Medieval Latin: Martyrs, Kings, Saints, and Lovers|
Spring 2009 not offered
In this introduction to Latin literature of late antiquity and the Middle Ages, we will read selections from a variety of texts from the 3rd to the 12th century: historical works, biographies, martyrdom accounts and saints' lives, dramas, letters, and lyrics of love, praise, humor, and satire. Topics discussed will include the development of the Latin language; figural and allegorical interpretation; medieval biography, hagiography, and historiography; the representation of the individual; and the theme of love in the Latin literature of the Middle Ages.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)
THE PASSION OF PERPETUA
Hrothsvitha, PAFNUTIUS, DULCITIUS
GREGORY OF TOUR
Einhard, LIFE OF CHARLEMAGNE
William Fitzstephen, LIFE OF THOMAS BECKET
selections of the poet, Venantius Fortunatus,
correspondence of ABELARD and HELOISE, the lyric and satirical poetry of the ARCHPOET, the CAMBRIDGE SONGS, and the CARMINA BURANA
|Examinations and Assignments: |
One take-home exam, one short paper, and one long paper, plus in-class discussion and reports. About 5 pages of Latin to prepare each week, and reading in secondary texts. Students will write a final paper on a medieval Latin text of their choosing, preferably one not studied in class, and will give an oral report on their chosen text in one of the last class periods.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students should normally have taken a 200 level Latin course or the equivalent. In doubtful cases consult the instructor. Regular attendance is expected.
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