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090048 VO Area of Roman Literature (Prose) (2018S)

"So many types of awful men": an informal and anecdotal introduction to character-types, personal pathology, and its remedies in Latin Literature

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 9 - Altertumswissenschaften

Details

Language: German

Examination dates

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 05.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Monday 19.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Monday 09.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Monday 16.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Monday 23.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Monday 30.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Monday 07.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Monday 14.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Monday 28.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Monday 04.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Monday 11.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Monday 18.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

This lecture course will be taught in English with Latin readings in the original language and (as needed) Greek readings in translation (English and/or German). I propose an historical as well as creative examination of problematic personalities and pathologies of character in Latin texts. Some of the types will be ones that were recognized as such in antiquity and thematized there (for example in Theophrastus' Characters). Others may be more conjectural attempts to work back from later phenotypes to possible ancient examples. All will be examined within a historical context (when possible) and in their literary generic habitats. Students will read some amusing and some dismaying descriptive and narrative literature that shows and tells in satire, anecdote, historiography, declamation, and the novel. They will also read more scholarly treatments of and attempts to explain and alleviate the pathological behavior drawn from philosophical and theological texts, including sermons. In some cases there may be occasion to use epistolary and physiognomic texts too.

Assessment and permitted materials

One final exam

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students will ideally have read the Latin pensum for the week as well as ancillary primary readings.

Examination topics

This lecture course will be taught in English with Latin readings in the original language and (as needed) Greek readings in translation (English and/or German). I propose an historical as well as creative examination of problematic personalities and pathologies of character in Latin texts. Some of the types will be ones that were recognized as such in antiquity and thematized there (for example in Theophrastus' Characters). Others may be more conjectural attempts to work back from later phenotypes to possible ancient examples. All will be examined within a historical context (when possible) and in their literary generic habitats. Students will read some amusing and some dismaying descriptive and narrative literature that shows and tells in satire, anecdote, historiography, declamation, and the novel. They will also read more scholarly treatments of and attempts to explain and alleviate the pathological behavior drawn from philosophical and theological texts, including sermons. In some cases there may be occasion to use epistolary and physiognomic texts too.

Students will be examined in a tri-partite exam, consisting of an essay, translations, and shorter identifications. Answers to the exam may be written in German or in English (or French or Italian).

Reading list

Each week will be dedicated to a different type, e.g. the Miser, the Superstitious Man, the Social Climber. Readings will be made available on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

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