LATIN LITERATURE I (UNIT A)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Students will acquire basic knowledge of the history of Latin literature and will study a given topic or writer in detail through a reading of translated texts.
Course contents summary
Course title: The word and power
The course aims to help students grasp the relationship between literature and political life in the Republican Age, by focusing on the attitude of literary figures towards power. After an overview of the limits to freedom of expression in the Roman world and of the consideration in which various literary genres were held, the course will concentrate on the final century of the Republic. Particular attention will be given to the figure of Cicero who, with his orations and writings, represents the political and intellectual figure who is committed to affirming the values of civilisation and of peace as the foundation of political life.
Textbooks and reading references will be provided during lectures.
General part: history of Latin literature from its origins until the end of the Imperial Age.
Lecture part: Reading list provided during the course.
B. Zucchelli, Letterati e potere politico nell'antica Roma in età repubblicana ed augustea, in Scritti minori, Quaderni di "Paideia", Cesena, Stilgraf, 2009, pp. 459-472
General part: one of the following textbooks is recommended:
G.B. Conte, Letteratura latina, Firenze, Le Monnier, ultima edizione; G.Garbarino, Storia e testi della letteratura latina, Torino, Paravia 2001; A.Cavarzere, A.De Vivo, P. Mastandrea, Letteratura latina , Roma, Carocci 2003.
Independent readings: students will be required to read a number of texts in their Italian translation.
Classroom lectures and exercises plus weekly tutorials.
The exam consists of an oral exam on various topics covered in the course syllabus.