Learning outcomes of the course unit
That of Latin Literature is an advanced course aiming to provide students with thorough methodological skills in the fields of Latin Literature and philology in order for critical methodology, translation techniques and critical reading and interpretation of Latin literary texts to be fully developed.
Classroom lectures, which are supplemented by practice and personal tutor sessions, will focus on critical reading and advanced interpretation of the texts provided. Students will also be requested to apply translation techniques and critical analysis in a research paper on a topic of choiche that they will have to submit at the end of term.
At the end of the course students should
1- be able to translate complex texts and properly present the results of their researches;
2- be able to apply methodological skills in order to make personal judgements on each text provided;
3- be able to place each text in its proper literary and cultural background;
4- be able to produce interdisciplinary links;
5- be able to properly present the results of their researches.
Students must have
- acquired 6 credits in the 'Latin language and literature' SDA (L-FIL-LET/04).
- pass a second preliminary written entry exam (“prova scritta di latino 2”), if they have already gained 18 credits in the same SDA (Latin language and literature, L-FIL-LET/04).
Course contents summary
Seneca vs. Seneca: the philosopher and the poet.
A commented reading of some extracts from Seneca’s tragedies will show how the poet is not in conflict with the writer.
A critical paper to be chosen in consultation with the module tutor.
Selected passages from Seneca’s tragedies works will be read, translated and commented during classroom activities. Selected bibliography on Seneca’s tragic poetry will be provided during lessons and students will be guided towards the elaboration of a research paper on a topic of their choice through personal tutor sessions scaled up and down according to each student’s needs.
Assessment methods and criteria
The final assessment aims to test:
1) proper reading and translation of Latin texts;
2) critical and interpretation skills along with the ability to produce personal reinterpretation and interdisciplinary links;
3) complexity of the topic selected for the research paper;
4) oral proficiency; correct use of language; ability to give proper answers to given questions.
Students will have to fully achieve the first assessment criterium and score a minimum of 60 percent or better to get a pass grade.