cod. 1005162

Academic year 2019/20
2° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Lingua e letteratura latina (L-FIL-LET/04)
Filologia, linguistica e letteratura
Type of training activity
36 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

Knowledge and understanding
Students will develop knowledge and comprehension competence in the field of Latin philology and textual criticism thanks to the use of different sources (manuals, books and scientific articles, lectures, etc.) and by reading Latin authors in their original language and in critical editions, providing at the same time a linguistic and stylistic commentary of the text.
Applying knowledge and understanding
Students will be able to apply knowledge and comprehension skills useful for a first autonomous analysis of Latin texts, with good competence in translation, acquiring method and critical attitude useful for an initial training of a teacher, as well as for other professional profiles related to humanities and human resources.
Making judgements
Students will be able to collect and interpret data to determine autonomous judgements in the field of classical literature and history, including cross-cultural and interdisciplinary thinking on cultural and intercultural topics connected to the judgements expressed.
Communication skills
Thanks to the specific focus on communication competences, students will be able to convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to specialists and non-specialists.
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 to undertake further studies in classic subjects and also to begin with critical attitude a working activity


12 CFU in the subject area of Latin Language and Litterature are required. Pass a second preliminary written exam ("prova scritta latino 2"), if students have already gained 18 credits in the same SDA (latin language and literature, L-FIL-LET/04).

Course unit content

The course consists of two parts. The so called institutional part deals with a short history of Latin philology and the principles of textual criticism.
Monographic section: Ridentem dicere verum: forms and purposes of Horace's satires

Full programme

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Institutional part: L.D. Reynolds, N.G. Wilson, Copisti e Filologi. La tradizione dei classici dall’antichità ai tempi moderni, Padova 19873.
Monographic section:
• La Penna, Orazio e la morale mondana europea, in "Saggi e studi su Orazio”, Firenze 1993 (soprattutto la parte relativa alle satire).
• A. La Penna, Orazio. Le opere. Antologia, La Nuova Italia ultima ed.
• P. Lejay, Oeuvres d’Horace. Satires. Paris 1911.
Further bibliography will be furnished during the lessons

Teaching methods

frontal lessons and classes

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consists of an oral interview covering syllabus topics and criteria . The evaluation is on 30-point scale. Students will show their basic competence in translating the authors proposed during frontal lessons and in reading critical text and critical apparatus of these authors; in giving a basic account of the history of Latin philology. . Students will be assessed on: written and oral proficiency; language property; working out contents; ability to make inter-disciplinary connections; proper use of specialist language; ability to give proper answers to given questions. Students will have to score a minimum of 60 percent or better of the given questions to get a pass grade.

Other information

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