LJ153 Medieval and Humanistic Latin I

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2023
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
doc. Mgr. Dana Stehlíková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Dana Stehlíková, Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Mon 14:00–15:40 D32, except Mon 13. 11.
Prerequisites (in Czech)
PROGRAM ( N - LJ_ ) || PROGRAM ( N - LJU_ ) || PROGRAM ( N - LLS_ ) || LJBcSZk Bachelor's State Exam
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Students will be informed about the character and function of the Latin language in the Middle Ages and about specific features of the medieval Latin literature, including formal characteristics of poetry and prose. They will become acquainted with basic genres of medieval Latin literature and about the most important periods, authors and treatises of both European and Czech Latin literature of early and high Middle Ages. Special emphasis is put on the so-called medieval renaissance periods and their differences in comparison with the so-called European renaissance.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course studentis will be able todescribe basic language features of Medieval Latin and its differences from the classical norm, including the formal characteristics. They will be able to fully understand the relation and continuity between Ancient (Latin) and Medieval literary cultures in a wider cultural and historical context. They will grasp the essence and the significance of medieval literary returns to Classical Antiquity and will be able to describe the "map of literary genres" of medieval Latin literature.
  • Specific features of medieval Latin as a language phenomenon (morphology, syntax, vocabulary). Formal features of medieval Latin poetry and prose.
  • Periodization of medieval Latin literature, its specifics and the most important genres.
  • Basic literary tools and electronic resources for studying medieval Latin.
  • Bible.
  • Importance of the patristics for the development of medieval literature, influence of St. Augustine.
  • Early Middle Ages (Benedictine monasteries, Isidor of Sevilla, Bede the Venerable).
  • The so-called Carolingian Renaissance, its most importance representatives (Alcuin of York, Theodulf of Orleáns, Einhard).
  • The so-called Ottonian Renaissance and its most importance representatives (Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim, Gerbert of Aurillac, Luitprand of Cremona, Waltharius).
  • The so-called Renaissance of the 12th century and its comparison with previous medieval renaissance periods (Carmina Burana, Walter of Chatillon, Peter Alphonsi, Otto of Freising, Hildegard of Bingen, Peter Abelard etc.).
    required literature
  • NECHUTOVÁ, Jana. Středověká latina. 1. vyd. Praha: KLP-Koniasch Latin Press, 2002. 162 s. ISBN 8085917823. info
  • NECHUTOVÁ, Jana and Dana STEHLÍKOVÁ. Stručné dějiny latinské literatury středověku. Edited by Jan Kalivoda. 1. vyd. Praha: Arista, 2013. 309 s. ISBN 9788073401450. info
  • CURTIUS, Ernst Robert. Evropská literatura a latinský středověk. Vyd. 1. Praha: Triáda, 1998. 738 s. ISBN 80-86138-07-0. info
  • Sestra múza : světská poezie latinského středověku. Praha: Odeon, 1990. ISBN 8020701451. info
  • VIDMANOVÁ, Anežka. Laborintus :latinská literatura středověkých Čech. Vyd. 1. Praha: KLP-Koniasch Latin Press, 1994. 222 s. ISBN 80-901508-6-1. info
    recommended literature
  • Středověká latinská literatura (6.-15. století) : příručka. Edited by Claudio Leonardi. Vydání první. Praha: Academia, 2014. 502 stran. ISBN 9788020023872. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, seminar discussions, presentation of a selected literary treatise.
Assessment methods
Regular and active class participation. Written test aimed at testing student's insight into the topics discussed during lectures.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught once in two years.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2020, Autumn 2022.
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