ACADEMIC YEAR: 2016/2017
YEAR OF STUDY: 1
SEMESTER: Second semester
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 6
CONTACT HOURS: 36
INDIVIDUAL WORK HOURS: 114
Knowledge and understanding: Specifically designed for students with a background in history of art and theatre, this course provides them with a sketch of Latin literature in a historical perspective.
Applying knowledge and understanding: Students should be able to read other texts by the same author or other author, applying the methods discussed in class. Pupils are requested to outline the context and be able to read some simple scientific essays.
Making judgements: Students should be able to assess whether the information provided by a text is sufficient to support a hypothesis or a statement.
Communication skills:Students should be able to describe the main features of Latin literature and outline the texts they have read.
Learning skills: Latin literature helps to develop those learning skills (e.g. analysis, synthesis, etc.), necessary both for an increasing specialization and for the job market.
Fragments of ancient wisdom: Phaedrus and the fairy
The course of Latin literature is divided in to two modules.
The first one aims to offer a historical and cultural sketch of Latin literature, different genres, and main authors. As far as the latter are concerned, students are requested to describe and discuss works, main themes, linguistic and stilistic characteristics within the context of the literary tradition. These topics will be outline drather briefly, mostly with reference to the monographic module. The remaining topics will be assigned to the pupils as an independent study.
The second module will deal with various poetic genres in Latin literature, focusing on fairy.
Phaedrus' fairy tales will be read in translation. The features of this form of popular entertainment, delivering wisdom, will be analysed. It expresses a disenchanted social realism, giving voice to the outcast and showing some human characters as well as social rules, as it deals with injustice, prevarication etc. The ' fortune' of this work will be studied at last up to La Fontaine.
-Storia della letteratura latina (in one of the following editions: G.B. Conte, Letteratura latina, Firenze 2002; G. Garbarino, Storia e testi della letteratura latina, Torino 2001; A. Cavarzere, A. De Vivo, P. Mastrandrea, Letteratura latina, Roma 2003.
Teaching methods:Lessons will always start with a reading of Phaedrus’ text in translation. Difficult passages will be explained and commented upon. Readings will be the starting point to discuss several aspects of the ancient civilization and to highlight contacts with the contemporary culture. Students are invited to participate in class: after a general and propedeutic introduction, they are supposed to present their comments on the texts. The module will be taught by lectures and seminars.
Examination: Participation in class helps students to learn little by little, and is fundamental to assess the general level of the pupils. Depending on it, some parts of the programme mights lightly vary. The exam is oral and will touch upon each part of the programme. Students will be judged on:
- Comprehension of the general development of Latin literature;
- Comprehension and comments on the texts read;
- How pertinent answers given are;
- Clarity and precision of language.
Students will pass the exam only if they meet the first two criteria and answer correctly to at least 60% of the answers, in accordance with the other criteria.