MEDIEVAL LATIN LITERATURE
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course has been designed to offer students a general overview of the thousand-year output of Classic Latin within a predominantly European setting. Having defined a frame of reference through the choice of a century, a genre, an author and one of his works, the intent is to cross the diachronic and synchronic levels and through this provide a method and material for comprehending an extended period in Western history and an important segment of its culture.
As a course requirement, general knowledge of Latin literature and the principal features that define the era of the Late Antique period is recommended. In particular, mastery of the basic morpho-syntactic structures of Latin is requested.
Course contents summary
A. Overview of Latin literature in the Middle Ages. B. The 11th century. C. Distribution, reception, development and success of the “Saints Lives” genre. D. Pier Damiani ascetic, reformer and writer. E. Sainthood as narrated by a saint: the hagiography of Pier Damiani. F. Reading, analysis and comment of the Vita Mauri.
L etteratura latina medievale (secoli VI-XV). Un manuale, a cura di Claudio Leonardi, Firenze, Sismel-Edizioni del Galluzzo, 2002; Literature in the Middle Ages. 1. Il Medioevo latino, a cura di Guglielmo Cavallo, Claudio Leonardi, Enrico Menesto, voll. I-V, Roma, Salerno Editrice, 1992-1998; Pier Damiani, Vita di Mauro, a cura di Leonardo Lugaresi, Cesena, Societa Editrice , 2002
Classroom lectures, synoptic reading of works by different authors, but whose nature and contents are homogeneous. The evaluation consists of an oral exam.