L-LIN/01 - 6 CFU - 2° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

For those who have already studied the fundations of the discipline:

the course aims to make people reflect with historical awareness on the dynamics of the change and conservation of languages and provide concrete tools and methods of analysis. The reference to some case studies such as multilingualism in Sicily in medieval times will allow to introduce students into the research lab of the teacher and to show them a research in progress. The course also aims at providing the students with a first introduction to Indo-European linguistics, with special regard to Indo-Europeanization (the process of spread and proliferation of Indo-European languages and cultures) in prehistoric times.

Course Structure

Traditional and shared lessons and classroom application exercises.

Detailed Course Content

The course is divided into three modules:

  1. Linguistic change (2 ECTS).
  2. Linguistic change in Sicily (2 ECTS)
  3. The Indo-Europeanization of the European Continent (2 ECTS).

Textbook Information

1) 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.

2) 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.


3) 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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