cod. 1006447

Academic year 2018/19
2° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Lingua e letteratura latina (L-FIL-LET/04)
Discipline linguistiche, filologiche e metodologiche
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

Knowledge and understanding
Students will develop advanced knowledge and comprehension competence in the field of Latin literature thanks to the use of different sources (manuals, books and scientific articles, lectures etc.), and to a critical reading and interpretation of Latin literary texts, regarding foundation topics and advanced research in this field.
Competences acquired in the first cycle will be strengthened and expanded allowing students to elaborate and apply original ideas.
Applying knowledge and understanding
Students will be able to apply knowledge and comprehension skills for an autonomous and deep analysis of literary Latin texts , also in a research context, with good competence in translation, method and critical attitude, useful for an advanced training for teachers, as well as for other professional profiles related both to the field of school and academic research and to the field of humanities and human resources.. In particular, students will develop skills needed both to create and support argumentation and to solve problems in the ,field of Latin literature.
Comprehension and problem solving skills will be reinforced and applied to new or unfamiliar topics, belonging to wider or interdisciplinary contexts related to their field of study.
Making judgements
Students will be able to collect and interpret data to determine autonomous judgements on classic literary texts also by oral referees on proposed themes, including cross-cultural and interdisciplinary thinking on cultural and intercultural, scientific and ethical topics connected to the judgements expressed.
Students will be able to integrate their knowledge, manage complexity and make judgements based on limited or incomplete data
Communication skills
Thanks to the specific focus on communication competences and in particular on the development and use of mediation skills, students will be able to convey , with clear and proper language, information, ideas, problems and solutions to specialists and non-specialists.
Students can make conclusions clearly and through the support of their knowledge. They will also be able to explain the reasons for their conclusions.
Learning skills
Thanks to the general scaffolding of the course which puts processes related to acquiring a critical attitude at the centre, students will develop learning skills useful to continue studying autonomously and in a self-directed way in lifelong learning education and also to begin with critical attitude a working activity


Students must have
- acquired 6 credits in the 'Latin language and literature' SDA (L-FIL-LET/04).
- pass a preliminary written entry exam, if they have already gained 18 credits in the same SDA (Latin language and literature, L-FIL-LET/04).

Course unit content

The ancient concept of progress: Epicurus, Lucretius, Virgil, Seneca.
The concept of progress, that develops in antiquity in opposition to the theory of recurrent cycles in human history, fluctuates also in ancient ages between optimism and pessimism. The course focuses on some significant stages, from Greek antiquity to Roman republic and empire.

Full programme

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R.Nisbet, History of the Idea of Progress, New-York 1980.
E.R.Dodds, The Ancient Concept of Progress, Oxford 1973.
Further bibliography will be furnished during the lessons

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons and classes. Students will be encouraged to participate in classroom lessons through individual accounts and seminar.

Assessment methods and criteria

The final oral assessment aims to test:
1) proper reading and translation of Latin texts;
2) critical and interpretation skills along with the ability to produce personal reinterpretation and interdisciplinary links;
4) oral proficiency; correct use of language; ability to give proper answers to given questions.
Students will have to fully achieve assessment criteria and score a minimum of 60 percent or better to get a pass grade. The evaluation is on 30-point scale.

Other information

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