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LATIN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

CODE 84424
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
CREDITS 6 credits during the 2nd year of 8453 Conservation of Cultural Heritage (L-1) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-FIL-LET/04
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION GENOVA (Conservation of Cultural Heritage)
SEMESTER 2° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

 Francesco Baratta, Statua di Enea (1726) - piazza Bandiera.

Ariadne, Aeneas, Perseus, Andromeda: Latin literature as a mythological and iconographic source

The course aims at providing students with an introduction to Roman literature, mythology  and culture.

The close reading of a selection of ancient texts, that will be read in Latin with an eye to their reception, will expose students to some main characters of Latin literature, who will provide an overview of the main literary genres and of myths that are relevant for ancient and modern figurative arts, such as Troy’s last night or the adventures of Perseus, or Ariadne.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims at providing students with an overall knowledge of Roman literature and culture. At the end of this course, students will be able to interpret literary Latin texts and to recognise the recurring motifs of Greco-Roman mythology and their reception in the European culture as well as in figurative arts.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • assess the peculiar features of the main themes of Roman literature by reading and interpreting the production of the major Roman authors against the cultural background of their time;
  • interpret literary Latin texts on the linguistic, semantic and stylistic level;
  • recognise the recurring motifs of Greco-Roman mythology in Latin literature and their reception in the European culture as well as in modern figurative arts.
  • identify the reception of themes of Latin literature in the modern European culture.

PREREQUISITES

The core of this course will be the reading, translation and interpretation of Latin texts. Therefore, a mandatory prerequisite is a very good knowledge of italian and intermediate skills in Latin language, as well as the ability of critically analyse the main structures of a text (both in Italian and Latin). Students with scarce (or no) skills in Latin are invited to attend the beginning and intermediate Latin courses.

TEACHING METHODS

The lectures will focus on the discussion and critical analysis of the texts in the reading list; attention will be paid to the literary and anthropological meaning of these texts, as well as to their reception. The didactic approach will be based on dialogue; active participation will be encouraged.

The lessons will be held in person, with the possibility for students to follow even at a distance (Teams code: 10at9of).

Participation in class is highly recommended; students are encouraged to sign up to the AulaWeb webpage of the course, where all material and information will be shared throughout the term.

 

 

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Ariadne, Aeneas, Perseus, Andromeda: Latin literature as a mythological and iconographic source

The course will focus on some of the most meaningful works of the golden age of Latin literature. These works outline a portrait of some major characters of classical myth, that will be followed through their reception in European literature and figurative arts (ancient archeology and the frescoes of Genoa’s Palazzi dei Rolli and Villa del Principe). The analysis will focus on Ariadne (Catullus, carmen 64); Troy’s last night (Virgil, Aeneid, book two); Perseus, Andromeda and Medusa (Ovid, Metamorphoses, book four). By comparing such literary elaborations with Hyginus’ brief mythographic stories, students will improve their skills in Latin language and translation.

All texts will be read in Latin. In addition to the reading list, students are required to study   the history of Latin literature (a list of the principal arguments will be given at the beginning of the course).

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

History of Latin literature - Recommended textbook

Gian Biagio Conte, Profilo storico della Letteratura Latina dalle origini alla tarda età imperiale, Le Monnier / Mondadori Education.

Latin grammar - Recommended textbook

Marco Fucecchi, Luca Graverini, La lingua latina. Fondamenti di morfologia e sintassi, Le Monnier / Mondadori Education.

Latin texts – Recommended translations:

Igino, Miti del mondo classico, a cura di Fabio Gasti, Rusconi, Sant’Arcangelo di Romagna 2017

Catullo, Poesie, a cura di Francesco Della Corte, Mondadori, Milano 1992 (Fondazione Lorenzo Valla) or Gaio Valerio Catullo, Le poesie, a cura di Alessandro Fo, Einaudi, Torino 2018

Virgilio, Eneide, vol. 1: Libri I-II, a cura di Ettore Paratore, Luca Canali, Mondadori, Milano 2012 (Fondazione Lorenzo Valla) or Virgilio, Eneide, a cura di M. Ramous, G.B. Conte, G.L. Baldo, Venezia, Marsilio, 2004

Ovidio, Metamorfosi, vol. 2: Libri III-IV, a cura di Alessandro Barchiesi, Richard John Tarrant, Ludovica Koch, Gianpiero Rosati, Mondadori, Milano 2007 (Fondazione Lorenzo Valla) or Ovidio, Le Metamorfosi, a cura di Gianpiero Rosati, Milano, Rizzoli 1994

non-attending students: further bibliography

G. Ieranò, Arianna. Storia di un mito, Roma, Carocci 2010

or

M. Lentano, Enea. L'ultimo dei Troiani il primo dei Romani, Salerno, Roma, 2020

or

Daniel Ogden, Perseus, Routledge, London 2008 (in English)

Further bibliography on specific aspects of the myths and their reception will be provided during the semester

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

ALICE BONANDINI (President)

LISA LONGONI

BIAGIO SANTORELLI (Substitute)

DILETTA VIGNOLA (Substitute)

LARA NICOLINI (President)

GIOVANNI ANDRISANI

BIAGIO SANTORELLI (Substitute)

LARA NICOLINI (President)

LISA LONGONI

ALICE BONANDINI (Substitute)

BIAGIO SANTORELLI (Substitute)

GIOVANNI TROVATO (Substitute)

LESSONS

LESSONS START

Lectures will start on the 15th of February.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

During the oral exam, students will be required:

  1. To answer questions on the major Roman authors and literary works and on the evolution of literary genres;
  2. to demonstrate their skills in Latin language and textual analysis by translating and commenting the listed texts;
  3. To discuss classical myths and their reception.

Reading list:

Troy’s last night

Virgil, Aeneid, Book II, vv. 1-56; 199-265; 515-603; 707-804 (students will read the second book of Virgil's Aeneid in its entirety, in translation).

Hyginus, fabulae 108

Perseus, Andromeda and Medusa

Ovid, Metamorphoses, Book IV, vv. 663-786

Hyginus, fabulae  64

Ariadne

Catullus, carmen 64,  vv. 50-254

Hyginus, fabulae 41, 42, 43

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The examination will be oral. Students will be required:

  1. to answer questions on the history of Latin literature, discussing the life and works of some of the major Latin authors or the evolution of a literary genre;
  2. To translate and analyse a passage of  Hyginus’ fabulae in its linguistic elements;
  3. to interpret a poetic passage from the course reading list (Catullus, Vergil, Ovid).
  4. To discuss the anthropological and literary meaning of one myth as well as its reception in literature and figurative arts; individual research projects are welcomed.

Grading scale:

30 cum laude - 28: The student is able to answer questions on history of Latin literature throughly and to translate and discuss accurately the suggested texts, outlining their linguistic features;

27 - 23: The student shows an overall knowledge of the history of the Latin literature and of the selected texts, with some flaws that do not prejudice their correct interpretation.

22 - 18: The student shows a partial understanding of the texts, their language and their literary context.

Fail: The student misinterprets the texts and is not able to answer questions of history of literature.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
16/12/2021 11:00 GENOVA orale Prof.ssa Nicolini Appello riservato agli iscritti 2020/21 o precedenti
21/01/2022 11:00 GENOVA orale Prof.ssa Nicolini Appello riservato agli iscritti 2020/21 o precedenti
11/02/2022 11:00 GENOVA orale Prof.ssa Nicolini Appello riservato agli iscritti 2020/21 o precedenti
10/05/2022 11:00 GENOVA orale Prof.ssa Nicolini Appello riservato agli iscritti 2020/21 o precedenti
25/05/2022 15:00 GENOVA orale Prof.ssa Bonandini
31/05/2022 11:00 GENOVA orale Prof.ssa Nicolini Appello riservato agli iscritti 2020/21 o precedenti
07/06/2022 08:30 GENOVA orale Prof.ssa Bonandini
28/06/2022 08:30 GENOVA orale Prof.ssa Bonandini
28/06/2022 11:00 GENOVA orale Prof.ssa Nicolini Appello riservato agli iscritti 2020/21 o precedenti
14/07/2022 11:00 GENOVA orale Prof.ssa Nicolini Appello riservato agli iscritti 2020/21 o precedenti
14/09/2022 15:00 GENOVA orale Prof.ssa Bonandini
16/09/2022 11:00 GENOVA orale Prof.ssa Nicolini Appello riservato agli iscritti 2020/21 o precedenti