The main goal of the course is acquiring the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to read a wide range of post-classical Latin texts written between AD 400-1300 with comprehension, ease and enjoyment. This is a survey course in which we will attend to the changes in post-classical Latin grammar, syntax, and orthography by reading representative excerpts from a variety of authors and genres, mostly prose, but also some poetry. A prominent theme in the course will be the medieval reception of Vergil and Ovid. After properly situating the texts and their authors within their historical contexts, we will explore the European reception of Greco-Roman antiquity and the frequently surprising and even shocking ways in which the legacy of the ancient world lived on.
While this is not a course in palaeography, students will be exposed to the basic and most common orthographic conventions and abbreviations in the Latin texts of the surveyed period. Students will have the opportunity to explore their own interests within the framework of the course and to gain deeper familiarity with the texts and genres that they are most interested in.
Grading in the course will be based on class participation, short quizzes, midterm and a choice of a term paper/project or a final exam.
The course counts both toward a Latin major or minor and toward a major in Classical Languages and Literature. As a MEMS course, it also meets a requirement toward that major.
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