L-FIL-LET/06 - 6 CFU - 2° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

1) supporting a scientific approach to the works of ancient Christian authors through the study of the historical background and cultural heritage;

2) providing the basic tools for a philological approach to the ancient Christian texts, in order to interpret them with autonomous capacity of investigation;

3) understanding the process of cultural fusion between the classical heritage and new Christian content in the most representative authors;

4) encouraging the study of the problems on transmission of ancient Christian texts.

Course Structure

The course is based on the study, conducted with the methods of philological and literary research, of the works of ancient Christian literature. The course also includes exercises for the application of the main computing resources to the study of Christian literary sources. As supplementary activities, philological and exegetical seminars are provided for credits relating to "Other training activities".

Detailed Course Content

Particular attention is paid to the in-depth study on the Christian poets of the IV-VI centuries; to the ancient and modern translations of the Bible; to understanding of problems relating to tradition and to the edition of Christian texts; to the literary forms and genres; to the relationship between classical rhetoric and Biblical culture; to the exegetical terminology; to the analysis of symbolic language; to the hermeneutic practice based on the techniques of intertextuality; to the reception of themes and texts of ancient Christian literature in the later tradition.

Textbook Information

A) Principles of Patristic Philology (3 ECTS)


- M. R. Petringa (a cura di), La Bibbia e le sue versioni antiche e moderne, pp. 1-19 (the text will be provided by the teacher during the lessons).

- G. M. Vian, Bibliotheca divina. Filologia e storia dei testi cristiani, Roma, Carocci, 2001, pp. 15-147.

- P. Chiesa, Elementi di critica testuale, Bologna, Pàtron editore, 20122, pp. 11-144, 171-183.

B) Special contents (2 ECTS)

Reading, translation and philological linguistic and literary commentary of excerpts on the Christian poets of the IV-VI centuries. The texts will be provided by the teacher during the lessons.


- A. V. Nazzaro, Motivi e forme della poesia cristiana antica tra Scrittura e tradizione classica, in «Motivi e forme della poesia cristiana antica tra Scrittura e tradizione classica», XXXVI Incontro di studiosi dell’antichità cristiana (Roma, 3-5 maggio 2007), Roma, Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, 2008, pp. 9-56.

- M. R. Petringa, Il poema dell’Heptateuchos. Itinera philologica tra tardoantico e alto medioevo, (Biblioteca di Commentaria Classica, I), Catania, Litterae Press, 2016, pp. 19-125.


Critical readings (at least 4 critical readings should be chosen by the student among the following ones):

- M. R. Petringa, Le attestazioni del verbo clepto nel latino tardo e medievale, in «Latin Vulgaire Latin Tardif X», Actes du Xe colloque international sur le latin vulgaire et tardif (Bergamo, 5-9 septembre 2012), Édités par P. Molinelli, P. Cuzzolin et C. Fedriani, II (Sémantique, Lexique, Textes et Contextes), Bergamo, University Press, 2014, pp. 615-626.

- M. R. Petringa, Giovenco, Evangeliorum libri 4, 657-664, «Commen-taria Classica» 3, 2016, pp. 113-120.

- M. R. Petringa, Adamo ed Eva e il frutto proibito nel poema dell’Heptateuchos (gen. 64-90). Testo critico, traduzione e commento, «Commentaria Classica» 4, 2017, pp. 105-118.

- M. R. Petringa, A proposito di due passi della parafrasi del libro di Giosuè nel poema dell’Heptateuchos, «Paideia» 73, 2018, 1423-1427.

- M. R. Petringa, Il signum crucis nel De mortibus boum di Endelechio (vv. 97-132), in «Tenax memoria. In ricordo di Sandro Leanza», a cura di M. A. Barbàra e M. R. Petringa, «Commentaria Classica» 6, 2019 (supplemento), pp. 147-175.

- M. R. Petringa, Un problema testuale in Endelechio, «Commentaria Classica» 7, 2020 (Studi di filologia greca e latina In memoria di Antonio Vincenzo Nazzaro), 81-85.


C) Computer resources for the study of the ancient Christian authors (1 ECTS)

Multimedia presentation of the main computer resources for the study of ancient Christian literary texts.


Texts: at least 30 pages should be chosen from the following studies (the texts will be provided by the teacher during the lessons):

- M. Onorato, Sitografia ragionata di lingua e letteratura latina: «Bollettino di Studi Latini» 39, 2009, pp. 195-213; «Bollettino di Studi Latini» 40, 2010, pp. 98-168 (spec. pp. 160-168); «Bollettino di Studi Latini» 40, 2010, pp. 598-644 (spec. pp. 606-608, pp. 612-613).


Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied.

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.

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