LJMedA06 Latin Literature of the Medieval Europe, 12th and 13th century

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2019
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Dana Stehlíková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Petra Mutlová, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Jana Nechutová, CSc. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Daniela Urbanová, Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Tue 10:00–11:40 VP
Thorough knowledge of Latin (in extend of the B. A. State Exam in Latin Language and Literature, the exam itself is not required).
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 the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The course offers a survey of Latin literary production of Europe in the High Middle Ages. It pursues the most popular genres of the 12th century and their transformations in relation to previous periods (especially in hagiography, historiography, secular and religious poetry) as well as the connections between Latin literature and the emerging vernacular production. Special emphasis is placed on the most important cultural centers in Europe and the phenomenon of the so-called humanism of the 12th century.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students will be able to explain the development of medieval Latin literature in the High Middle Ages; to name and arrange in a chronological order the main authors of medieval Latin prose and poetry; to describe their work and its importance; to interpret the most important writings of the 12th and 13th centuries.
  • 1) The most important genres of Latin literature in the 12th century (hagiography, historiography, secular and religious lyrics, scientific literature) and their significant authors
  • 2) Specific features of the literature in the 12th century
  • 3) Prominent centers of translation (Salerno and Toledo)
  • 4) Reception of Greek and Arabic scientific literature and their impact on the development of European science
  • 5) Relations between Latin literature and arising national literatures
  • 6) The so-called humanism of the 12th century
  • 7) 13th century - overview; encyclopaedias; high scholastic; poetics; rhetoric
    required literature
  • NECHUTOVÁ, Jana and Dana STEHLÍKOVÁ. Stručné dějiny latinské literatury středověku (Companion to the Medieval Latin Literature). 1. vyd. Praha: Arista - Baset, 2013. 312 pp. ISBN 978-80-86410-70-8. info
    recommended literature
  • BRUNHÖLZL, Franz. Geschichte der lateinischen Literatur des Mittelalters I. München: W. Fink, 1975. info
  • BRUNHÖLZL, Franz. Geschichte der lateinischen Literatur des Mittelalters II. München: W. Fink, 1992. info
  • CURTIUS, Ernst Robert. Evropská literatura a latinský středověk. Vyd. 1. Praha: Triáda, 1998. 738 s. ISBN 80-86138-07-0. info
  • MANITIUS, M. Geschichte der christlich-lateinischen Poesie bis zur Mitte des 8. Jahrhunderts. Stuttgart: Verlag der J.G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1891. info
  • Středověká latinská literatura (6.-15. století) : příručka. Edited by Claudio Leonardi. Vydání první. Praha: Academia, 2014. 502 stran. ISBN 9788020023872. info
  • KUŤÁTKOVÁ, Eva and Anežka VIDMANOVÁ. Slovník latinských spisovatelů. Vyd. 1. Praha: Odeon, 1984. 718 s. info
Teaching methods
Lecture, reading (translation), class discussion over the given subject.
Assessment methods
Regular attendance and active class participation (min. 75%); translation and interpretation of a selected text (20 min); oral exam (colloquium, 10 min) - students should prove their knowledge of the development of the main genres of medieval literature, the most important authors and important cultural centers of medieval Europe.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught once in two years.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2005, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2017.
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