cod. 1006902

Academic year 2022/23
2° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Lingua e letteratura latina (L-FIL-LET/04)
Ambito aggregato per crediti di sede
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

Knowledge and understanding: this course aims to provide students with a specific specialisation in the field of history of Latin language.
Applying knowledge and understanding: Students should be able to read and translate some passages,different from those analysed in class, and to apply to thema scientific methodology.
Making judgements: Students should be able to discuss linguistic problematics, possibly within an interdisciplinary context.
Communication skills: Pupils are requested to show the results of their independent research, using a tecnical language.
Learing skills: Latin literature helps to develop those learning skills necessary both for an increasing specialization and for the job market (particularly, teaching).


12 CFU in the “SSD” “Language and Latin Literature”. Those who already have 18 CFU in the same “SSD” are required to pass a preliminary written test.

Course unit content

I. Institutional Part

"Excursus" on the History of latin Language from VI Century B. C. to V Century A. D.

II. II. Monographic Part

On the late Latin. The “Peregrinatio Egeriae” (IV Century A. D.).
The text will be read and analyzed with a special focus on history of Latin language.

Full programme

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I. Institutional Part

Manuale: Friedrich Stolz, Albert Debrunner, Wolfgang Paul Schmid, “Storia della lingua latina”, traduzione di Carlo Benedikter, introduzione e note di Alfonso Traina, in appendice: La formazione della lingua letteraria latina di J. M. Tronskij, IV ed. riveduta e aggiornata a cura di Edoardo Vineis, Bologna, Pàtron, 1993, (Testi e manuali per l'insegnamento universitario del latino, 3), ISBN 9788855522533.
N. B.: the students who have to pass the second exam will replace the handbook with the following book: Alfredo Ghiselli, “Commento alla sintassi latina”, rist. con due saggi complementari, Bologna, Patron, 2012 (Edizioni e saggi universitari di filologia classica, 66), ISBN 978-88-555-3177-1.

Critical reading: Sebastiano Timpanaro, Per la storia di ilicet, «Rivista di Filologia e di Istruzione Classica» 91, 1963, pp. 323-327, the reprinted in Sebastiano Timpanaro, Contributi di filologia e di storia della lingua latina, Roma, Edizioni dell’Ateneo & Bizzarri, 1978 (Ricerche di storia della lingua latina, 13), pp. 17-38.

Domestic reading (compulsory one among the first two and the third):

Properzio, “Elegie”, book IV in the edition: Sesto Properzio, "Elegie", introduzione di Paolo Fedeli, traduzione di Luca Canali, commento di Riccardo Scarcia, Milano, Biblioteca universale Rizzoli, 1987, e successive ristampe (BUR. L, 602), ISBN 9788817166027;


Ovidio, “Tristia”, book I, in the edition: Publio Ovidio Nasone, “Tristia”, introduzione di Davide Giordano, traduzione di Renato Mazzanti, note e commenti di Mariella Bonvicini, III ed., Milano, Garzanti, 2005 (I grandi libri Garzanti, 449), ISBN 9788811364498.

Giovanni, Pascoli, “Thallusa”, in the edition: Giovanni Pascoli, “Thallusa”, introduzione, testo, traduzione e commento a cura di Alfonso Traina, Bologna, Pàtron, 1984 (Testi e manuali per l'insegnamento universitario del latino, 20), e successive edizioni.

II. Monographic Part

Critical edition: “Itinerarium Egeriae”, herausgegeben von Otto Prinz, 5. neubearbeitete und erweiterte Auflage, Heidelberg, Winter, 1960 (Sammlung vulgärlateinischer Texte).

Commentary: Einar Löfstedt, “Commento filologico alla Peregrinatio Aetheriae : ricerche sulla storia della lingua latina”, traduzione, note e appendice a cura di Paolo Pieroni, Bologna, Pàtron, 2007, (Testi e manuali per l'insegnamento universitario del latino. Nuova serie, 100), ISBN 978-88-555-2936-5.

Critical reading: Celestina Milani, "Studi sull''Itinerarium Egeriae'. L'aspetto classico della lingua di Egeria", in «Aevum» 43, 1969, pp. 381-452.

Teaching methods

The didactic activities will be conducted in the Socratic heuristic mode. Dialogic dialogue with the classroom will be privileged, also in order to bring out any foreknowledge on the topics in question by the students.

The slides used to support the lessons will be uploaded on a weekly basis on the Elly platform. To download the slides, the students need to register for the online course. The slides are considered an integral part of the teaching material. The Teacher reminds not attending students to check the teaching material available and the information provided by him on the Elly platform.

Assessment methods and criteria

Examination: The exam is oral and will touch upon each part of the programme. Students will be judged on:
- Comprehension of the general development of Latin language;
- Careful reading, translation and comment of the assigned texts;
- How pertinent answers given are;
- Ability of making an independent research;
- Clarity and precision of language.
- Analysis and interpretation of the text, reelaboration of contents, and interdisciplinary references.
Students will pass the exam only if they meet the first four criteria and answer correctly to at least 60% of the answers, in accordance with the other criteria. The final oral exam is graded in thirtieths. The grade of the test will be communicated at the end of the test.

Other information

Please contact the teacher to schedule a meeting: phone number +39.0521.90 6693; e-mail: simone.gibertini@unipr.it

LAST UPDATE: 24 May 2022, at 10.45 a. m.