Learning outcomes of the course unit
Advanced study of Latin and acquisition of the methodological skills required for independent research.
Course requirement: 10 credits in the Latin language and literature SDA. Students who have already gained 15 credits in the same SDA must pass a preliminary written entry exam.
Course contents summary
Course title: The language of persuasion in Seneca.
Through the reading, with commentary, of passages taken in particular from the author’s epistolary writings, the course aims to bring out the importance that Seneca attaches to language as a means of persuasion. Examples of various methods of persuasion will be provided and examined, above all the role of the philosophical admonitio in Seneca’s stylistic theory and practice.
Close examination of topics in historical Latin morphology.
Students will carry out a piece of scientific research to be agreed upon with the professor.
Lecture part: Reading references provided during lectures.
General part: A. Ernout, Morphologie historique du latin, Paris 1989.
Specialised readings on research topics.
Classroom lectures and exercises plus weekly tutorials.
The exam consists of an oral exam covering the various syllabus topics and presentation of an individual research project to be agreed upon with the course professor.