13275 - Latin Language (1) (A-C)

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  • Teacher Daniele Pellacani

  • Credits 6

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Humanities (cod. 8850)

  • Course Timetable from Jan 31, 2023 to Mar 09, 2023

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

Knowledge to be obtained by the end of the course 1) the student knows elements of phonetics of the Latin language 2) he knows morphology, syntax and basic vocabulary of the Latin language 3) he knows some basic elements of the history of the Latin language aimed to provide a full understanding of the main morphological structures. Skills to be obtained by the end of the course: 1) the student can pronounce the Latin language correctly 2) he can recognize and describe the main morphosyntatic structures 3) he can decline nouns, pronouns, adjectives and conjugate verbs correctly 4) he can translate and analyze previously seen texts.

Course contents


Astral metamorphosis: the catasterism of Callisto (Met. II 340-380; 401-531) and Caesar (Met. XII 745-879). The incipit of the poem (met. I 1-4) will also be read.

Latin Language: phonetics, morphology, vocabulary, syntax.

Reading of Cornelius Nepos, De viris illustribus (Praefatio and Vita Attici).

See Bibliography

Non-attending students are required to study 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 teacher BEFORE making your choice final.

The course will start on 30/01/2023.


First semester

- Basic-level seminars (mandatory for OFA students).

Second semester

- Online classes on Cornelius Nepos De viris illustribus (Praefatio and Vita Attici): further information and timetable will be communicated before the start of the course.

- Online classes on Basic Latin Syntax: further information and timetable will be communicated before the start of the course.



Texts: Ovidio, Metamorfosi. Libri 1-2, a cura di A. Barchiesi, Milano, Fondazione Lorenzo Valla-A. Mondadori, 2005; Ovidio, Metamorfosi. Libri 10-12, a cura di J. D. Reed, Milano, Fondazione Lorenzo Valla-A. Mondadori, 2005 (rist. 2011).


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 aspects of phonetics, morphology and syntax).

As an alternative for English students, 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.


Students must study one critical essay chosen from the following (other essays will be added later):

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

F. Citti – L. Pasetti, Metamorfosi tra scienza e letteratura: temi e lessico, in Citti, Pasetti, Pellacani, Citti, Pasetti, Pellacani, Metamorfosi tra scienza e letteratura, Firenze 2014, pp. 1-23.

Teaching methods

For the special focus course, lectures by the teacher with reading, morphological and syntactical analysis and commentary on the text.
For seminars, interactive lessons with exercising and tests for the students.

Assessment methods

The exam consists of two parts:

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

IMPORTANT: The written test is mandatory and must be passed before the oral exam of Lingua Latina. A negative mark prevents from accessing to the viva voce examination. The validity of the test is 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 programme.

- The exam cannot 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 (see course content) introducing to the bases of the Latin language (phonetics, morphology and syntax) and to the texts that are part of the programme.
3. Video-lessons of Latin: https://virtuale.unibo.it/course/view.php?id=34645

Office hours

See the website of Daniele Pellacani