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LATIN 401 A: Medieval Latin Literature to 1200

Meeting Time: 
TTh 12:30pm - 1:50pm
CMU 243
Stephen Hinds at town-line of Ovid, NY (Aug 2016)
Stephen E. Hinds

Syllabus Description:

Latin 401A    Spring 2018

Medieval Latin Literature to 1200

Prof. Stephen Hinds

3 credits; TTh 12:30-1:50;  CMU 243

SLN 15897

(Fulfils VLPA)


Title for Spring 2018:  ‘Medieval afterlives of Virgil and Ovid’

This Latin reading course will explore moments in the medieval reception and transformation of classical Latin poetry, especially Virgil and Ovid:  it will focus on continuity and change in poetic tradition, on transcodification between pagan and Christian, and on concentrations of literary community in the early to high middle ages (e.g. poets of the Carolingian court, ‘Goliardic’ poetry).  For students with a background in Classics the course can offer an introduction to medieval literary culture; for students with medieval or modern interests it can offer a practicum in the workings of the classical tradition.

Latin 401 is designed to be appropriate for students already in either second or third year Latin courses (Latin 305-7, 461-3); concurrent Spring enrollment in either Latin 307 or Latin 463 would be good options.  Equally, the course is designed to encourage graduate or undergraduate students in cognate fields, e.g. in medieval and renaissance studies, who have some background in Latin (recent or less recent), to reconnect.  It presupposes about a year and a half of college Latin (a year, perhaps, if you are a confident linguist), or a strong background in high school Latin.  Contact the instructor if unsure about your level: (reassurance:  I think of this course as a one-room schoolhouse).  Although a particular anthology of texts will be read, the instructor can offer some advice to enrolled students on any aspect of post-antique Latin (medieval or renaissance) relevant to their interests.

No prescribed textbook:  Latin texts and commentaries will be made available through electronic pdfs, xeroxes, and books on reserve in the Department of Classics Seminar Room in Denny Hall.

Latin reading load:  typically, 3-6 pp. of Latin per week.  Midterm, final, short exercises and assignments.  

N.B. The course is set at three credits to make it easier to combine with courses in the Classics Department’s regular Latin sequence, and with busy class schedules in other departments.  However, on request I can offer the option of two extra credits (of Latin 490), for extra work, to allow a total of five credits to be earned.


Catalog Description: 
Texts read in Latin; cultural and historical contexts discussed. Presupposes year and a half of Latin or equivalent. Informal individual guidance available to members of class handling medieval or Renaissance Latin texts in their research.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 17, 2018 - 9:12pm