LATIN LITERATURE MOD. B
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The present module is the second unit of Latin Literature 2-unit course (12 CFU) and aims at providing students with critical methodology, translation techniques and critical reading and interpretation of Latin literary texts.
Focusing on poetry, the course aims at introducing students to poetic literary genres (Latin Satire and pastoral poetry) and classical poets in particular, so that students should:
- be able to place authors and literary movements in their proper historical context;
- be able to translate and analyze Latin literary texts and make personal judgements on Latin works and authors;
- have developed the ability to synthesize contents and properly assess and communicate their knowledge;
- have developed and demonstrate learning abilities recommended for further studies in Classics.
Classroom lectures, which are supplemented by practice sessions and tutorials (morphology, syntax, scansion, meter), will focus on the reading and interpretation of the texts provided.
Course contents summary
Epos and polis in latin literature.
Chosen extracts from Vergil's epic poem will be analyzed in order to outline the features of the genre and illustrate its relations with ellenistic epos.
Selected bibliography on the topics discussed and texts will be provided during lessons and will be available online and in the secretary's office.
Required Text Books:
A. Traina – G. Bernardi Perini, Propedeutica al latino universitario (with the exception of chapters VI, VIII, IX), Bologna Pàtron 2007;
B. Morphology and Syntax (students will be free to select a Latin Grammar text book of their choice);
C. History of Latin Literature (students will be free to select a Latin Literature textbook of of their choice);
D. Seneca, De providentia;
E. Vergil, Aeneid II.
Required Text Books for the student of TEACHING of LATIN LANGUAGE and LITERATURE:
A. Anna Giordano Rampioni, Manuale per l'insegnamento del latino, Bologna Pàtron 2010.
The course consists of classroom lectures supplemented by weekly tutorials.
Through classroom lectures students will be guided to a first methodological approach for the study of different texts according to the specific features of literary genres and authors.
Classroom lectures will be supplemented by practice sessions and tutorials to support students in gaining the resources and skills needed to properly read and translate texts and to understand the most important phonological and metrical aspects. Tutorial activities will be scaled up and down according to students’ abilities and needs.
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Assessment methods and criteria
(LATIN LITERATURE mod.B)
Students will be assessed by an oral examination based on the readings and other material used in the course.
(TEACHING of LATIN LANGUAGE and LITERATURE)
Students will prepare a didactic unit based on the topic and texts discussed.
(ALL THE STUDENTS)
The assessment aims to test:
1) proper knowledge and critical understanding of the literary and cultural background of the main and most important literary genres within the field of Latin Literature;
2) proper reading and translation of Latin texts;
3) critical and interpretation skills along with the ability to produce personal reinterpretation and interdisciplinary links;
4) oral proficiency; correct use of language; ability to give proper answers to given questions.
Students will have to fully achieve the first two assessment criteria and score a minimum of 60 percent or better to get a pass grade.