Academic year
2023/2024 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FM0120 (AF:448798 AR:258580)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
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The course of LATIN LITERATURE (alone = 6 CFU or as part of LATIN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE, 12 CFU) falls within the "Core educational activities" of the study plan of the Master's Degree Programmes in Ancient Civilisations: Literature, History and Archaeology and in Italian Philology and Literature. It aims to refine the student's knowledge of language and style, authors, genres and works of Latin literature and of their critical problems, and contributes to enrich the knowledge of western cultural history and literary traditions, of methods and tools of literary history and philology and of their specialized languages.
The outcome of this course would be the detailed knowledge of a work or of a selection of Latin literary texts in the original language, and of their historical and interpretative problems in the framework of the contemporary scientific debate. Students should be able to read, understand, translate into Italian and comment on the historical-literary and stylistic plan the texts treated during the course, to discuss the interpretation proposed by the teacher and the bibliography, to contextualize authors and works studied during the course in the cultural and literary tradition of classical antiquity. Students should then be able to repeat the same type of analysis, applying the methods learned during the course, on a further sample of texts assigned as personal readings.
Already equipped with linguistic skills at least intermediate level, students should also acquire through the course a greater familiarity with the Latin literary language, a broader set of linguistic knowledge and a more confident ability in translation from Latin into Italian; at the same time, the study of the bibliography should refine the students' knowledge of the concepts and critical vocabulary of philology and literary history, and their ability to discuss literary topics and texts.
The exam of LATIN LITERATURE requires a general knowledge of the history of Latin language and literature and a linguistic competence of Latin at least intermediate level.
To access the exam students must also certify their knowledge of Latin language by passing the Test of Latin 2 ( ).
'Clientes' at the table of the 'patronus': a reading of Juvenal's satire V.
The discrimination and humiliation inflicted on the 'cliens' admitted to the table of a wealthy patronus is the subject of the pitiless portrayal that Martial and then Juvenal commit to epigram and verse satire, respectively. The course, centered on an annotated reading of Juvenal's fifth satire, will build on this text to extend the view to the broader tradition of criticism of symposial malacreance and the type of the bad host, which runs through Latin literature from Lucilius to Horace, from Petronius to Martial and Pliny the Younger, to find in the last of the great authors of the Latin 'satura' its most vigorous and polemical expression.
In addition to the texts read in the classroom, each student will carry out a personal analysis of an additional text that will be agreed upon with the teacher.
1) Notes from the lessons.
2) F. BELLANDI, Etica diatribica e protesta sociale nelle satire di Giovenale, Bologna, Pàtron, 1980.
3) B. SANTORELLI, Giovenale, Satira V. Introduzione, Traduzione e Commento, Berlin-Boston, de Gruyter, 2013, pp. 3-33 (Introduzione).
4) A. FUSI, Marziale 3,82 e la Cena Trimalchionis, in: A.M. MORELLI (cur.), Epigramma longum. Da Marziale alla tarda antichità / From Martial to late antiquity, Cassino, Edizioni dell'Università degli studi di Cassino, 2008, vol. I, pp. 267-297.
Each student will also prepare a personal reading (in the original text) of a text agreed upon with the teacher with the related bibliography. Non-attending students will add their own reading (in the original text) of Juvenal, Satire I.
All texts discussed during the lectures will be made available by the teacher in Moodle.
Learning is verified through an oral interview in which the students must demonstrate to be able to read, understand, translate into Italian and comment on the stylistic and historical-literary level some passages of the work or selection of texts which has been read by the teacher or assigned as personal reading; students must also be able to discuss the bibliography and to use it in the interpretation of texts.
Traditional lessons, mainly based on reading, translation, linguistic, stylistic and historical-literary commentary of the texts covered by the course, with illustration of the related critical problems. During the lessons students are involved in the discussion of specific topics or critical problems, of the theses supported in the bibliography and are invited to propose and explain their own opinions.
Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 17/01/2024