Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims to enable students to get basic knowledgment and under standing in Latin philology and textual criticism by reading Latin authors in their original language and in critical edition, providing at the same time a linguistic and stylistic commentary of the text. They will be able to apply their knowledgment and under standing for a first, self analysis of Latin texts, showing a good competence in translation, in gathering and interpreting data and in informing judgements about social and cultural context. They will be able to communicate clearly basic information and ideas about textual criticism, in order to undertake further studies in classic subjects and also to begin with critical attitude a working activity.
12 CFU in the subject area of Latin Language and Litterature are required. Pass a second preliminary written exam ("prova scritta latino 2"), if students have already gained 18 credits in the same SDA (latin language and literature, L-FIL-LET/04).
Course contents summary
Witches in Latin comedy, lyric and elegy.
After an introduction on magic in Roman world, the course focuses on witches that appear in some Latin poetic genres
For basic knowledge in latin philology : L.D. Reynolds, N.G. Wilson, Copisti e Filologi. La tradizione dei classici dall’antichità ai tempi moderni, Padova 1987.dall’antichità ai tempi moderni, Padova 1987. Strix: la strega nella cultura romana, Torino 2010, Anne Marie Tupet, La magie dans la poesie latine, Paris 1976. Further reading is provided during the lessons. Reading of Horace' satires and a prose text chosen with the professor
frontal lessons and classes
Assessment methods and criteria
The exam consists of an interview covering syllabus topics. Students will show their basic competence in translating the authors proposed during frontal lessons and in reading critical text and critical apparatus of these authors; in giving a basic account of the history of Latin philology. . 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.