Latin Philology - Cicero's Aratea: philological and exegetical problems

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The course requires a solid kwoledge of Latin language. The course can be attended by students of all years of study.


The Aratea, a poetic translation of the Phaenomena by the Hellenistic poet Aratus, is the most important and best preserved of Cicero's poetic works, the only one transmitted partly in direct form. The course will offer a reading of the poem, both in its fragmentary and directly preserved parts, addressing in particular problems of transmission, text and interpretation, but also looking at the relationship with the Greek original by Aratus.

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The educational goals of the course are: development of critical awareness about methods and instruments of Latin philology and their practical use; development of the critical capacity to present and discuss research contributions in the field of Latin philology; development of the capacity to present in an effective way the state of the art of a critical problem inherent to Latin philology, and to expose the results of one's research with precision and clarity, both in written and oral form.

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Bibliographic references will be supplied during the course.