Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course offers a technical introduction to textual criticism, enabling the students to analyse and interpret the critical apparatus of an edition and focusing the linguistic and stylistic features of the texts, both in prose and in poetry
Have earned 12 credits in the subject area of Latin Language and Literature; those who have already earned 18 credits in this subject area must pass a preliminary written exam
Course contents summary
The ancient concept of progress: Epicurus, Lucretius, Virgil, Seneca.
The concept of progress, that develops in antiquity in opposition to the theory of recurrent cycles in human history, fluctuates also in ancient ages between optimism and pessimism. The course focuses on some significant stages, from Greek antiquity to Roman republic and empire.
L.D. Reynolds, N.G. Wilson, Copisti e Filologi. La tradizione dei classici dall’antichità ai tempi moderni, Padova 1987
Assessment methods and criteria
Classroom lectures and exercises plus weekly tutorials
The exam consists of an interview covering syllabus topics and presentation of an individual research project agreed upon with the course professor