LJ301 Roman Literature of the Republic: from Livius Andronicus to Cicero

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2021
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Taught in person.
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
Wed 8:00–9:40 A24
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
The course offers introduction into the Roman Literature. It discusses the Roman literary history from its beginnings to the end of the Roman republic.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course students:
- can distinguish relevant genres of Roman literature in particular periods;
- can name and characterize the prominent figures of the genres in question and their works;
- are informed about the relevant secondary literature.
  • 1. Introduction into the history of the Roman literature; basic concepts.
  • 2. Epic poetry of the Archaic Period (Livius Andronicus, Naevius, Ennius).
  • 3. Drama of the Archaic Period (Livius Andronicus, Naevius, Ennius, Pacuvius, Accius, Plautus, Terentius).
  • 4. Non-pragmatic historiography of the Archaic Period.
  • 5. Roman rhetoric and oratory before Cicero.
  • 6. Roman satire: beginnings, Lucilius.
  • 7. Neoteric school of Roman poetry and its predecessors.
  • 8. Catullus.
  • 9. Cicero, rhetor and orator.
  • 10. Roman philosophical prose and epos (Cicero, Lucretius).
  • 11. Roman scholarly prose (Cato, Varro).
  • 12. Non-pragmatic and Pragmatic historiography of Ciceronian period.
  • 13. Remaining genres (např. Menippean satira, attellana, mime).
    required literature
  • BARTOŇKOVÁ, Dagmar. (ed., transl.) Gian Biagio Conte: Dějiny římské literatury (Gian Biagio Conte: History of Roman Literature). 1st ed. Praha: KLP - Koniash Latin Press, 2003. 790 pp. sine. ISBN 80-85917-87-4. info
  • STIEBITZ, Ferdinand. Stručné dějiny římské literatury [Stiebitz, 1991]. Brno: Rektorát Masarykovy univerzity, 1991. ISBN 80-210-0267-0. info
    recommended literature
  • The Cambridge History of Classical Literature. General ed. Patricia E. Easterling. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982. info
  • ALBRECHT, Michael von. Meister römischer Prosa : von Cato bis Apuleius : Interpretationen. 3., erg. Aufl. Tübingen: Francke Verlag, 1995. 259 s. ISBN 3-8252-1844-9. info
  • VON ALBRECHT, H. Lateinische Literatur. 1983. info
  • STIEBITZ, Ferdinand. Stručné dějiny řecké literatury. 1. vyd. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1967. 247 s., př. info
    not specified
  • ALBRECHT, Michael von. Geschichte der römischen Literatur von Andronicus bis Boëthius : mit Berücksichtigung ihrer Bedeutung für die Neuzeit. Bd. 1 [Albrecht, 1997]. 2., bearb. Aufl. München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag, 1997. xviii, 704. ISBN 3-598-11198-3. info
  • FEDELI, Paolo. Letteratura latina: civilta letteraria e vita sociale in Roma antica. Napoli: Il tripode, 1993. 491 pp. info
Teaching methods
Lectures - 2 hours per week, maximal absence 30%. Homework - reading discussed texts translated into the Czech language (if available).
Assessment methods
Written examination consisting of series of questions focusing on the basic works of the selected authors of Roman Republican Literature. The student’s ability to characterize and analyze the particular Roman work will be prooved too.
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020.
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