LATIN LITERATURE MOD. A
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims at providing students with critical methodology, translation techniques and critical reading and interpretation of Latin literary texts.
The first part of the course aims at introducing students to Latin historiography so that students should be able to:
- place authors and literary movements in their proper historical context;
- read and analyze Latin literary texts after the basic language skills are acquired.
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.
-Knowledge and understanding Latin autors 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.
Basic knowledge of the Latin language
Course contents summary
Cicero' De amicitia lectures
Classroom lectures will focus on selected passages, special focus being placed on their features, themes, style.
Reading list provided during the lessons and available online.
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: 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.)
The course consists of classroom
supplemented by weekly
t u t o r i a l s .
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 and that will be administered at
the end of the two courses.
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.