HISTORY OF LATIN LANGUAGE

HISTORY OF LATIN LANGUAGE

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Code
64890
ACADEMIC YEAR
2020/2021
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
Teaching materials

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.

PREREQUISITES

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 one of Terence's comedies; we will then study a selection of graffiti from Pompei, with special attention to the traces of colloquial language; eventually, a book from Lucretius' De rerum natura will be studied as a sample of Latin poetry preserving features of archaic language, while Sallustius' De Catilinae coniuratione will offer a sample of archizing literary prose.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bibliography for 9 CFU:

1. Textbook: F. Berardi, Le vie del Latino, Lecce: Congedo Editrice 2020 (ISBN: 9788867662500). 

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

3. Terence: Phormio. Recommended edition: G. Zanetto, Terenzio: Formione, Milano 1991 (ISBN: 9788817168359); any other edition is acceptable.

4. Lucretius: De rerum natura, book II. Recommended edition, with Italian translation: Lucrezio. La natura delle cose, Milano: BUR 1994 (9788817169547); any other edition is acceptable.

5. Sallustius: De Catilinae coniuratione. Recommended edition, with Italian translation and notes: G. Brescia – L. Piazzi, La Congiura di Catilina, Santarcangelo di Romagna: Rusconi Libri 2016 (ISBN: 9788818030341); any other edition is acceptable.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: Office hours will be held either in person or via Microsoft Teams, by appointment. Please e-mail the instructor to schedule an appointment.

Exam Board

BIAGIO SANTORELLI (President)

DILETTA VIGNOLA

LARA NICOLINI (Substitute)

GABRIELLA MORETTI (Substitute)

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

Monday, February 15, 2021

ORARI

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HISTORY OF LATIN LANGUAGE

EXAMS

Exam description

The student will be required to translate, analyse and comment on a selection of passages drawn from the readings listed in this syllabus, one per category (epigraphies; Terence; Petronius; Pompeian inscriptions; Ps.-Quintilian). The ability to translate from Latin is a mandatory requisite to pass the exam; the student will be then required to analise the linguistic peculiarities of the selected texts.

Assessment methods

Grading scale:

  • 30 cum laude - 28: The student will be able to translate and discuss accurately the texts and outline their linguistic features;
  • 27 - 23: The student will show an overall knowledge of the selected texts, with some flaws that will not prejudice their correct interpretation.

  • 22 - 18: The student will show a partial understanding of the texts and their language.

  • Fail: The student who will misinterpret or not be able to translate the texts will not pass the exam.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
10/05/2021 09:00 GENOVA Orale
07/06/2021 09:00 GENOVA Orale
28/06/2021 09:00 GENOVA Orale
19/07/2021 09:00 GENOVA Orale
13/09/2021 09:00 GENOVA Orale