Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FT0435 (AF:355155 AR:191585)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
4th Term
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Latin language and literature II B is the second part of the Latin language and literature class (FT0435, 12 CFU) held in the second semester by Profs Martina Venuti (I B) and Antonio Pistellato (II B).
The Latin language and literature class is included within the basic-classes of the Humanities Degree, which is intended to provide students with first-level knowledge of linguistic history and culture in ancient Mediterranean area and in modern Europe from Antiquity until today. The primary purpose of the Latin language and literature course is to make students aware of the necessary tools needed in approaching original Latin texts, from a historical, linguistic, literary, stylistic point of view. The class 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 class 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 class can be taken either in the first semester (Profs Venuti and Mondin) or in the second semester (Profs Venuti and Pistellato).
Students should be aware of the historical development of Latin language, from the pre-documentary period to the early Middle Ages; at the end of the course they should have acquired a solid grasp on Latin literary history, from the early to the late period, and an increased acquaintance with the main tools for ancient texts’ analysis.
Participants should improve their knowledge of the main issues of Latin language and literature history, and develop an appreciation for such specific features as style, genre, and cultural context. Furthermore, they should be able to connect linguistic and literary phenomena characterizing the Italian language with their Latin origin.
The class consists of a close reading and analysis of selected Latin literary texts, both prose and poetry: at least a basic knowledge of Latin is therefore requested. All students who wish to take this exam must have passed the Latin 1 Language test in advance (info: ).
The class aims to introduce students to the history of Latin language and literature. They will be offered a selection of original texts from Latin prose and poetry, from the early to the late period, with special attention to a variety of genres, authors and works.
The class focuses on manifold issues: the development of Latin over the centuries; individuality of Latin, especially compared to Italian; intertextuality and genre; dynamic effects of social and political contexts.
1) A selection of texts provided by the teacher, available online on Moodle.
2) L. MONDIN-A. PISTELLATO, Introduzione allo studio del latino: pdf available online on Moodle.
3) A. CAVARZERE, A. DE VIVO, P. MASTANDREA, Letteratura latina. Una sintesi storica, Roma, Carocci, 2003, 2015².

Exam programme is the same for attending and "non-attending" students.
Written final test (length: 120 minutes). 10 questions about topics covered in the course: history of Latin language and literature from the pre-documentary period to the early Middle Ages; the main features of classical Latin grammar and linguistic system and its development towards Italian and Neo-Latin languages. 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 (up to 7 mark) includes a sample of translation and commentary of a Latin text taken from those presented by the teacher during the class. A sample test in pdf format is available on Moodle.
Regular class sessions, with translation and commentary of selected Latin texts and a relevant discussion on the evolution and development of Latin language and literature.
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Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 15/02/2022