History of the classical tradition
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims to enable students to deepen their knowledgment and understanding about the tradition and survival of classical texts from late antiquity trough Medieval ages , Humanism and the Renaissance up to modern ages, and to develop and apply original ideas, also in a research context They will be able to apply their knowledgment and understanding also in new or unfamiliar environments within multidisciplinary context, showing a good competence in placing classical authors in their historical and cultural context and having the ability of formulating judgements also with limited information,.. They be able to communicate their conclusions clearly and unanmbiguously, using suitable methods of historical analysis , having the learning skills to continue to study in an autonomous manner or to begin with critical attitude a working activity.
Course contents summary
Issues of classic tradition from late antiquity to medieval and humanistic ages to the Renaissance.What’s a classic? Thisthe question that Eliot dealt with in a famous essay. Moving from some passages by Aulus Gellius concerning about that very problem, the course focuses on the renewed interst for classical authors in Carolingian revival (ex. Lupus of Ferrières), in Humanism and in the Renaissance (ex. Poggius Bracciolini, Politianus)
■I Quaderni del ramo d'oro, n. 4, Siena, Protagon Editori Toscani, 2001
Atti del convegno “I Classici nella bufera della modernità” svoltisi a Siena nel 1999. Further reading is provided during the lessons
Frontal lessons and classes. Students will be encouraged to participate in classroom lessons through individual accounts and seminar.
Assessment methods and criteria
The exam consists of an interview covering syllabus topics. Students will show their deep competence about the tradition and survival of classical texts, placing authors in their historical and cultural context. Students will be assessed on:written and oral proficiency; language property; working out contents; ability to make inter-disciplinary connections; proper use of specialist language; ability to give proper answers to given questions.Students will have to score a minimum of 60 percent or better of the given questions to get a pass grade.