Learning outcomes of the course unit
At the end of the course students will have acquired advanced knowledgment in the field of Latin language, in particular in the translation of Latin authors and in the comprehension of linguistic phenomena (phonological, morphological, syntactic and stylistic); will acquire critical methodologies necessary for the accurate analysis of texts and their critical interpretation.
Knowledge and understanding:
Students will develop knowledge and comprehension competence in the field of Latin language thanks to the use of different sources (manuals, scientific bibliography, lectures, ecc.) and by reading Latin authors in their original language, providing a linguistic and stylistic commentary of the text.
Applying knowledge and understanding: Students should be able to read and translate authors proposed as domestic readings, applying the methods discussed in class.
Students will be able to collect and interpret data to determine autonomous judgements in the field of texts by Latin authors, including cross-cultural and interdisciplinary thinking.
Students will be able to clearly formulate, using appropriate scientific terminology, the linguistic phenomena under study and will be able to convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to specialists and non-specialists.
Students will develop learning skills useful to do undertake further studies in classic subjects.
Course requirement: 12 credits in the Latin language and literature SDA. Students who have already gained 18 credits in the same SDA must pass a preliminary written entry exam.
Course contents summary
The philosopher and the political life: readings from Seneca.
Classroom lectures will focus on commented readings from Seneca’s works, with particular regards to those exposing Seneca’s relations with political power. The analysis of the excerpts devoted to this issue will be the starting point for wider comments on the philosopher’s writing.
A section of the course will be dedicated to the historical morphology of Latin.
Reading list will be provided during the lessons and will be available on Elly.
G. Allegri, Il filosofo e il princeps: gratitudine e beneficium nella Lettera 73 di Seneca, "Paideia", 2014, pp.259-284.
M. Bellincioni, Potere ed etica in Seneca, Brescia Paideia, 1984
Parte Istituzionale e letture domestiche:
A. Traina – G. Bernardi Perini, Propedeutica al latino universitario (in particolare capitoli VI, VIII, IX), Bologna Pàtron, 1998.
and will be available on Elly.
Required Text Books:
A. Traina – G. Bernardi Perini, Propedeutica al latino universitario (chapters VI, VIII, IX), Bologna Pàtron, 1998;
A. Ghiselli, Commento alla sintassi latina, Bologna 2012.
Vergil, Aen. (a book chosen among those not yet examined);a classic in prose to be agreed with the professor.
Frontal lessons. Tutorials will be organised, depending on students’ needs.
Assessment methods and criteria
There will be an oral final exam on the whole programme. The evaluation is on 30-point scale.
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) oral proficiency; correct use of language; ability to give proper answers to given questions.
Students will have to fully achieve the first assessment criterion and score a minimum of 60 percent or better to get a pass grade.