L-FIL-LET/04 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff

Office: Piazza Dante, 32 - 95124 Catania - Stanza 229
Phone: 0957102553
Office Hours: Martedì dalle 10:30 alle 12:00 - Mercoledì dalle 10:00 alle 11:30

Learning Objectives

Acquisition of a critical method for the prosodic metrical analysis of Latin archaic poetries and the interpretation of corruptions that occurred during the manuscript transmission with the assistance of Latin meter tools.

Course Structure


If the teaching is given in a mixed or remote mode, the necessary changes may be introduced with respect to what was previously stated, in order to comply with the program envisaged and reported in the Syllabus.

Detailed Course Content

Introduction to the Latin archaic prosody and meter.

Reading of selected texts from the Latin archaic theater, examined from the prosodic, metrical, historical and paleographic perspective.

Textbook Information

A) Basics (2 ECTS)

Methodological and theoretical basics of archaic Latin metre.


The knowledge of the following studies is required:


Detailed Studies (4 ECTS)

Metron and folium: metric and textual problems in the archaic Latin theatre.


Reading of classical texts:


Critical Essays

The knowledge of the following studies is required:


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For further information on sanctions and regulations concerning photocopying please refer to the regulations on copyright (Linee Guida sulla Gestione dei Diritti d’Autore) provided by AIDRO - Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno (the Italian Association on Copyright).

All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library. Specifc papers and sections of selected volumes, as well as lecture notes, will be made available for free consultation on the digital platform Studium.

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