LATE-ANCIENT LATIN LITERATURE (unit A)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Students will acquire advanced knowledge of the historical and literary landscape of late Latinity.
Students must have acquired 10 learning credits in the 'Latin language and literature' SDA (L-FIL-LET/04).
Course contents summary
Course title: The Latin epigram in late antiquity
The aim of the course is to examine the later fortune of the epigrammatic genre, which is well attested in both pagan and Christian contexts. It will take into consideration, specifically, collections of epigrams of pagan inspiration, in order to show how the literary genre of the epigram inherited and developed a line of the classical tradition.
Specific readings and texts will provided over the course of the lessons.
General part: Latin literature from the third to the sixth century AD. The module must be completed by the textbook Propedeutica al latino universitario, Chapters VI, VIII and IX and independent readings: Claudian, De Raptu Proserpinae, III; Symmachus, Relatio III; Ambrose, Epistulae 17-18).
One of the following recommended textbooks:
A. CAVARZERE, A. DE VIVO, P. MASTANDREA, Letteratura latina, Roma 2003.
G.B. CONTE, Letteratura latina, Firenze 2002 (reprinted 2004).
F. CUPAIUOLO, Storia della letteratura latina: forme letterarie, autori e società, Napoli 1994.
P. FEDELI, Il sapere letterario: autori, testi e contesti della cultura romana, Napoli 2003.
G. POLARA, Letteratura latina tardoantica e altomedievale, Roma 1987, Chapter I.
J. FONTAINE, Letteratura tardoantica. Figure e percorsi, Brescia 2004, Chapters I-VII.
Claudian, De Raptu Proserpinae, l. III.
La maschera della tolleranza, Ambrogio, epist. 17-1 8; Simmaco, terza relazione. Introduction by I. DIONIGI, translation by A. TRAINA, Milano BUR 2006.
Lecture part: readings and texts will be provided over the course of the lectures.
Classroom lectures and exercises plus weekly tutorials.
Assessment consists of an oral exam covering the various syllabus topics.