LJ154 Medieval and Humanistic Latin II

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2024
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. Mgr. Petra Mutlová, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Dana Stehlíková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Petra Mutlová, M.A., Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies – Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies – Faculty of Arts
Mon 12:00–13:40 A24, except Mon 15. 4.
LJ153 Med. and Hum. Latin I
Successful completion of LJ153 Medieval and Humanistic Latin I
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 basic genres of medieval Latin literature and will become acquainted with the most important periods, authors and treatises of both European and Czech Latin literature of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period. Special emphasis will be put on the literary developments in the 13th century; on specific features of literary developments in Bohemia, and on renaissance and humanism period in medieval Czech Latin literature up until the oeuvre of J. A. Comenius.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course students will have a deeper understanding of the relation and continuity between the Ancient (Latin) and Medieval literary cultures and will be able to explain it in the overall cultural and historical context. They will be able to describe literary contours of the learned 13th century, they will understand the nature of the Renaissance humanism and will be able to outline specific literary development in the Czech milieu, including the humanism period up until the emerging baroque period.
  • Literature of the 13th century – main currents and selected authors of the intellectual life (Albert the Great, Thomas Aquinas, Jacques de Vitry, Thomas of Cantimpre, Bartholomeus Anglicus, Johannes de Garlandia, Roger Bacon, Bonaventure etc.).
  • Czech Latin medieval literature - hagiography and historiography.
  • Czech Latin medieval literature - specialized and edifying prose and poetry.
  • Characteristics of the so-called European Renaissance, its beginnings in individual European countries.
  • The most important authors of the European Latin literature (Petrarch, Boccaccio, Poggio Bracciolini, Lorenzo Valla, Conradus Celtis, Erasmus of Rotterdam, Phillip Melanchthon etc.).
  • The most important authors of the Czech Latin literature of humanistic period (Bohuslav Hasištejnský of Lobkovice, Řehoř Hrubý of Jelení, Augustin of Olomouc, Jan Campanus of Vodňany, Jan the Elder Hodějovský of Hodějov, Tadeáš Hájek of Hájek etc.).
  • J. A. Comenius – Latin oeuvre.
    required literature
  • NECHUTOVÁ, Jana and Dana STEHLÍKOVÁ. Stručné dějiny latinské literatury středověku. Edited by Jan Kalivoda. 1. vyd. Praha: Arista. 309 s. ISBN 9788073401450. 2013. info
  • NECHUTOVÁ, Jana. Latinská literatura českého středověku do roku 1400. Vydání první. Praha: Vyšehrad. 365 stran. ISBN 8070213051. 2000. info
  • HLOBIL, Ivo and Eduard PETRŮ. Humanismus a raná renesance na Moravě. Photo by Prokop Paul. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia. 274 s. ISBN 8020003851. 1992. info
  • MARTÍNEK, Jan. Martiniana : studie o latinském humanismu v českých zemích. Edited by Marta Vaculínová, Translated by Kateřina Millerová - Irena Zachov. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia. 501 s. ISBN 9788020023803. 2014. info
    recommended literature
  • Středověká latinská literatura (6.-15. století) : příručka. Edited by Claudio Leonardi. Vydání první. Praha: Academia. 502 stran. ISBN 9788020023872. 2014. 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
Study Materials
The course is taught once in two years.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2021, Spring 2023.
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