LJ251 Master's Interpretative Seminar I

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2023
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
doc. Mgr. Katarina Petrovićová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Katarina Petrovićová, Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies – Faculty of Arts
Thu 8:00–9:40 B2.43, except Thu 21. 9., except Thu 16. 11. ; and Thu 21. 9. 8:00–9:40 G31
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.
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Course objectives
The aim of the course is to present a complex language, literature and culture picture of particular author of the so called "post-classical" period of Roman literature. Apuleius, whose work represents the peak of Roman Second Sophistic, is introduced as a typical example. On the background, typical genres and characteristics of the above mentioned period are analyzed.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course students should be able to:
- translate selected passages of Apuleius' literary and scholoarly works;
- comment on these passages both linguistically and stylistically;
- discuss literary context of Apuleius' works;
- describe literary devices used in his works.
  • 1. Apuleius: priest, philosopher, orator or literate?
  • 2. Literary context of Apuleius' works: so-called Second Sophistics.
  • 3. Philosophical works: a) De Socrate et eius dogmate. De deo Socratis. Introduction.
  • 4. Philosophical works: b) De Socrate et eius dogmate. De deo Socratis. Textual analysis: linguistic devices (epitheta, grecisms, diminutives etc.), argumentation methods, stylistic and literary devices.
  • 5. Philosophical works: c) Platonician or sophist?
  • 6. Rhetorical-scholarly works: a) Pro se de magia, Florida. Introduction.
  • 7. Rhetorical-scholarly works: b) Pro se de magia, Florida. Textual analysis: linguistic devices (epitheta, grecisms, diminutives etc.), argumentation methods, stylistic and literary devices.
  • 8. Rhetorical-scholarly works: c) Talented scholar and orator or fallacious magician and seducer?
  • 9. Novelistic work: a) Metamorhoses sive Asinus aureus. Introduction.
  • 10. Novelistic work: b) Metamorhoses sive Asinus aureus. Textual analysis: linguistic devices (epitheta, grecisms, diminutives etc.), argumentation methods, stylistic and literary devices.
  • 11. Novelistic work: c) Mystery initiate or ironical critic? Autobiography or fiction?
  • 12. Novelistic work: d) Novel, fairy-tale, satire, parody: Influence of Metamorphoses in later literature (esp. Renaissance).
  • 13. Final synthesis: Apuleius: Sophist and Platonist, priest and ironic, orator and comic.
  • STEHLÍKOVÁ, Eva. Apuleius and Drama. Listy filologické. Praha: Academia, 2008, vol. 131, 3-4, p. 541-543. ISSN 0024-4457. info
  • BARTOŇKOVÁ, Daša. (ed., transl.) Gian Biagio Conte: Dějiny římské literatury. (Gian Biago Conte: History of Latin Literature.). 2., revid. a dopl. vydání. Praha: KLP - Koniasch Latin Press, 2008, 800 pp. sine. ISBN 978-80-86791-57-9. info
  • A companion to Latin literature. Edited by S. J. Harrison. 1st pub. in pbk. Malden: Blackwell Publishing, 2007, xviii, 450. ISBN 9781405161312. info
  • MAY, Regine. Apuleius and drama : the ass on stage. 1st pub. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006, xi, 379. ISBN 0199202923. info
  • Lectiones scrupulosae : essays on the text and interpretation of Apuleius' Metamorphoses in honour of Maaike Zimmerman. Edited by W. H. Keulen - Ruurd R. Nauta - Stelios Panayotakis. Groningen: Barkhuis, 2006, xv, 338. ISBN 9077922164. info
  • LEE, Benjamin Todd. Apuleius' Florida : a commentary. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2005, viii, 215. ISBN 3110177714. info
  • CONTE, Gian Biagio. Profilo storico della letteratura latina : dalle origini alla tarda età imperiale. 1. ed. Grassina (Firenze): Monnier Università, 2004, xxiii, 343. ISBN 8800860877. info
  • APULEIUS, Lucius. Opera quae supersunt. Edited by Rudolf Helm. Monachii: In aedibus K.G. Saur, 2001, viii, 301. ISBN 3598710550. info
  • BARTOŇKOVÁ, Dagmar. Řecký román I. Praha: Arista, 2001, 354 pp. Antická knihovna. ISBN 80-86410-10-2. info
  • BARTOŇKOVÁ, Dagmar. Letteratura prosimetrica e narrativa antica. In La letteratura di consumo nel mondo greco-latino, ed. O. Pecere, A. Stramaglia. Universita degli Studi di Cassino, 1996, p. 251-264. info
  • CONTE, Gian Biagio. Letteratura latina : manuale storico dalle origini alla fine dell'impero romano. Nuov. ed. Firenze: Le Monnier, 1992, viii, 711. ISBN 8800421563. info
  • APULEIUS, Lucius. Apologie, aneb, Vlastní obhajoba proti nařčení z čarodějnictví. Translated by Václav Bahník. Vyd. 1. Praha: Svoboda, 1989, 129 s. ISBN 8020500758. info
  • FEHLING, Detlev. Amor und Psyche :die Schöpfung des Apuleius und ihre Einwirkung auf das Märchen, eine Kritik der romantischen Märchentheorie. Mainz: Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, 1977. ISBN 3-515-02710-6. info
  • APULEIUS, Lucius. Zlatý osel. Translated by Václav Bahník. Ve Svobodě vyd. 1. Praha: Svoboda, 1974, 331 s. info
  • WALSCH, P. G. The Roman Novel. The Satyricon of Petronius and the Metamorphoses of Apuleius. Cambridge, 1970. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, reading, translation and commentary on text. Homework.
Assessment methods
Presence in the class (75%). Seminary work and presentation. Analysis of various samples of original text, final translation of a sample of one text.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught once in two years.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2021.
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