L-FIL-LET/15 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

Achievement of a general knowledge about Germanic languages and the history and traditions of Germanic peoples from the late antiquity to the Early Middle Ages; learning of the philological method for the interpretation and analysis of Germanic medieval texts.

Detailed Course Content

From Indoeuropean to Germanic: consonant and vowel phonetic change;

the reconstructed Germanic protolanguage: methods of historical-comparative linguistics;

Proto-Germanic and Common Germanic;

the Germanic languages;

essentials of Germanic morphology: strong and weak verbs; the preterite-present verbs;

the futhark and the runic writing system;

interpretation of runic inscription in the Elder Futhark;

culture and institutions of the Germanic peoples;

contacts with the non-Germanic world;

names of the days of the week;

Germanic and Nordic mythology;

the Conversion and the beginning of the written tradition;

reading of text passages from Beowulf, VĒ«luspá and the Gylfaginning by Snorri Sturluson.

Textbook Information


A booklet with texts and critical studies will be provided.

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