HISTORY OF LATIN LANGUAGE

HISTORY OF LATIN LANGUAGE

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Code
64890
ACADEMIC YEAR
2017/2018
CREDITS
9 credits during the 2nd year of 8457 Letters and Humanities (L-10) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
L-FIL-LET/04
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Letters and Humanities)
semester
2° Semester

OVERVIEW

This course offers a survey of the evolution of Latin languages through the ages, from the earliest epigraphic texts handed down to us, up to the prose texts of the Imperial age.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The student will learn how to assess the linguistic features of a Latin texts, with an eye to the evolution of the language in texts belongin to different ages and literary genres.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

All texts will be read in Latin: it is mandatory a good knowledge of Latin grammar.

Teaching methods

The course will be based on readings, translations and analysis of a selection of Latin texts from different epochs and genres.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

This course will focus on four specific aspects of Latin language. We will start with epigraphic texts of the archaic age; then we will move to a selection of passages from Terence's comedies; we will then study some chapters of Petronius' Satyricon, with special attention to the traces of colloquial language; eventually, one of the Major declamations falsely ascribed to Quintilian will offer a sample of the literary Latin language of the post-classic age.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bibliography for 9 CFU:

1. Textbook: I. Mazzini, Storia della lingua latina e del suo contesto. Vol. 1: Linguistica e lingua letteraria, Roma: Salerno Editrice 2007 (ISBN: 9788884025982). 

2. Epigraphic texts: all texts will be shared in class by the instructor.

3. Terence: a selection of passages from Terence's plays, collected in A. Stramaglia – F. Valente, Antologia terenziana, Bologna: BUP 2017 (ISBN: 9788869232602).

4.Petronius: Satyricon, chapters 41-48. Recommended edition, with Italian translation: Petronio Arbitro. Satyricon, a cura di A. Aragosti, Milano: BUR 1995  (ISBN: 9788817067041).

5. Pseudo-Quintilian: Major Declamation 1 (Paries Palmatus). Recommended edition, with Italian translation and commentary: B.Santorelli – A. Stramaglia, [Quintiliano]. Il muro con le impronte di una mano (Declamazioni maggiori, 1), Cassino: Edizioni Università di Cassino 2017 (ISBN: 9788883171000).

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

LESSONS

Teaching methods

The course will be based on readings, translations and analysis of a selection of Latin texts from different epochs and genres.

LESSONS START

February 15, 2018.