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CODE 64883
ACADEMIC YEAR 2023/2024
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-FIL-LET/04
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 1° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

The course intends to introduce  students to an in-depth analysis at university level of history, themes and texts of Latin literature.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The Latin Literature course (I year), within the path of the Bachelor's Degree (laurea triennale), aims to make students acquire a good knowledge of the history of Latin literature from the Archaic Age up to the fifth century A.D through the direct reading of texts. Another aim is the knowledge of the great themes of Latin literature and the fundamental range of literary genres, with their formal and content features, together with the ability to move between one genre and another, applying appropriate interpretation techniques. Then, the ability to identify the elements of continuity and innovation of this literature compared to the Greek experience. Lastly, the ability to analyze the language texts proposed during the course and virtually any text in Latin.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The Latin literature course (I year) has the following objectives:

  • to give students a good knowledge of the history of Latin literature in its diachronic evolution from the archaic period to the 5th century AD by directly reading texts;
  • to give students knowledge of the themes of Latin literature and the fundamental range of literary genres with their formal characteristics and content; capacity to move between genres applying suitable interpretation techniques;
  • to give students knowledge and understanding of the evolution of the Latin language over about eight centuries of history (with particular attention to the awareness of various registers and levels of the language, the selection of which is tied naturally to the literary genre);
  • to give students the capacity to identify elements of continuity and innovation in Latin literature with respect to the great Greek experience that preceded it;
  • to give students understanding of and capacity to analyse the texts proposed during the course and, in general, any text in Latin;
  • mastery of Latin reading and consequently excellent knowledge of prosody and metrics.

To this end a text or a selection of texts in Latin will be commented. Other texts will be added which must be read independently by students. A part of the course will be devoted to the fundamental notions of prosody and metrics (hexameter and pentameter) and to practical exercises of metric reading.

PREREQUISITES

The lessons include the reading and translation of texts from Latin. A solid knowledge of the Latin language is therefore required, and non classicist students, who have not taken an access test in Latin, are required to pass a preparatory written test of First Level Translation from Latin (information about it must be requested from Prof. Lara Nicolini, who takes care of the test) or the passing (only for students registered starting from 2023/24), of the final test of the new 75-hour Latin Readership and 3 credits.

It should be remembered that to facilitate the preparation of solid grammatical foundations and for the preparation of the preparatory written test, a Lettorato for the recovery of OFA and a Lettorato of Advanced Translation lare activated between the first and second semester, the latter open to all students (see more details in the FURTHER INFORMATION field).

Those wishing to take this exam to acquire more than 12 ECTS must pass the Preliminary written test of Translation from Latin, second level, held periodically by Prof. Moretti (see the exam calendar under the heading 'Compitino': online registration is required).

TEACHING METHODS

The course will alternate lectures and practical metric reading exercises.

Attendance to the lessons, although not compulsory, is highly recommended.

Only those who attend lessons in presence will be deemed attending students.

The teacher, upon specific  e-mail request by single students, could allow them to attend  remotely to the recordings of the lessons via Teams.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The tragic conclusion of Charis' story  and a very dangerous journey: the eighth book of Apuleius' Metamorphoses

In the first part of the eighth book of the Metamorphoses the tragic and unexpected conclusion of the story of Charis and Tlepolemus is narrated, which overturns our expectations not only regarding the previous and apparently happy conclusion of their story, but which presents us the couple in front of a a new and negatively exemplary character, Thrasyllus, to whom the reactions of Tlepolemus first, and then of Charis, are different from how their characters had been represented in the first part of the story dedicated to them. In this second part of the couple's story, as we will see, the parallels both structural and in detail with Greek myths, short stories and tragedy are not accidental.

The first half of the book ends with the destruction of the house of Charis, and the second part of the adventures of the eighth book changes direction and tone decisively. Following the change of masters, the servants of the house flee, dragging with them our hero, Lucio transformed into a donkey, loaded with luggage. At this point Apuleius' account follows the escape of the slaves, which takes the form of a perilous journey through desolate territories, risky both when they are deserted and when our travelers encounter villages, and inhabited by real or imaginary presences of beasts and monsters, all always lethal. In the end Lucio is sold to some charlatan priests of the goddess Syria and continues with them a continuous wandering that once again makes him risk death. The odeporic structure of this second part of the book relates it to the analogous structure of many Greek love and adventure novels, but at the same time represents a unicum whose structure will be carefully analyzed during the course.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

9 credit program:

Monographic course:

1) Apuleio, Le Metamorfosi, a cura di Lara Nicolini, BUR 2005 (only l. VIII in the original Latin, but reading of the whole novel in Italian);

Non-attending students will replace the program with the reading of the text, Introduction and notes of Apuleio, Metamorfosi, vol. I (books I-II-III: only book I), edited by Luca Graverini and Lara Nicolini, Mondadori, Serie Lorenzo Valla (Beware: only this specific edition has an Introduction and commentary notes that can replace the monographic Course for non-attending students)

 

Complementary texts (preparation by the students):

2) Seneca, Medea (Seneca, Medea. Fedra, edited by Alfonso Traina and Giuseppe Gilberto Biondi, BUR, Milano 1989).

3) Cicero, De divinatione, book I (Cicero, Della divinazione, edited by Sebastiano Timpanaro, Garzanti 1988, with the important commentary notes).

4) Ovid, Heroides 4 (Phaedra to Hippolytus); 14 (Laodamia to Protesilaus): (Ovidio, Lettere di eroine, a cura di Gianpiero Rosati, BUR, Milano 1989).

5) History of Latin Literature: from its origins to the 5th century AD

A good textbook of literary history for the classical high school is recommended, and in particular the more complete versions of the textbook by G.B. Conte, Letteratura Latina. Manuale storico dalle origini alla fine dell'impero romano, Le Monnier, Firenze, pp. 650; or the most recent and updated two-volume version: Letteratura latina. Con espansione online. Dall'alta repubblica all'età di Augusto (Vol. 1) e Letteratura latina. Con espansione online. L' età imperiale (Vol. 2), always ed. Le Monnier (as a supplement for those who have not already studied the history of Latin literature in high school, we recommend the literary history with anthology of texts Storia e testi della Letteratura Latina, a cura di G.B. Conte ed E. Pianezzola, Le Monnier, Firenze).

6) For an indispensable development of historical-linguistic knowledge in the field of grammar, syntax and metrics, it is recommended to use:

A. Traina, G. Bernardi Perini, Propedeutica al latino Universitario, Bologna, Pàtron. 

The chapter of this volume relating to metrics can be usefully integrated or replaced with the chapter (of about twenty pages) by Sebastiano Timpanaro, Introduzione alla prosodia e alla metrica latina, which will be uploaded by the teacher on Aulaweb and then made available to students.

 

6 credit program:

Monographic course:

1) Apuleio, Le Metamorfosi, a cura di Lara Nicolini, BUR 2005 (only l. VIII in the original Latin, reading of the whole novel in Italian);

Non-attending students will integrate the program with the reading of the text, Introduction and notes of Apuleio, Metamorfosi, vol. I (books I-II-III: only book I), edited by Luca Graverini and Lara Nicolini, Mondadori, Serie Lorenzo Valla (Beware: only this specific edition has an Introduction and commentary notes that can replace the monographic Course for non-attending students)

Complementary texts (preparation by the students):

2) Seneca, Medea (Seneca, Medea. Fedra, edited by Alfonso Traina and Giuseppe Gilberto Biondi, BUR, Milano 1989).

3) Ovid, Heroides 4 (Phaedra to Hippolytus); 14 (Laodamia to Protesilaus): (Ovidio, Lettere di eroine, a cura di Gianpiero Rosati, BUR, Milano 1989).

4) History of Latin Literature: from its origins to the 5th century AD

A good textbook of literary history for the classical high school is recommended, and in particular the more complete versions of the textbook by G.B. Conte, Letteratura Latina. Manuale storico dalle origini alla fine dell'impero romano, Le Monnier, Firenze, pp. 650; or the most recent and updated two-volume version: Letteratura latina. Con espansione online. Dall'alta repubblica all'età di Augusto (Vol. 1) e Letteratura latina. Con espansione online. L' età imperiale (Vol. 2), always ed. Le Monnier (as a supplement for those who have not already studied the history of Latin literature in high school, we recommend the literary history with anthology of texts Storia e testi della Letteratura Latina, a cura di G.B. Conte ed E. Pianezzola, Le Monnier, Firenze).

5) For an indispensable development of historical-linguistic knowledge in the field of grammar, syntax and metrics, it is recommended to use:

A. Traina, G. Bernardi Perini, Propedeutica al latino Universitario, Bologna, Pàtron. 

The chapter of this volume relating to metrics can be usefully integrated or replaced with the chapter (of about twenty pages) by Sebastiano Timpanaro, Introduzione alla prosodia e alla metrica latina, which will be uploaded by the teacher on Aulaweb and then made available to students.

3 credit program:

Monographic course:

1) Apuleio, Le Metamorfosi, a cura di Lara Nicolini, BUR 2005 (only l. VIII in the original Latin, reading of the whole novel in Italian);

Non-attending students will integrate the program with the reading of the text, Introduction and notes of Apuleio, Metamorfosi, vol. I (books I-II-III: only book I), edited by Luca Graverini and Lara Nicolini, Mondadori, Serie Lorenzo Valla (Beware: only this specific edition has an Introduction and commentary notes that can replace the monographic Course for non-attending students)

Complementary texts (preparation by the students):

2) History of Latin Literature: from its origins to the 5th century AD

A good textbook of literary history for the classical high school is recommended, and in particular the more complete versions of the textbook by G.B. Conte, Letteratura Latina. Manuale storico dalle origini alla fine dell'impero romano, Le Monnier, Firenze, pp. 650; or the most recent and updated two-volume version: Letteratura latina. Con espansione online. Dall'alta repubblica all'età di Augusto (Vol. 1) e Letteratura latina. Con espansione online. L' età imperiale (Vol. 2), always ed. Le Monnier (as a supplement for those who have not already studied the history of Latin literature in high school, we recommend the literary history with anthology of texts Storia e testi della Letteratura Latina, a cura di G.B. Conte ed E. Pianezzola, Le Monnier, Firenze).

3) For an indispensable development of historical-linguistic knowledge in the field of grammar, syntax and metrics, it is recommended to use:

A. Traina, G. Bernardi Perini, Propedeutica al latino Universitario, Bologna, Pàtron. 

The chapter of this volume relating to metrics can be usefully integrated or replaced with the chapter (of about twenty pages) by Sebastiano Timpanaro, Introduzione alla prosodia e alla metrica latina, which will be uploaded by the teacher on Aulaweb and then made available to students.

STUDENTS WHO WANT TO ITERATE THE EXAM OR A PART OF THE EXAM, OR ACQUIRE A DIFFERENT NUMBER OF CREDITS, MUST AGREE A SPECIAL PROGRAM WITH THE TEACHER

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

GABRIELLA MORETTI (President)

DILETTA VIGNOLA

ALICE BONANDINI (Substitute)

LISA LONGONI (Substitute)

LARA NICOLINI (Substitute)

BIAGIO SANTORELLI (Substitute)

LESSONS

LESSONS START

Week starting September 18, 2023

Class schedule

The timetable for this course is available here: Portale EasyAcademy

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

The exam consists of an oral test.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The exam consists of an oral test: various questions on the different phases of the history of Latin Literature will be followed by an interview on the monographic course. The candidate will also be required to read and translate some passages from the texts in the program and to demonstrate mastery in the grammatical, linguistic and stylistic analysis of the passages in question.

The vote will be expressed in THIRTIES. The final grade will be determined by an average  obtained from the sum of the following factors:

-quality of exposure and ability to use an adequate Italian form: 4/30;

- historical-literary knowledge (e.g.  contextualization on a timeline, characters, knowledge of the plots and structure of the works, belonging of a text to a literary genre in the context of its history, intertextual comparisons): 10/30 ;

- reasoning skills, logical connections and use of the specialist vocabulary 2/30;

- reading, analysis and comprehension of the texts 14/30.

Note: During the course an active class attendance will contribute to the evaluation.

 

In order to allow an easier preparation and an in-depth study of the texts, the exam, if the student wishes, can be divided into two parts:

- 9 credit exam:

FIRST PART: points 1 (monographic course), 5 (Literary History) and 6 (Propaedeutic to University Latin );

SECOND PART: points 2, 3 and 4 (complementary texts).

 

- 6 credit exam:

FIRST PART: points 1 (monographic course) and 3 (Literary History); and 5 (Propaedeutic to University Latin );

SECOND PART: point 2 and 3 (complementary texts).

 

- 3 credit exam:

FIRST PART: point 2 (Literary History) and 3 (Propaedeutic to University Latin );

SECOND PART: point 1 (Monographic course)

Exam schedule

Data Ora Luogo Degree type Note
21/12/2023 10:30 GENOVA Orale l'esame si svolgerà nello studio della Prof.ssa Moretti (Via Balbi 4, III piano, stanza n. 5)
22/01/2024 10:30 GENOVA Orale l'esame si svolgerà nello studio della Prof.ssa Moretti (Via Balbi 4, III piano, stanza n. 5)
07/02/2024 10:30 GENOVA Orale l'esame si svolgerà nello studio della Prof.ssa Moretti (Via Balbi 4, III piano, stanza n. 5)
09/05/2024 10:30 GENOVA Orale Appello riservato ai laureandi della sessione estiva. L'esame si svolgerà nello studio della Prof.ssa Moretti (Via Balbi 4, III piano, stanza n. 5)
27/05/2024 10:30 GENOVA Orale l'esame si svolgerà nello studio della Prof.ssa Moretti (Via Balbi 4, III piano, stanza n. 5)
07/06/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale l'esame si svolgerà nello studio della Prof.ssa Moretti (Via Balbi 4, III piano, stanza n. 5)
19/06/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale l'esame si svolgerà nello studio della Prof.ssa Moretti (Via Balbi 4, III piano, stanza n. 5)
12/09/2024 10:30 GENOVA Orale l'esame si svolgerà nello studio della Prof.ssa Moretti (Via Balbi 4, III piano, stanza n. 5)

FURTHER INFORMATION

The course, held in the first semester of the 2023/24 academic year, will be held in person.

The following lecturers valid for classicist students will also be activated:

1) a Lettorato for the recovery of the OFA, held in the first semester, also useful, more generally, to fill some gaps, in particular of syntax

3) a 30-hour Advanced translation Lettorato, held in the second semester by Profs. Alice Bonandini and Lara Nicolini, highly recommended for classicists, and equally recommended also for all modernists interested in passing the Preliminary Test of Translation from Latin, of first and above all of second level.

All students are required to sign up for Aulaweb and Teams in time for the start of the course.