LATE-ANCIENT LATIN LITERATURE (unit A)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Students will acquire detailed knowledge of the historical/literary panorama of the late Latin period.
Students must have obtained 10 learning credits in the scientific subject area of Latin Language and Literature.
Course contents summary
Course title: The Epistle in Late Antiquity
The course sets out to examine examples of the epistolary genre in Late Antiquity, as an instrument of communication and literary product, both in a pagan and Christian context. It will specifically consider epistles characterised by literary subject matter, to show how the epistolary genre became an instrument for the dissemination of literary theories.
Recommended readings and texts will be provided over the course of the lectures.
General part: Latin literature from the third to the sixth century AD. The module must be supplemented by chapters VI, VIII and IX of the Propedeutica al latino universitario, and independent readings: Rutilio Namaziano, de reditu suo; Simmaco, relatio III; Ambrogio, epist. 17-18.
Students will be required to study Latin literature of the Late Antiquity period and prepare (read and translate) Latin texts of the period.
One of the following recommended texts:
A. CAVARZERE, A. DE VIVO, P. MASTANDREA, Letteratura latina, Roma 2003.
G.B. CONTE, Letteratura latina, Firenze 2002 (rist 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, chap. I.
J. FONTAINE, Letteratura tardoantica. Figure e percorsi, Brescia 20042, chapters I-VII.
Rutilio Namaziano, De reditu suo, a cura di A. FO, Torino 1992.
La maschera della tolleranza, Ambrogio, epist. 17-18; Simmaco, terza relazione. Intr. di I. DIONIGI, trad. di A. TRAINA, Milano BUR 2006.
Classroom lectures and exercises plus weekly tutorials.
The exam consists of an oral exam on various topics covered in the course syllabus.