Learning outcomes of the course unit
The present module is the second unit of Latin Language and Literature 2-unit course
(12 CFU) and aims at providing students with critical methodology,
translation techniques and critical reading and interpretation of Latin
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
- 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.
have earned at least 6 cfu L-FIL-LET/04
Course contents summary
Eolic Catullus in lyric Horatius
poems from Catullus' liber and Horatius' Odes and will be read, translated and commented.
Selected bibliography on the topic discussed will be provided during
Required Text Books:
A. Morphology and Syntax (students will be free to select a Latin
Grammar textbook of their choice) and A. Traina – G. Bernardi Perini,
Propedeutica al latino universitario (tranne i capitoli VI, VIII, IX), Bologna
B. History of Latin Literature (students will be free to select a Latin
Literature textbook of of their choice);
C. Seneca, De vita beata;
D. Vergil, Aeneid IV
The course consists of classroom lectures supplemented by weekly
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.
Assessment methods and criteria
Students will be assessed by an oral examination based on the readings
and other material used in the course.
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.