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Medieval Latin

Code: 104204 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
2503702 Ancient Studies OT 4 2
The proposed teaching and assessment methodology that appear in the guide may be subject to changes as a result of the restrictions to face-to-face class attendance imposed by the health authorities.


Cándida Ferrero Hernández

Use of Languages

Principal working language:
catalan (cat)
Some groups entirely in English:
Some groups entirely in Catalan:
Some groups entirely in Spanish:


David Vazquez Ruiz


Basic knowledge of Latin Grammar

Objectives and Contextualisation

The main objective of the Medieval Latin subject is to provide elementary mechanisms for the reading and understanding of medieval Latin texts, as well as a general perspective of the textual production and its relevance to understand the long chronological stage of the medieval world. 

The training objectives, which are intended, are the following:

1) Acquire a cultural baggage that allows to distinguish the concept of medieval Latin in relation to classical Latin.

2) Value the new typology of texts offered by the medieval world and its transmission.

3) Read and comment on the selected texts that offer relevant examples of the historical and cultural event of the medieval space.

4) Know bibliographic, lexical, databases and digital resources.


  • Apply grammatical knowledge acquired in the analysis and comprehension of Latin and Greek texts.
  • Be able to express oneself orally and in writing in the specific language of history, archaeology and philology, both in one’s own languages and a third language.
  • Interpret texts written in Latin and Greek to understand the history and Classical civilisations.
  • Make a commentary on a literary texts applying knowledge of genres, metrics and stylistics.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the gist of a text without any need for a prior morpho-syntactic analysis or the use of a dictionary.
  2. Extract information from the Greek and Latin texts on aspects of realia especially related to their historical and cultural context.
  3. Identify in the Latin texts the characteristics of a particular literary genre.
  4. Preparing an oral and written discourse in the corresponding language in a proper and organized way.
  5. Write a stylistic commentary on a Latin text.


I. Language and culture

1. Medieval Latin: Definition and chronology

2. Modalities of Medieval Latin.

3. The Latin language of translation in the Middle Ages

4. The monasteries centers of culture

II. Literature

1. Characteristics, innovations and reinterpretations of the Classical Latin Tradition

2. Poetry

3. Literary prose

3.1. Hagiography

3.2. Sermons

3.3. Miracula collections

3.4. Chronicles

3.5. Itinerary

4. Scientific Prose

4.1. Treaties

4.2. Encyclopedias

4.3. The Religious Polemics


This subject offers a theoretical basis, but its methodology is mostly practical. The teacher will be responsible for: 1. Accompany the students in reading and commenting on the selection of texts proposed. 2. Provide students with philological complements that complete the comprehension of the text. 3. Correct mistakes in class work, individually or in groups. 2 3. Correct mistakes in class work, individually or in groups. 4. Provide tools for the study of the aspects related to the anterior and posterior tradition of the texts under study. In turn, students should be responsible for working on reading and commenting on the proposed texts and presenting them to class daily.

Regarding the supervised activities, the student must demonstrate the achievement of theoretical concepts and the skills acquired in the practice of reading the texts, through periodic deliveries of exercises and proposed comments. However, you must follow the tutorial in order to prepare a work that will be presented in class. Regarding the autonomous activities, it will be essential to search and manage the appropriate information based on the guidelines given to the classes and on-site consultations or through the Moddel classroom. There will also be a continuous work of the assigned texts in order to apply the knowledge acquired and become familiar with the instruments and the philological method.

All activities will be graded and the student must demonstrate: 1) Knowledge of the subject. 2) Ability to transfer the knowledge acquired. 3) Understanding the meaning of a text, similar to those worked in class. 4) Philological comment on the text.

Annotation: Within the schedule set by the centre or degree programme, 15 minutes of one class will be reserved for students to evaluate their lecturers and their courses or modules through questionnaires.


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Reading and textual analysis 40 1.6 5, 4, 1, 2, 3
Theory of the subject 40 1.6 5, 1, 2, 3
Type: Supervised      
Monographic work 25 1 5, 4, 2
Type: Autonomous      
Preparation of exercises and texts 20 0.8 5, 2, 3
Study and research on Medieval Latin 25 1 1, 2, 3


The evaluation of students will be based on the following evidences:

1. Resolution of exercises. Regularly, the student must resolve in writing brief exercises. (30%).

2. A course work, tutored that must defend orally and in writing (30%).

3. RWriting a theme of the course program, based on a text (40%).

To pass the subject must be credited a grade of at least 3,5  points, adding the four sections If the professors has three unique evidences of the student (exercises and tests)


In the event of a student committing any irregularity that may lead to a significant variation in the grade awarded to an assessment activity, the student will be given a zero for this activity, regardless of any disciplinary process that may take place. In the event of several irregularities in assessment activities of the same subject, the student will be given a zero as the final grade for this subject.

In the event that tests or exams cannot be taken onsite, they will be adapted to an online format made available through the UAB’s virtual tools (original weighting will be maintained). Homework, activities and class participation will be carried out through forums, wikis and/or discussion on Teams, etc. Lecturers will ensure that students are able to access these virtual tools, or will offer them feasible alternatives.


Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Activities, participation and discussion in the classroom 30% 0 0 4, 1, 2, 3
Monographic work 30% 0 0 5, 4, 2
Writing a topic of the course program, based on a text 40% 0 0 5, 4, 1, 2, 3



FONTAN, A-MOURE, A. (1987), Antologia del latin medieval, Madrid.

MARTINEZ GAZQUEZ, J. -FLORIO, R. - FERRERO, C.- GARELLI, M. - ZAÍNA, E. (2006), Antologia del latin cristiano y Medieval. Introducción y Textos. Bahía Blanca.


ALFONSI, L. (1972), La letteratura latina medievale, Florencia 1972.

BOURGAIN, P. (2005), Le latin medieval, Turnhout.

CHIESA, P. (2017), La letteratura latina del medioevo. Un profilo storico, Roma, Carocci Editore.

LEONARDI, C. (2002), Letteratura Latina Medievale (secoli VI-XV), Firenze.

McGUIRE, R.P. (1964), Introduction to Mediaeval Latin Studies, Washington, 1964.

MOHRMANN, CH., Etudes sur le latin des chretiens, Roma 1961-1977.

MOHRMANN, CH., Latin vulgaire, latin des chretiens, latin medieval, París 1956.

NORBERG, D. (1968), Manuel practique du latin medieval, París, 1968.

PALADINI, V., - DE MARCO, M. (1970), Lingua e tetteratura mediolatina, Bolonia.


AUERBACH, E. (1959), Lenguaje literario y publico en la baja Latinidad y en la Edad Media, Barcelona, 1969.

CURTIUS, E. (1976), Literatura europea y Edad Media Latina, México.

HEXTER R.J. - TOWEDSEND, D. (eds.) (2012), The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Latin Literature, Oxford -New York.

PAUL, J. (2003), Historia intelectual del occidente medieval, Madrid.

PAUL, J. (2003), Historia intelectual del occidente medieval, Madrid.

REYNOLDS, L. D.- WILSON, N. G. (1986), Copistas y filologos, Madrid (chap.3-4).

4. LANGUAGE CONTEXT (In addition to entries written in Manuals)

BASTARDAS, J. (1953), Particularidades sintacticas del latin medieval, Barcelona.


CAVALLO, G. - LEONARDI, C. - MENESTO , E. (1992-1998), Lo spazio letterario del Medioevo, Roma (5 vols.)

LEONARDI, C., Medievo Latino. Bolletino bibliografico della cultura europea dal secolo VI al XV, (1989-), Spoleto.

MANITIUS, M. (1911-1931 [1973]), Geschichte der lateinischen Literatur des Mittelalters, Munich.

MANTELLO, F.A.C.-RIGG, A.G. (1996), Medieval Latin. An Introduction and Bibliogrephical Guide. Washington.

BICORE: Diálogo Religioso y Controversias. Biblioteca Ibérica Digital:



BRAGA, G. (1987): "Le prefazioni alle traduzioni dall'arabo nella Spagna del XII secolo: la valle dell'Ebro", La diffusione delle scienze islamiche nel medio evo europeo, Roma, 323-353.

BURNETT, Ch.S.F. (1977), "A Group of Arabic-Latin Translators Working in Northern Spain in the Mid-12th Century", Journal of the R. Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, 62-108.

D'ALVERNY, M.-Th. (1982): "Translations and Translators", in BENSON, R.L. and CONSTABLE, G. (ed.) (1982): Renaissance and Renewal in the Twelfth Century, Cambridge-Massachusetts, Harvard Univ. Press, 421-462.

MARTÍNEZ GÁZQUEZ, J. (2016), The Attitude of the Medieval Latin Translators towards the Arabic Sciences, Firenze, SISMEL.

MARTÍNEZ GÁZQUEZ, J. (2003), "Las traducciones latinas medievales del Corán: Pedro el Venerable-Robert de Ketton, Marcos de Toledo y Juan de Segovia", Euphrosyne 31, 491- 503.

MILLAS VALLICROSA, J.M. (1931), Assaig de les idees fisiques i matematiques, Barcelona. 1.