Knowledge of the Latin language and the basic elements of philology and textual criticism, for an in-depth study of the characteristics, principles and methods applied to the analysis of works written in Latin between the Middle Ages and Humanism.
The same prerequisites are required for non-attending and workers students.
Mode of delivery of teaching: traditional.
Principles, features and methods of philology and textual criticism applied to the Latin works composed between the Middle Ages and Humanism.
Analysis of some texts that we have received in different redactions or in autograph and/or idiograph manuscripts, and analysis of the problems that they pose for the constitution of the text.
The course aims to:
- 1. illustrate the principles, the features and the methods of philology and textual criticism applied to the Latin works composed between the Middle Ages and Humanism;
- 2. pay a particular attention to the analysis of some texts, that we have received in different redactions or in autograph and/or idiograph manuscripts, and to the problems they pose for the constitution of the text;
- 3. provide an adequate and thorough preparation, able to develop independent judgment in the context of medieval and humanistic philology;
- 4. provide the theoretical and practical tools necessary to knowledge and understanding of the medieval Latin language.
1. Knowledge and understanding: The course aims to provide the tools necessary to knowledge and understanding of the main elements of philology and textual criticism, especially with regard to the specific characteristics of literary works written in Latin between the Middle Ages and Humanism.
2. Capacity of applying knowledge and understanding: through philological analysis and textual criticism of works written in Latin in the Middle Ages and Humanism, the course aims to transfer students the ability to apply the knowledge and the understanding gained in the interpretation of the aforementioned literary products.
3. Making judgments: Through philological analysis and textual criticism of the works taken into account, students will able to improve their own independent judgment, proving to know how to orient themselves in the reading of these works.
4. Communication skills: The illustration of the principles, the characteristics and the methods of philology and textual criticism applied to works composed in the Latin language between the Middle Ages and Humanism will be carried out in such a way as to allow students the acquisition of a technical language and an appropriate specialist terminology. The development of communication skills will also be stimulated through classroom discussion.
5. Learning ability: The learning skills will be stimulated not only through classroom discussion, aimed to verify the actual understanding of the topics, but also through the analysis of supplementary educational media (e. g., manuscripts, miniatures, specialized articles in magazine and further references), so as to encourage student interest in the subject and broaden their interpretation and application capabilities.
1) P. Chiesa, Elementi di critica testuale, Pàtron, Bologna 2002;
or alternatively: M. Bertè – M. Petoletti, La filologia medievale e umanistica, Il Mulino, Bologna 2017.
2) C. Leonardi, La filologia mediolatina, in La critica del testo mediolatino, Atti del Convegno (Firenze, 6-8 dicembre 1990), a cura di C. Leonardi, Centro Italiano di Studi sull’Alto Medioevo, Spoleto 1994, pp. 11-27.
3) E. Cecchini, La filologia mediolatina in Italia nel secolo XX, in La filologia medievale e umanistica greca e latina nel secolo XX, Atti del Convegno Internaz. (Roma, CNR - Univ. La Sapienza, 11-15 dicembre 1989), Roma 1993, vol. I, pp. 529-567.
4) V. Fera, La filologia umanistica in Italia nel secolo XX, in La filologia medievale e umanistica greca e latina nel secolo XX, Atti del Convegno Internaz. (Roma, CNR - Univ. La Sapienza, 11-15 dicembre 1989), Roma 1993, vol. I, pp. 239-273.
5) F. Sivo, Non solo un eroe: Achille allievo modello nella pedagogia di Rodolfo Tortario, in Eroi, dèi, condottieri. Varianti del mito in Europa, Atti del Convegno Internazionale (Foggia, 25-26 novembre 2019), a cura di G. M. Masselli – F. Sivo, Il Castello Edizioni, Campobasso-Foggia 2020 (“Echo”, 34), cds.
Literary extracts and other studies will be distributed during the lessons.
The examination method will focus on an oral interview, inherent in the teaching programme and will aim to verify the achievement of objectives and the expected learning results.
1. Features, principles and methods of philology and textual criticism applied to works written in Latin in medieval and humanistic age. Tradition and transmission; the recognition of the manuscript witnesses and the collation; recensio and constitutio textus; lectio difficilior, usus scribendi and loci paralleli; emendatio. Analysis of some texts transmitted in different redactions or in autograph and/or idiograph manuscripts = 4 CFU.
2. Achilles in the forth epistle of Rodulfus Tortarius (11th-12th centuries): philological and historical-literary analysis = 2 CFU.