13275 - Latin Language (1)

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Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The skills that will be obtained by the end of the course: knowledge of phonetics, morphology and basic syntax; abliity to translate and carry out a literary analysis of the texts listed in the programme.

Course contents


The flight of Phaeton: Ovid, Metamorphoses, I 750-779; II 1-365. The incipit of the poem (met. I 1-4) will also be read. Part of the verses will be read in class; for the remaining part, didactic materials will be provided.

Latin Language: phonetics, morphology, vocabulary, syntax.

Lectures from Cornelius Nepos De viris illustribus (Praefatio and Vita Attici).

see Bibliography

Non-attending students are required to read M. Fruyt, Word-Formation in Classical Latin, in A companion to the Latin language, edited by James Clackson, Maiden (MA)-Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011 (= 2005), pp. 157-175 (available on Virtuale, among the teaching materials).

If you choose the course as a single exam or outside the choices in the course syllabus, please contact the lecturer BEFORE making your choice final.

Course start: Mon. 31 January


First semester: basic-level seminars (compulsory for OFA students).

Second semester:

Online classes on Cornelius Nepos De viris illustribus (Praefatio and Vita Attici), held by L. Galli, on Thursdays, from February 10 th, h. 17.00-18.30.

Online classes on Latin Basic Syntax, held by C. Valenzano, on Tuesdays, From February 8th. h.  13.00-14.30.

Virtual room (for both classes)


Texts: Ovidio, Metamorfosi. Libri 1-2, vol. 1, a cura di A. Barchiesi; testo critico di R. Tarrant; trad. di L. Koch, Milano, Fondazione Lorenzo Valla - Arnoldo Mondadori, 2011; as an alternative (only for translation into Italian) Publio Ovidio Nasone, Metamorfosi, a cura di P. Bernardini Marzolla, Torino, Einaudi, 1994.

I. Dionigi – E. Riganti – L. Morisi, Il latino, Bari, Laterza 2011, or Verba et res. Morfosintassi e lessico del latino, 2 voll., Bari, Laterza, 1999;

A. Traina – G. Bernardi Perini,Propedeutica al latino universitario, Bologna, Pàtron, 1995, capp. I-VI (on peculiar topics of phonetics, morphology, syntax).

As an alternative for English motherlanguage, Allen and Greenough's New Latin grammar, Ginn & Company, Boston-NY-Chicago, 1903 (both for syntax and morphology).


Cornelius Nepos, De viris illustribus: as for Praefatio and Vita Attici are concerned, a translation into Italian, with commentary on grammar will be available among the teaching material.


one critical reading to be chosen from the following list:

A. Barchiesi, Alessandro, Phaethon and the monsters, in Ph.R. Hardie, Paradox and the marvellous in Augustan literature and culture, Oxford-New York 2009, pp. 163-188.

A. Barchiesi, Introduzione, in Ovidio, Metamorfosi. Libri 1-2, vol. 1, a cura di A. Barchiesi; testo critico di R. Tarrant; trad. di L. Koch, Milano, Fondazione Lorenzo Valla - Arnoldo Mondadori, 2011, pp. CV-CLXI.

A. Barchiesi, Per una lettura delle Metamorfosi di Ovidio, in Citti, Pasetti, Pellacani, Metamorfosi tra scienza e letteratura, Firenze 2014, pp. 123-135.

A. Cartoux, Phoébus et Phaéthon dans les Métamorphoses: la mythologie ovidienne comme miroir du Prince inversé, Interférences, 11 (2018), 1-20.

F. Citti – L. Pasetti, Metamorfosi tra scienza e letteratura: temi e lessico, in Citti, Pasetti, Pellacani (cit.), pp. 1-23.

A. De Vivo, Arturo, Il volo di Fetonte da Ovidio a Seneca, Giornale Italiano di Filologia, 61.1-2 (2009), pp. 123-137.

- D. Nelis, Ovidio, Metamorfosi 1,416-451: nova monstra e foedera naturae, in Citti, Pasetti, Pellacani (cit.), pp. 101-122.


Teaching methods

Lecture is the teaching approach adopted for the special focus course;
interactive lessons are used in the seminars: here the students are more active participants to the learning process, which includes exercises and periodical tests.

Assessment methods

The assessment methods, in particular the written test, may modified if requested by the Covid emergency

The exam has two parts:

- a written multiple choice Latin test, performed on the computer, concerning morphology and elemets of syntax.

N.B. The written test is compulsory and must be overcome before the oral exam of Lingua Latina. A negative mark prevents from accessing to the viva voce examination. The test remains valid for 6 months. The test is passed with 18/30.
- A viva voce examination: the students will be tested in Latin phonetics, morphology and syntax through the reading and translation of the Latin texts dealt with in class and listed in the program.

- the exam can't be divided into parts.
Assessment guidelines:

- failing grades:lack of basic linguistic knowledge (phonetics, morphology, basic syntax) and inability to produce a correct translation and a correct interpretation of the texts.

- passing grades: proficiency in the basic linguistic skills; translation and interpretation of texts mostly correct, but inaccurate and lacking in 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.

Teaching tools

1. Online teaching materials (e.g. slides)
2. Seminars (cf. course content) aimed to the introduction to the bases of the Latin language (phonetics, morphology and syntax) and to the texts belonging to the program (Suetonius).
3. Latin Video lessons, available at https://virtuale.unibo.it/course/view.php?id=34645

Office hours

See the website of Lucia Pasetti