LATIN LITERATURE I
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Acquisition of the methodological, literary and language skills required for reading and interpreting Latin authors in the original.
The absence of gaps in students’ level of preparation will be verified through a preliminary written exam consisting of a translation from Latin of an author from the classical age.
Course contents summary
Module A: readings from Lucilius, Horace, Persius and Juvenal to gain familiarity with the development of the genre.
Module B: within the context of the satire of Lucilius and Juvenal, the course will examine significant passages in relation to the so-called indignatio from the metrical, stylistic and content point of view, which is not the prerogative of Juvenal alone. The hypothesis to be demonstrated is that so-called “Bakhtinian double-voicing” may be paralleled by a “tragic double-voicing” in the indignatio.
The exam will be based on Modules A and B.
General part and independent reading:
A selected textbook on the history of Latin literature.
Morphology and syntax, Propedeutica al latino universitario, excluding chapters VI, VIII and IX.
Caesar, De bello Gallico, Book II; Virgil, The Aeneid, Book III; reading of a critical essay to be chosen with the teacher.
Readings assigned during lectures.
The course consists of classroom lectures and exercises plus weekly tutorials.
Assessment consists of an oral exam covering the various syllabus topics (subject to passing a preliminary written assessment test).