Medieval Latin


Course Summary

Course Number: LNW 3490. General Education Requirement: HN. Class number: 15588. Credits: 03. Room: FLG 0285. Times: T 5-6 (= Tuesdays 11:45 am to 1:40 pm), R 6 (Thursdays 12:50 pm to 1:40 pm). LNW 3490 Medieval Latin is a course offered in the Department of Classics at University of Florida. Department contact: Mr. Ken Vandoren.

Course Description

The course is an introduction to Medieval Latin in its cultural and historical context for students who have completed at least two years of Classical Latin. Students will read in the original from a selection of texts illustrating important aspects of Medieval culture, history, literature, philosophy, religion, and language. The grammatical and lexical peculiarities of Medieval Latin will be discussed. The course will also involve a small practicum in codicology and palaeography intended to introduce students to the study of manuscripts.

Course Objectives

In this course students will become conversant with the basic aspects of Medieval Latin literature, language, and culture.  Our main focus will be the period from Late Antiquity to the Carolingian Renaissance, although authors and works from later times will also be considered.

Textbooks

K. Sidwell, Reading Medieval Latin (Cambridge University Press) = RML

Further reading (optional): 

  • Paleography and Codicology:
    • Bernhard Bischoff. Latin palaeography: antiquity and the MiddleAges (Cambridge 1991). Link to online book.
    • Michelle P. Brown. A guide to Western historical scripts from antiquity to 1600 (Toronto 1990).
    • Raymond Clemens and Timothy Graham. Introduction to manuscript studies (Ithaca NY 2007). 
  • Abbreviations
    • Adriano Cappelli. Dizionario delle abbreviazioni latine ed italiane (Milano 1912). Link to pdf (Italian). Link to pdf (English).
  • Punctuation
    • Malcom B. Parkes. Pause and Effect: An introduction to the history of punctuation in the West (Berkeley and Los Angeles 1993).
  • Lexica
    • Charles Du Fresne Du Cange. Glossarium mediæ et infimæ latinitatis (Niort 1883-1887), Link to online book.
    • Jan F. Niermeyer and C. van de Kieft, eds. Mediae Latinitatis lexicon minus (Leiden and Boston 2002). Link to online book.

Course Requirements and Grading

  • Exam I: 40%.
  • Exam II: 40%.
  • Class Performance: 20%.

Grading Rubric for Translations.

General information on current university policies for assigning grade points is available in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Attendance and General Course Policy

  • Attendance. Requirements for class attendance and make-up exams, assignments, and other work in this course are consistent with university policies that can be found in the online Undergraduate Catalog.
  • Class Etiquette. Students are strongly discouraged from leaving the class in the middle of a lecture. Those who need to do so must obtain the instructor’s permission at the beginning of class.
  • Makeup Examinations. Makeup exams are given only in extraordinary circumstances. Students who are unable to take exams at the appointed dates should notify the instructor’s assistants in advance.
  • Honor Code. Students in LNW 3490 are expected to comply with the Academic Honor Code of the University of Florida.

ADA Requirements

Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office. The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation to the Instructor when requesting accommodation. For information about services available to students with special needs, contact the Disability Resource Center.

Course Evaluations

Students are expected to provide feedback on the quality of instruction in this course based on 10 criteria. These evaluations are conducted online at https://evaluations.ufl.edu. Evaluations are typically open during the last two or three weeks of the semester, but students will be given specific times when they are open. Summary results of these assessments are available to students at https://evaluations.ufl.edu/results.”

Calendar

Session Date Topic RML Assignment  Link(s) to Mss.
01 JAN 08 ORIENTATION No assignment
02 JAN 10 _______________
03 JAN 15 Introduction to Medieval Latin No assignment
04 JAN 17 St. Benedict, Regula RML pp. 5-12: 1 a Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Clm 19408
05 JAN 22 St. Isidore, Regula

Cassiodorus, Institutiones

RML pp. 12-13: 1 b,

 

RML pp. 13-17: 2  i, iii 

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Clm 28118

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek Cod. Sang. 199

06 JAN 24 St. Benedict, Regula RML pp. 18-21:
1, i-iii
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Clm 19408
07 JAN 29 St. Benedict, Regula [continued]

St. Ambrose, Hymni

 

RML pp. 22-24: 3

 

Wil, Dominikan-erinnenkloster St. Katharina, M III 

08 JAN 31 Egeria, Peregrinatio RML pp. 24-28: 4
09 FEB 05 Egeria, Peregrinatio [continued] RML pp. 24-28: 4
10 FEB 07 TBA
11 FEB 12 St. Jerome, Epistulae RML pp. 48-56:
2 ii, iv
12 FEB 14 St. Jerome, Epistulae [continued] RML pp. 48-56:
2 ii, iv
13 FEB 19 Prudentius, Psychomachia RML pp. 57-65: 2 St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek Cod. Sang. 136
14 FEB 21 St. Columba, Altus Prosator RML 70-86: 1 B-E,
G, I-L, N, Q-Z
University College Dublin MS Franciscan A2

(Link to high res. image)

15 FEB 26 St. Columba, Altus Prosator
[continued]
RML 70-86: 1 B-E,
G, I-L, N, Q-Z
16 FEB 28 EXAM I, same time and place as class No assignment
00 MAR 05 SPRING BREAK No assignment
00 MAR 07 SPRING BREAK No assignment
17 MAR 12 St. Adomnan,Vita Columbae RML pp. 88-90:
3 i.
Schaffhausen, Stadtbibliothek, Gen. 1
18 MAR 14 Aldhelm, Aenigmata RML pp. 93-101:
1 b ii-iii
Einsiedeln, Stiftsbibliothek, Codex 302(450)

f.136v [=ii]
f. 141r [=iii]

19 MAR 19 TBA
20 MAR 21 Miracula Nyniae Episcopi RML pp. 108-111: 3
21 MAR 26 Epitaph of Agapius

 

St. Gregory of Tours, Historia Francorum

RML pp. 117: 1

 

RML pp. 120-121: ii

Lyon, Palais des Arts Arc. xvii: 147
22 MAR 28 Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim, Calimachus RML pp. 160-169: 4 Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Clm 14485
23 APR 02 Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim, Calimachus
[continued]
RML pp. 160-169: 4 Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Clm 14485
24 APR 04 Raymond of Aguilers, Historia Francorum qui ceperunt Jherusalem

Gesta Francorum et aliorum Hierosolimitanorum

RML pp. 226-228: 2

RML pp. 228-229: 3

 

Staatsbibliothek-Berlin Ms. lat. qu. 503

25 APR 09 Raymond of Aguilers, Historia Francorum qui ceperunt Jherusalem

Gesta Francorum et aliorum Hierosolimitanorum
[continued]

RML pp. 226-228: 2

RML pp. 228-229: 3

 

Staatsbibliothek-Berlin Ms. lat. qu. 503

26 APR 11 Ruodlieb RLM pp. 248-250: 2 Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Clm 19486
27 APR 16 Carmina Burana RLM pp.336-340: 2
i-iii
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Clm 4660

f. 80v [= i] 
f. 130v [=ii]
f. 110v [=iii]

 28 APR 18 Carmina Burana RLM pp.336-340: 2
i-iii
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Clm 4660

f. 80v [= i] 
f. 130v [=ii]
f. 110v [=iii]

 29  MAY 01 EXAM 2 (exam group 1E: 5:30 pm -7:30 pm, same place as class)