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Assigned to the Degree Course
Students will approach poems about the same topos of the descent to the underworld treated by different authors from different ages. Thanks to the analysis of a wide anthology of poems, students will learn how to recognize some of the recurring features of poetic Latin and will become aware of some of the key elements that made this language process develop.
The course will be focused on the topos of the descent to the underworld in Latin poetry, starting from the Virgilian Georgics and Aeneid, where the descent to Hades by Orpheus and Aeneas is described. Then the study will move on to Ovid, Lucan, Silius Italicus, Claudian and other authors who imitated or revised this model.
The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it
The course will host seminars about the reception of the descent to the underworld theme in modern and contemporary culture and metric tutorials about the dactylic hexameter.
Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment
Lectures and seminars.
- Course books
The main texts will be proposed in the following critical editions: P. Vergili Maronis, Opera, recognovit brevique adnotatione critica instruxit R. A. B. Mynors, Oxford 1969. P. Ovidii Nasonis, Metamorphoses, ed. W. S. Anderson, Leipzig 1988. Students will also study the following essay: C. Pascal, Credenze d'Oltretomba, Forlì (Victrix) 2006. Students are expected to know, at least theoretically, the dactylic hexameter; refer to S. Boldrini, La prosodia e la metrica dei Romani, Roma 1992.
Oral exam. Students must be able to translate and analyze all the texts studied during the classes.
Additional Information for Non-Attending Students
Students must attend at least 2/3 of the classes.
- Course books
Non-attending students must demonstrate the ability to translate the VI Book of the Aeneid by Vergil and the Captivi by Plautus (critical editions: P. Vergili Maronis, Opera, recognovit brevique adnotatione critica instruxit R.A.B. Mynors, Oxford 1969; T. Maccius Plautus, Captivi, ed. A. Torino, Sarsinae et Urbini 2013). Students will also study the following essay: C. Pascal, Credenze d'Oltretomba, Forlì (Victrix) 2006. Students are expected to know, at least theoretically, the dactylic hexameter; refer to S. Boldrini, La prosodia e la metrica dei Romani, Roma 1992.
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