30371 - History of the Latin Language (1) (LM)

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

Upon a successful completion of the course the student knows the main periods in the evolution of  Latin, and some links  with the other languages of ancient Italy, (e.g. Greek, Etruscan, Umbrian).

Course contents

    Please note that the integrated course of Grammar and History of  Latin Language (12 ects) will start with the course of History of the Latin Language, held by Bruna Pieri; classes will start on the 24th of September 2018. The Latin Grammar course, held by Daniele Pellacani, will start as soon as History of the Latin Language's classes are over.
I. Classes
  • Elements of History of Latin Language (from P.I.E. to late and vulgar Latin); elements of historical phonetics, morphology and syntax (this section of the course will be lasting three weeks)
  • Confiteor tibi in litteris: Readings from Augustine's Confessions (this section of the course will be lasting two weeks)

II. Individual work

  • Juvenal, Satire 14
  • Elements of History of the Latin language
Please remind that:

Students of  Master Degree "Filologia, Letteratura e Tradizione Classica" are supposed to prepare the following chapters of Palmer's handbook: I, IV, V, VIII, IX e X

Students of Master Degree "Archeologia e Culture del Mondo Antico" are supposed to prepare the following chapters of Palmer's handbook:I, II, III; VIII, IX e X

Students of Master Degree "Italianistica, Culture Letterarie Europee e Scienze Linguistiche" are supposed to prepare the following chapters of Palmer's handbook: I, VI, VIII, IX e X


Students not joining classes are supposed to prepare a different Latin text that must be chosen by an agreement with the teacher

Readings/Bibliography

  • Latin  texts will be delivered during class
  • The study of  L.R. Palmer, The Latin language, London, Faber and Faber, 1961  is compulsory . The reading of  J. Clackson-G. Horrocks, The Blackwell History of the Latin Language, Malden (MA) 2007  is just recommended (but will not be dealt with during the final examination).
  • Giovenale, Satira XIV, a c. di F. Zullo, Bologna (BUP) 2016.

Teaching methods

Lectures in class. Please notice that the first part of the programm will be done during class, while students will be charged to the second one (i.e. translating a text from Latin into Italian;  studying the handbook of History of the Latin Language); Erasmus students are allowed to translate into English or French or German or Spanish as well. 

Assessment methods

Students attending the integrated course of Grammar and History of Latin Language will be awarded an average final mark based on the assessments  of each module.

The following assessment methods deal only with the module of History of Latin Language

Viva voce examination (30 min.), which , through reading and translating from the Latin texts dealt with in class and listed in the program, will test  the ability of understanding and translating the studied texts and  the main aspects  (phonetics, morphology and syntax) of the history of  Latin language.

assessment guidelines:
failing grades: lack of basic linguistic knowledge and inability to produce a correct translation and interpretation of th text.

passing grades: language proficiency at an intermediate level; translation and interpretation of the texts mostly correct, but inaccurate and lacking autonomy

positive grades: language proficiency at an intermediate level; translation and interpretation of the texts fully correct, but not always accurate and autonomous.

excellent grades: language proficiency at an upper-mid level; translation and interpretation of the texts not only correct, but performed with autonomy and precision

Erasmus students are allowed to attend the exam - as far as translation from Latin is concerned - in English, French, German or Spanish.

Teaching tools


Online teaching materials: slides of the lessons on history of the Latin language and pdf files of texts and bibliography will be uploaded to the website of the course at the link "Materiali didattici".

Links to further information

http://www.unibo.it/SitoWebDocente/default.aspx?UPN=bruna.pieri%40unibo.it&View=Link

Office hours

See the website of Bruna Pieri