Academic year
2019/2020 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FT0435 (AF:318664 AR:170036)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
2nd Term
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This course is included within the basic-courses of Humanities Degree, which is intended to provide students with first-level knowledge of linguistic history and literary culture in ancient Mediterranean area and in modern Europe from Antiquity until today. The primary purpose of this course is to make students aware of tools needed in approaching original Latin texts, from a historical, linguistic, literary, stylistic point of view. The course is intended to introduce students to extensive selections from early, classic, imperial, late Latin literature, with lectures and discussion on the evolution and development of Latin prose and poetry.
This course provides the preliminary 12 CFU within scientific area called L-FIL-LET/04; only after passing FT0435 examination, students can take any other Latin course. The course FT0435 can be taken both in first semester (Proff. Mondin-Mastandrea) and in second semester (Prof. Venuti).
Students will be aware of the historical development of Latin language, from the pre-documentary period to early Middle Ages; at the end of the course they will have acquired a solid grasp on Latin literary history, from early to late period and an increased familiarity with the main tools for ancient texts’ analysis.
Participants will improve their knowledge of main lines of Latin language and literature history while developing an appreciation for features of style, genre, and cultural context. Furthermore, they will be able to connect linguistic and literary phenomena of Italian language with their Latin origin.
This course consists of close reading and analysis of Latin literary texts, both prose and poetry: at least a basic knowledge of Latin is then requested. All students who want to take this exam must take before the Latin Lab 1 Language test (info: ).
This course is intended to introduce students to the history of Latin language and literature. They
will be exposed to a selection of original texts from Latin prose and poetry, from the early to the late period, with special attention to the manifold genres, authors and works.
The course focuses on a variety of issues: Latin language development among centuries; individuality of Latin, especially compared with Italian; intertextuality and genre features, dynamic effects of social and political contexts.
1) Selection of texts provided by the teacher, available online on Moodle page.
2) L. MONDIN-A. PISTELLATO, Introduzione allo studio del latino: pdf available online on Moodle page.
3) A. CAVARZERE, A. DE VIVO, P. MASTANDREA, Letteratura latina. Una sintesi storica, Roma, Carocci, 2003, 2015².
Examination program is the same for attending and "not-attending" students. However, students are strongly recommended to attend the course.
Written final text (length: 120 minutes). 10 questions about topics covered in the course. Each question has a mark: 7 “open” questions (up to 3 marks each), 2 “close-ended” questions (up to 1 mark each); the last question includes a sample of translation and commentary of a Latin text among those read by the teacher within the course. A sample test is available on Moodle.
Traditional lecture, with translation of Latin texts and discussion on the evolution and development of Latin language and literature.
This programme is provisional and there could still be changes in its contents.
Last update of the programme: 11/07/2019