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Naziv predmeta

Cultural History of Latin (in English)

Broj nastavnih sati

30 (2/week)

Broj ECTS bodova


Razina studija




Ishodi učenja

After the course students will be able:

  • to place Latin into the genetic context of Indo-European languages

  • to list diachronic stages in the development of Latin

  • to recognise the main features of geographical and social varieties of Latin

  • to enumerate the earliest and the most important monuments of Latin
  • to explain the meaning of the Classical Latin as a privileged variety within Latin

  • to describe the dynamics of the use of Latin in various Medieval and Early Modern domains

  • to expound the cultural relevance of Latin in individual periods of its history

  • to compare sociolinguistic status of Latin with statuses of other languages that existed simultaneously with it

  • to account for the abandonment of Latin in the Early Modern Period

  • to evaluate the position of Latin in the present-day world

  • to find and to use the general literature and bibliographic aids for the research of the cultural history of Latin

Sažetak sadržaja predmeta s pregledom nastavnih jedinica

Students will learn about the development of Latin within its relevant contexts. Each lesson will include, apart from the theoretical framework, the analysis of an original work illustrating the subject matter being dealt with. Passages will be read and commented upon by students in advance.

  1. Introduction | Bibliographic and linguistic tools, basic literature (classes 1-2)

  2. Latin within Indo-European language family (classes 3-4)

  3. Bacis periodisation of the history of Latin; alternative periodisations (classes 5-6)

  4. Diatopic and diastratic varieties of Latin in the Antiquity (classes 7-8)
  5. The appearance of Latin as a written language | Archaic Latin | Classical Latin as a reference point for all later periods (classes 9-11)

  6. Christian Latin | Vulgar latin | 'Death' of Latin as a living language | Origin of Medieval Latin and Romance languages | Medieval renaissances of Latin (classes 12-14)

  7. Use of Latin in Medieval Church, science and literature (classes 15-16)

  8. Humanist Renaissance of Latin | Basic traits of Neo-Latin (classes 17-19)

  9. Neo-Latin Renaissance literature (classes 20-22)

  10. Latin and Early Modern science (classes 23-24)

  11. Abandoning of Latin from the 16th to the 20th c. (classes 25-26)

  12. Status of Latin today (philological, ecclesiastical and amateur use; technical vocabulary in the medicine, law and other areas; status in educational systems) (classes 27-28)

  13. The future of Latin | Conclusions and summarising (classes 29-30)

Oblici provođenja nastave

lecturing, individual tasks

Načini provjere znanja i polaganja ispita

During classes students will work over individual matters, with the help of the literature. They will write papers, which will be considered in the evaluation of their work. Final assessment will take place after the final written exam.

Popis literature s prijedlogom sadržaja radnog materijala

Basic literature:

  • Clackson, J. – G. Horrocks, The Blackwell History of the Latin Language, Malden–Oxford–Victoria: Blackwell Publishing, 2007.

  • Farrell, J. Latin Language and Latin Culture: From Ancient to Modern Times, Cambridge–New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001).

Recommended literature:

  • Adams, J. N. Bilingualism and the Latin Language, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

  • Axer, J. Latin as the Language of the Elites, Camoenae Hungaricae 2 (2005), 143-148.

  • Burnett, Ch. – N. Mann (eds.), Brittania Latina: Latin in the Culture of Great Britain from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century, London: The Warburg Institute–Turin: Nino Aragno Editore, 2005.

  • Janson, T., A Natural History of Latin, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.

  • Joseph, B. D. – R. E. Wallace, Socially determined variation in ancient Rome, Language Variation and Change 4 (1992), 105–19.

  • Licoppe, G. Le latin et le politique. Les avatars du latin à travers les âges, Bruxelles: Musée de la Maison d’Erasme, 2003.
  • Palmer, L. R. The Latin Language, London: Faber and Faber, 1954.

  • Stroh Wilfried, Latein als Weltsprache, in E. Stein-Hölkeskamp – K.-J. Hölkeskamp (eds.), Erinnerungsorte der Antike. Die römische Welt, München: C. H. Beck, 2006, 185-201.

Course material will consist of English translations of relevant original texts that are important for the history of Latin. These materialy will be taken over from integral translations, or translated into English by the teaching person.

Praćenje kvalitete i uspješnosti izvođenja predmeta

During classes, students will present their weekly assignments, which will show the level of knowledge and skills acquired by them. During the final class students will be given an opportunity to assess the course and to suggest improvements. Teaching staff will be able to see the classes and to evaluate them.

Životopis nastavnika na jeziku na kojem će se nastava izvoditi

Šime Demo was born in 1979. He graduated from the University of Zagreb (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) in 2002 (Latin and Greek), and he holds a Ph. D. degree in linguistics from the same faculty (2008). He worked at the Institute for History, Zagreb, as a junior researcher (2004–2010), and has been employed at the Center for Croatian Studies since 2010 as an Assistant Professor. Currently, he teaches Latin syntax and Croatian Neo-Latin literature. As of 2012, he has edited six books (all to do with Neo-Latin), spoken at a dozen of conferences, and published about 30 articles. He has been professionally trained in Rome, Szeged, Budapest, and Leuven. His main research interests include Latin syntax and pragmatics, ecclesiastical Latin, sociolinguistics of Neo-Latin, spoken Latin, and substandard Neo-Latin.

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