LATIN GRAMMAR (UNIT A)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Students will acquire advanced language skills for the reading and interpretation of Latin authors.
Course requirement: 10 credits in the Latin language and literature SDA.
Course contents summary
Course title: The language of persuasion: theory and practice in the works of Cicero.
Although beginning with the distinction between the language of the orator and the language of the philosopher, the course aims to help students grasp the contribution of rhetoric to Cicero’s philosophical writings. It will analyse the interconnections between rhetoric and philosophy as it emerges in particular in the prefaces to the philosophical works.
A section of the course will be dedicated to an in-depth examination of certain aspects of historical phonetics and morphology.
Reading list provided during lectures.
General part and independent readings:
A. Traina, G. Bernardi Perini, Propedeutica al latino universitario, Bologna 1998.
A. Ernout, Morphologie historique du latin, Paris 1989.
Sallust, de coniuratione Catilinae; Virgil, Aeneid IV.
Classroom lectures and exercises plus weekly tutorials.
The exam consists of an oral exam on various topics covered in the course syllabus.