Learning outcomes of the course unit
Advanced study of Latin and acquisition of the methodological skills required for independent research
The reading and metric and stylistic analysis of passages from different literary genres and authors will serve to outline the principal lines of Latin panegyric poetry.
: 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.
Students must have acquired 10 credits in the 'Latin language and literature' SDA (L-FIL-LET/04).
Course contents summary
Course title: Seneca and liberal studies.
Through the commented reading of selected Senecan passages, this course's aim is to explore Seneca's view of the studies characterising the education of young Romans, and, on a broader scale, Seneca's view of arts. The relationship between grammar, philology and philosophy will be duly considered.
Close examination of topics in historical Latin morphology.
Students will carry out a piece of scientific research to be agreed upon with the professor.
Course title: Epic panegyric poetry.
The course includes reading and analysis of poems (Laus Pisonis; Panegyricus Messallae) whose complex rhetoric structure realizes the cross over between epic items and panegyric elements. The literary genre of the epic panegyric will be developed in the late antiquity by Claudianus and Sidonius Apollinaris. Knowledge of the fundamentals of style, prosody and metre are expected.
Recommended readings: Lecture part:
Reading references provided during lectures.
G. Mazzoli, Seneca e la poesia, Milano 1970
Seneca, Lettere a Lucilio. Libro XV: le lettere 94 e 95, Testo, introduzione, versione e commento a cura di M. Bellincioni, Paideia, Brescia 1979.
Specialised readings on research topics.
A. Ernout, Morphologie historique du latin, Paris 1989.
Boldrini, S. La prosodia e la metrica dei Romani. Rome: Carocci, 2001.
Lunelli, A, ed. La lingua poetica latina (essays from W. Kroll, H.H. Jahnssen, M. Leumann), IV updated edition. Bologna: Pàtron, 2011.
Readings and texts will be provided over the course of the lectures.
Oral lesson and laboratory.
Assessment methods and criteria
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.
The course consists of lectures and exercises, supported by weekly tutorials.
Students will prepare a scientific research project on a topic to be agreed upon with the lecturer.