cod. 1011086

Academic year 2024/25
3° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Lingua e letteratura latina (L-FIL-LET/04)
Attività formative affini o integrative
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

The course aims to enable students to get basic knowledgment and under standing in Latin philology and textual criticism by reading Latin authors in their original language and in critical edition, providing at the same time a linguistic and stylistic commentary of the text. They will be able to apply their knowledgment and under standing for a first, self analysis of Latin texts, showing a good competence in translation, in gathering and interpreting data and in informing judgements about social and cultural context. They will be able to communicate clearly basic information and ideas about textual criticism, in order 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 preliminary exam, if students have already gained 18 credits in the same SDA (latin language and literature, LATI-01/A.

Course unit content

I. Institutional Part.

Latin philology: statute, history, development of the discipline.

II. Monographic Part:

exemplary passages for the reconstruction of the Latin texts will be treated

Full programme

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1. Leighton D. Reynolds-Nigel G. Wilson, "Copisti e Filologi. La tradizione dei classici dall’antichità ai tempi moderni", III ed., Padova, Antenore, 1987, oppure IV ed., riveduta e ampliata, Roma-Padova, Antenore, 2016, (Medioevo e umanesimo, 121), ISBN 978-88-8455-696-7;
2. Alfonso Traina-Giorgio Bernardi Perini, "Propedeutica al latino universitario", VI ed. riv. e aggiornata, a cura di Claudio Marangoni; rist. a cura di Alfonso Traina e Bruna Pieri, Bologna, Pàtron, 2007 (Testi e manuali per l'insegnamento universitario del latino, 9), ISBN 978-88-555-2454-4, chapter VIII: "La critica del testo".
3. Domestic reading:
Cicero, "De divinatione", book I, nella ed. Marco Tullio Cicerone, "Della divinazione", a cura di Sebastiano Timpanaro, Milano, Garzanti, 1988, and reprints (I grandi libri Garzanti, 360), ISBN 978-88-11-36360-6.

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 contact him.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consists of an interview covering syllabus topics. 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. The final oral exam is graded in thirtieths. The grade of the test will be communicated at the end of the test

Other information

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