cod. 1005907

Academic year 2023/24
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Lingua e letteratura latina (L-FIL-LET/04)
Lingue e letterature classiche
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
course unit

Integrated course unit module: LATIN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

Learning objectives

The course is primarily aimed at those who do not have the basic knowledge of Latin.
At the end of the course the students will have acquired the ability to translate and critically analyze the texts of the Latin literature, so as to begin to develop autonomy of judgment in their understanding and evaluation.

• Knowledge and understanding
Students will develop knowledge and comprehension competence in the field of latin language and literature at basic level.
• Applying knowledge and understanding
Students will be able to apply knowledge and comprehension skills useful for an initial reading of literary latin texts.
• Making judgements
Students will be able to collect and interpret data to determine autonomous judgements in the field of latin language and literature
• 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 information, ideas, problems and solutions about basic topics of latin language and literature.
• Learning skills
Thanks to the general scaffolding of the course students will develop learning skills useful to fulfil further studies in latin language and literature.


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Course unit content

Cicero's "Somnium Scipionis".
Translation of selected passages.

Full programme

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Classroom lectures:
Selected bibliography on the topic discussed will be provided during lessons.

Required Text Books:
A. Traina – G. Bernardi Perini, Propedeutica al latino universitario (with the exception of chapters VI, VIII, IX), Bologna Pàtron, 2007;
B. Morphology and Syntax (students will be free to select a Latin Grammar text book of their choice);
C. History of Latin Literature (students will be free to select a Latin Literature textbook of of their choice)

Teaching methods

The course consists of lectures on reading, translation and commentary of the texts, together with other activities of teaching assisted to consolidate the learning of the Latin language (morphology and syntax, phonology, prosody and metric).

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam is oral (interrogation) and is divided into a series of questions of 5 types:
The verification on the different parts of the program with the aim of ascertaining:
- verification of reading skills (verification of the metric reading of any poems) and translation of the proposed Latin texts.
- verification of the knowledge of grammar and basic Latin syntax and of the assigned chapters of the "Propedeutica al latino universitario"
- verification of the ability to analyze and critically interpret the text, to reprocess the contents and to operate interdisciplinary links.
- verification of the understanding of the fundamental lines of development of the Latin literature.
- verification of expository skills and language.
The five types contribute in equal measure to the determination of the final grade (in thirtieths); sufficiency in each of them is indispensable.
The vote of the question will be communicated immediately to the student.

A fail is determined by the lack of an understanding of the minimum content of the program, the inability to express oneself adequately, by a lack of autonomous preparation. A pass (18-23/30) is determined by the student’s possession of the minimum, fundamental contents, an adequate level of autonomous preparation and ability to solve problems related to information retrieval and the decoding of complex texts, as well as an acceptable level of ability in making independent judgments. Middle-range scores (24-27/30) are assigned to the student who produces evidence of a more than sufficient level (24-25/30) or good level (26-27/30) in the evaluation indicators listed above. Higher scores (from 28/30 to 30/30 cum laude) are awarded on the basis of the student’s demonstration of a very good or excellent level in the evaluation indicators listed above.

Other information

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