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 Semester 01

 ΦΦL01 Introduction to Latin language and literature

The aim of this course is to provide students with an overview of Latin literature from its beginnings until the 4th century AD. The various genres are treated in their development through time, along with the life and work of the most eminent exponents of each genre. This course also aims at expanding and deepening the students’ knowledge on Latin grammar and syntax, as well as at enriching their Latin vocabulary through the study of selected Latin prose passages. Particular emphasis is laid on the treatment of translation problems and on the familiarization of students with translation techniques both from Latin into Greek and vice versa. 

Semester 02

 ΦΦL02 Translation Theory and Practice

  • Theory of translation from Latin to Greek and vice versa, and practice exercises.
  • Morphology
  • Syntax
  • Linguistic Aspects
  • Prose Language exercises
  • Popular Texts and their translation
  • Classical and Medieval Latin language

Semester 03

ΦL03 – Latin Epic

Virgil, Aeneid. Introduction to Latin Epic Poetry of the Age of Augustus. Biographical information about the author and overview of his work. Discussion of the historical and, in particular, literary and cultural context of the Aeneid. Emphasis will be paid on questions concerning genre and intertextuality. Study and interpretation of selected passages (from the books I, II, III, IV, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII).

Semester 04

ΚΦL04- Roman Oratory

M.Tulli Ciceronis, Oratio in Catilinam prima. Introduction to the Age of Cicero. Introduction to Latin Rhetoric. Biographical information about Cicero and overview of his work. Historical and political context of the Catilinarian Speeches. Study and interpretation of the text.

ΜΦL04-ΓΦL04 Roman Oratory

This course will focus on Cicero’s First Speech against Catiline. We will explore the social and political background of the conspiracy as well as the rhetorical techniques employed by Cicero; we will discuss the way in which these are related to Cicero’s ultimate goal. Special emphasis will be placed upon the syntax and the grammar of the speech. At the same time, we will make a general introduction to the history of rhetoric in Ancient Rome.

Semester 05

ΦL05 Roman Lyric Poetry

Quintus Horatius Flaccus – Carmina

The aim of this course is to examine the genre of lyric poetry and its development in Greece and Rome with a particular focus on Horace. The life and work of Horace is discussed along with the historical, ideological and political milieu, in which he composed his work. Through the systematic analysis of selected Odes from Horace’s four books of Carmina several issues of literary technique, ideology, philosophy, style, language and metre are treated in detail.

Semester 06

ΦL11- Roman Novel

  • Apuleius, Metamorphoses, I,1 and XI (The Isis-Book)
  • 2nd cent. A.D. and Second Sophistic. Apuleius (Life, Background, Writings). Ancient Roman as a literary genre. The Metamorphoses (structure, intergeneric research, philosophical interpretation). Middle Platonism and Religious Syncretism.
  • The Prologue (Met. I. 1) and programmatic statements.
  • Book XI (translation, commentary).

Semester 07

ΦL13- Philosophy

During this course we will read selections from the didactic philosophical epic poem De rerum natura (c. 94-55 BC). The discussion will focus on Epicurus’ philosophical ideas that Lucretius transmits systematically into Latin for the very first time, as well as on Lucretius’ poetical intertexts. Special attention will be placed upon Lucretius’ poetical imagery and use of analogy. For the final exam advanced knowledge of grammar and syntax of the verses read in class is required.

ΦL10Latin Seminar

History of latin language. History of latin lexicography in Greece. Lexicographical methods, dictionary, collection and registration of entries, composition of dictionary entries, digitalization, electronic entries. Implementation of the methodology of designing a Latin Dictionary for the composition of research papers that would involve the analysis and categorization of vocabulary groups.

Semester 08

ΦL08 - Roman Comedy

Introduction to Roman theater and Roman Comedy (fabula palliata). Roman Comedy and Greek Comedy. Roman Comedy and the native Italian comic tradition. Plautus and Terence. The evolution of the comic genre from Aristophanes to Terence. Menander and Greek New Comedy, with detail study of Menander’s Samia. Close analysis of Plautus’ Miles Gloriosus, from literary, philological and dramaturgical perspective.