Medieval latin philology

A.Y. 2021/2022
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-FIL-LET/08
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course offers an overview of the methods of analysis and research on the Latin literary works of the Middle Ages, mainly with a philological approach. This objective is pursued mainly through the discussion of case-studies.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge of the literary genres of medieval Latin literature. Linguistic and stylistic knowledge on the literary production of the Latin Middle Ages, on a wide chronological spectrum. Knowledge of methods and problems of textual criticism when applied to texts of medieval Latinity.
Ability in analyzing and interpreting literary texts written in Latin during the Middle Ages. Ability in linking literary works of the Middle Ages to their historical contexts. Mastery of basic bibliography in the field of medieval Latinity. Ability in using the technical lexicon of textual criticism, even in advanced analysis contexts.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
More specific information on delivery modes of training activities for the year 2021-22 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the health public situation.
Course syllabus
Subjects of the course are as follows:
1) institutional part, including some case studies on the methods of critical research in the field of medieval Latin literature (history and structure of medieval libraries, identification of sources, techniques of reuse, attribution criticism, translation into modern languages, relationship between text and image). To this topic 20 hours of frontal lessons will be dedicated.
2) monographic part, that present a critical edition in progress of a medieval Latin text. The text is the Cronica universalis by Galvano Fiamma. To this topic 20 hours of frontal lessons and 20 hours of seminar lessons will be dedicated. In the seminar lessons, students are supposed to actively participate.
Students who take the exam for 6 ECTS must attend the institutional part and the first 20 hours of lessons (frontal) of the monographic part. Students taking the exam for 9 ECTS must also attend the seminar portion of the course.
Prerequisites for admission
Basic knowledge of philological language and techniques. Good knowledge of Latin language. Basic knowledge of medieval history. Basic knowledge of Latin literature of the Middle Ages or basic knowledge of the transmission of Latin texts during the Middle Ages.
Teaching methods
First 40 hours: lecturing, supported by projection of images related to main topics. Classroom discussion, as a method for acquiring technical language. The images presented in the lectures will be made available free of charge on the ARIEL website.
Seminar section (last 20 hours): students will be asked to do a seminar exercise consisting in the translation and commentary of some pages of the Cronica universalis.
Teaching Resources
A) For the institutional part:
1) P. Chiesa, Venticinque lezioni di filologia mediolatina, Firenze, SISMEL - Edizioni del Galluzzo 2016. The book is available in paper or as e-book (https://www.sismel.it/pubblicazioni/1507-venticinque-lezioni-di-filolog…).

B) For the monographic part (lecturing):
1) Paolo Tomea, Fiamma, Galvano, in Dizionario biografico degli Italiani, vol. XLVII, Roma 1997, pp. 331-338 [disponibile on line all'indirizzo https://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/galvano-fiamma_%28Dizionario-Biogr…].
2) Paolo Chiesa, Galvano Fiamma fra storiografia e letteratura, in Courts and Courtly Cultures in Early Modern Europe. Models and Languages, Roma, Viella, 2016, pp. 77-92.
3) Paolo Chiesa, «Ystorie Biblie omnium sunt cronicarum fundamenta fortissima». La Cronica universalis di Galvano Fiamma (ms. New York, collezione privata), "Bullettino dell'Istituto Storico Italiano" 118 (2016), pp. 179-216.
4) Paolo Chiesa, Galvano Fiamma e Giovanni da Carignano. Una nuova fonte sull'ambasceria etiopica a Clemente V e sulla spedizione oceanica dei fratelli Vivaldi, "Itineraria" 17 (2018), pp. 63-107.

The texts and materials indicated in A and B count as the exam program for students taking the exam for 6 ECTS.

C) For monographic part (seminar lectures) the material will be made available on the Ariel site of the course.

Students who take the exam for 9 ECTS will have to bring, in addition to what is indicated in letters A and B, the personal work carried out in the seminar and also two essays among those included in the following book:
G. Orlandi, Scritti di filologia mediolatina, Firenze, SISMEL, 2008, choosing two of the following essays: Perché non possiamo non dirci lachmanniani (pp. 95-130); Lo scriba medievale e l'emendatio (pp. 209-232); Un dilemma editoriale: ortografia e morfologia nelle "Historiae" di Gregorio di Tours (pp. 251-282); Le statistiche sulle clausole della prosa. Problemi e proposte (pp. 451-482).

The bibliography above is requested for examination of attending students. Non-attending students should contact the teacher for an alternative exam programme.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Single oral examination, in a single test, with a mark out of thirty; the mark is communicated at the end of the exam.
Evaluated knowledge: Knowledge of methods and problems of textual criticism when applied to texts of medieval Latinity. Knowledge of the literary genres of medieval Latin literature. Linguistic and stylistic knowledge on the literary production of the Latin Middle Ages, on a wide chronological spectrum.
Evaluated abilities: Ability in analysing and interpreting literary texts written in Latin during the Middle Ages. Ability in connecting literary works of the Middle Ages to their historical contexts. Mastery of basic bibliography in the field of medieval Latinity. Ability in using the technical lexicon of textual criticism, even in advanced analysis contexts.
Assessment criteria: 1) level of knowledge; 2) language property in the specific matter; 3) effectiveness of exposure; 4) ability in linking topics; 5) critical perspective.
International or Erasmus incoming students are invited to contact the teacher early. The assessment procedures for students with disabilities and / or with SLD must be discussed with the teacher, in agreement with the competent Office.
Unita' didattica A
L-FIL-LET/08 - MEDIEVAL AND HUMANISTIC LATIN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-FIL-LET/08 - MEDIEVAL AND HUMANISTIC LATIN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-FIL-LET/08 - MEDIEVAL AND HUMANISTIC LATIN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
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