Latin literature (MA)

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-FIL-LET/04
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims at: a) improving language skills of students concerning phonetics, vocabulary, morphology and syntax of the Latin language, in agreement with level B2 of the Linguistic Certification of Latin (http://www.cusl.eu/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Sillabo-.pdf); b) leading students to the comprehension of Latin literary texts read in the original language, through the analysis of significant passages of prose and verse; c) transmitting tools and methods for a deep exegesis of Latin literary texts; d) providing challenging correspondences between literary texts and iconographic codes as well as with figurative language.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding: at the end of the course the student will have achieved a) a proper knowledge of phonetics, morphology and syntax of the Latin language; b) the full understanding of the passages read in class (vocabulary, morphology, syntax), in agreement with level B2 of the linguistic certification of Latin (http://www.cusl.eu/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ Syllabus-.pdf); c) full knowledge of contents and relation with the literary tradition and historical-social context; d) the mature awareness of the development of Latin language and literature with respect to the permanence of Latin classics in modernity.
Skills: the student will be able to analyze prosaic and poetic texts, examined in class, from the linguistic, lexical, content and stylistic point of view, recognizing the main expressive codes and any correspondences between literature and iconographic codes as well as with figurative language; he will be able to develop clearly, in relation to the topics dealt with in the course, a well-articulated argument aimed at the exegesis of the texts, by means of specific vocabulary of the discipline. The student will also be able to apply the acquired skills to evaluate the importance of the permanence of the Latin classics in a wider cultural context.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
COURSE ORGANIZATION
The course is composed of three sections, in a blended way.
First section includes two lessons a week, in classroom; second section (integrated didactic project) includes three lessons a week, in classroom and online (see timetable and calendar on the Ariel website at the beginning of the course); last part of the course (required to acquire 9 Cfu) includes one lesson a week online (it coincides with a part of Course in Latin Literature MA _ Prof. Gioseffi-Prof. Torre). If Covid-emergency will require, the first part too will be carried out online.

All information to log in virtual classrooms will be available on the Ariel website. Any changes of syllabus or didactic material will be communicated on the Ariel website.

Students are strongly required to visit the Ariel website assiduously and to carry out the activities on the Forum carefully.

TEACHING RESOURCES
As for teaching resources, no changes will occur in the Covid-emergency.

ASSESSMENT METHDOS AND CRITERIA
Any changes in the oral interview and/or in preliminary test delivery, due to the Covid-emergency, will be promptly communicated to the students and illustrated in the interactive Simulations. However, the required linguistic level as well as the contents, type of questions and assessment criteria will be unchanged.
Course syllabus
Title of the course: "Constellations"
The course is composed of three sections.
The first section (two lessons a week, in classroom) will propose a short survey of History of Ancient Astronomy and a gradual reading of the most seminal Latin texts about this topic (from I century BC to V century AD).

A second section (three lessons a week in a blended way, in classroom and online), as a part of an experimental and integrated teaching project, will be held in partnership with the course of Numismatica Antica (Prof. A. Cavagna) and the course of Classical Mythology (Prof. Silvia Romani): topics as Apotheosis and Catastherisme will be addressed according to distinct approaches and heterogeneous perspectives - from history of religion and rite to iconography and numismatics as well as literary imagery - in order to highlight and analyse the complexity of the ancient treatment of the topic itself.

A last part, required only to acquire 9 cfu (one lesson a week, online) is targeted to reinforce language skills and meta-linguistic proficiency of the students by close reading and practical criticisms of literary prose (Seneca, Letters to Lucilius: the focus will be on lexicon and complex sentences). This last section of the course coincides with a part of Course in Latin Literature MA (Prof. Gioseffi-Prof. Torre).
Prerequisites for admission
A level of language proficiency (grammar and lexicon) is required as a prerequisite, corresponding to Level B1 of Latin Language Certificates (http://www.cusl.eu/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Sillabo-.pdf).
Teaching methods
The focal points of the teaching method are: 1) on behalf of the teacher, texts' presentation (through loud reading, translation, linguistic analysis, practical criticism); 2) on behalf of the students, an active cooperation that is stimulated unceasingly, so that they will be be able to analyze prosaic and poetic texts, examined in class, from the linguistic, lexical, content and stylistic point of view, recognizing the main expressive codes.
Teaching Resources
All literary texts discussed by teacher in the first and second section (Astronomical topic) will be available on Ariel website of the course, as a serie of original handouts, including translation and commentary as well as selected exegetical passages. Any bibliographical references are embodied in teacher's critical reading of the texts: students are not required to know them in an autonomous and detached way nor in a specific and unique text. Please note that this syllabus for attending students applies also to non-attending ones. Hence, non-attending students are required to know all the original handouts, including translation, as will be published on the Ariel website at the beginning of the course; they are required to know also some sections of this volume: F. Franco Repellini, Cosmologie greche, Loescher 1980 (this book is no longer commercially available, so it will uploaded on website of the course).

As for as the last section of the course, this is dedicated to Seneca, Letters to Lucilius. The text of Letters will be available on Ariel website of the course Latin Literature, Master in Modern Letters (prof. Gioseffi - prof. Torre) (https://mgioseffilllm.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/v5/home/Default.aspx), as a serie of original handouts, including translation and commentary as well as selected exegetical passages. Any bibliographical references are embodied in teacher's critical reading of the texts: students are not required to know them in an autonomous and detached way nor in a specific and unique text. Please not that syllabus for attending students applies also to non-attending ones. Hence, non-attending students are required to know all the original handouts, including translation, as will be published on the Ariel website at the beginning of the course. They are required to know also these papers:
- A. Setaioli, Epistulae morales, in G. Damschen -A. Heil (edd.), Brill's Companion to Seneca Philosopher and Dramatist, Berlin-New York 2014, pp. 191-200.

- A. Traina, Lo stile drammatico del filosofo Seneca, Bologna 1984 (Cap. I e II)

- S. Corbinelli, Amicorum colloquia absentium. La scrittura epistolare a Roma tra comunicazione quotidiana e genere letterario, Napoli 2008, pp. 143-174.
Assessment methods and Criteria
A summative assessment is done at the end of the course, consisting of: (1) a preliminary and mandatory test to evaluate the level of language skills (= the translation of a brief passage of Latin canon of authors, max 15 lines; use of the dictionary is not forbidden) and (2) an oral interview to assess the knowledge and skills in reading and interpreting of latin texts of poetry and prose. The vote of oral interview is expressed in 30/30.
Unita' didattica A
L-FIL-LET/04 - LATIN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Torre Chiara
Unita' didattica B
L-FIL-LET/04 - LATIN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Torre Chiara
Unita' didattica C
L-FIL-LET/04 - LATIN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Torre Chiara
Professor(s)
Reception:
Thursday 11.00 am - 14.00 pm. Any changes will be communicated on Ariel website
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