or, at the student's choice, Ovid, any book of the Metamorphoses; + translation of Virgil, Georgics, any book at the student's choice, or Horace, Book I of the Odes; + translation of Livy, Ab Vrbe condita, Book I, XXI or XXII, at the student's choice (12 CFU).

For students of Philology, Literature and History of Antiquity:
(a) translation of the anthology of letters prepared on the Ariel website, or, at the student's choice, Ovid, any book of the Metamorphoses (6 CFU);
b) translation of the anthology of letters prepared on the Ariel website, or, at the student's choice, Ovid, any book of the Metamorphoses + translation of Livy, Ab Vrbe condita, Book I, XXI or XXII, at the student's choice (9 CFU);
c) translation of the anthology of letters prepared on the Ariel website, or, at the student's choice, Ovid, any book of the Metamorphoses + translation of Livy, Ab Vrbe condita, Book I, XXI or XXII, at the student's choice + translation of a text agreed with the teacher (12 CFU).
Assessment methods and Criteria
The examination consists of a written translation with guided commentary on a Latin text. The test is held on the computer and is valid for all Latin exams (MA level). The test does not give a grade, but only the possibility of admission to the oral part of the examination. In particular, will be evalueted: correctness in interpreting the text; ability to understand the pivot points through answers to both open and closed questions; effectiveness in rendering it in modern language. Test simulations and the tests assigned in recent years are available on the course's Ariel website (https://mgioseffidl.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/v5/home/Default.aspx). The results of the tests can be found on the same site.

The oral part of the examination will test:
- the ability to understand and present a range of texts studied at home by students (see below);
- the ability to critically discuss the texts read in class (parts AB and D);
- the ability to understand and discuss a series of short texts proposed by the commission (this part may be replaced by active participation in forum activities and in-class exercises, part 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).

Among the criteria for evaluation, ample emphasis will be placed on the ability to present the texts; the correctness in analysing and critically discussing the content of the texts read in class and at home; the appropriateness of the critical vocabulary; the ability to raise and solve critical problems.

Non-attending students should refer to the material (bibliography, forum, etc.) made available on the Ariel website.

International or Erasmus incoming students are invited to contact the teachers.

Examination procedures for students with disabilities and/or DSA must be agreed with the teachers, in accordance 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
Educational website(s)
Professor(s)
Reception:
Students should contact prof. Moretti by email.