13275 - Latin Language (1) (D-L)

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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


Anomalous passions: the stories of Pygmalion and Myrra in Ovid, Metamorphoses, X 220-524. Part of the verses will be read out in class, for the remaining part, linguistic materials will be provided. The incipit of the poem (met. I 1-4) will also be read.

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: 30/01/2023


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

Second semester:

Cornelius Nepos De viris illustribus (Praefatio and Vita Attici): prof. L. Galli, on Thursdays, 17.00-18.30 (from 9th February), on Teams

Latin Basic Syntax: dott. S. Martino, on Tuesdays, 13.00-14.30 (from 7th February), on Teams

the virtual classroom for both seminars can be accessed here 


Texts: Ovidio, Metamorfosi. Libri 10-12, a cura di J. D. Reed, Milano, Fondazione Lorenzo Valla-A. Mondadori, 2005 (rist. 2011), pp. 22-44 (text and Italian translation) e pp. 217-225 (commentary).

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

F.R. Berno, Edipo e Mirra fra la terra e il cielo: colpa e punizione nell'« Oedipus » di Seneca e nel mito ovidiano di Mirra, in «Novom aliquid inventum»: scritti sul teatro antico per Gianna Petrone, a cura di M. M.Bianco, A. Casamento, Palermo 2018, pp. 77-97.

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.

G. Maselli, Amore indicibile: uso e riuso di un modulo narrativo in Euripide, Ovidio e Alfieri, Aufidus , 14.42 (2000) 85-108.

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

G. Rosati, Narciso e Pigmalione. Illusione e spettacolo nelle Metamorfosi, Firenze 1983, 51-93.

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