The course objectives are:
(A) to enable students to improve their linguistic training in Latin language
(B) to cope with matters of textual criticism
(C) to get accustomed with the peculiarities of poetic language, especially with metre
(D) to improve their ability of critical approach to literary texts
(E) to recognize the generic peculiarities and exploit them as an intperpretation tool
(F) to estimate and exploit the broader contexts (such as historical environment and literary evolution) of a text as valuable intrpretation tools
(G) to come to grips with a substantial part of the history of Latin literature by acquiring basic knowledge for two major literary genres of Latin poetry.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The lesson concerns two major genres of Latin poetry, epic and drama. The students are familiarized with one of these genres, depending on the audience they belong to. There is an introductory presentation of both genres, concerning the main authors and works as also the evolution of each genre in Latin literature.
The most important part of the lesson focuses on a specific text, used as a case study for the application of various critical approaches. Although the language training and working on textual problems are still an essential part of the teaching, now the emphasis is shifted to the acquaintance with the poetic language (meter, style etc.), to the generic code and to interpretative issues.
For the 2013-14 acad. year the following texts are taught in two different groups alphabetically divided, according the statutes and ordinances of the Department:
Vergilius, Aineis (Th. Antoniadis)
Terence, Eunuchus (L. Tromaras)
For further information about the specific content and learning outcomes in each group see http://www.lit.auth.gr/en/node/1225