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LNW3490 (x1710): Medieval Latin

Pagans and Christians in the Roman Empire

Monday-Wednesday-Friday 3rd period
MAT 09

Instructor: Dr. Eleni Bozia
Office: Dauer 135
Phone: 352 392 2075

Office Hours: Monday 4th -5th periods/ Friday 4th period (or by appointment)

Textbooks (hard copy and on-line)

  • Octavius by Minucius Felix (Bibliotheca scriptorum Graecorum et Romanorum Teubneriana) (Latin Edition) (Paperback), B. Kytzler (ed.), 1998 (required) ISBN-10: 3598715390 ISBN-13: 978-3598715396
  • Passio Sanctarum Perpetuae Et Felicitatis (Bryn Mawr Commentaries) (Latin Edition) (Paperback) J. W. Halporn (ed.), 1984 (required) ISBN-10: 0929524470 ISBN-13: 978-0929524474
  • Gildersleeve's Latin Grammar, (Dover Publications) B. L. Gildersleeve and G. Lodge, 2009 (recommended) ISBN-10: 0486469123 ISBN-13: 978-0486469126
  • Pliny, Letter to Trajan Link
  • Tertullian, De Spectaculis Link

  • On-line Sources

  • Tertullian's Text: Link
  • Texts of Early Church Fathers:Link
  • Lives of Saints: Link

  • Secondary Bibliography

  • Barraclough, G. The Christian World: a social and cultural history (New York, 1981)
  • Butler, A. Life of Saints (San Fansisco, 1985)
  • de Labriolle, P. History and the Literature of Christianity from Tertullian to Boethius (New York, 1968)
  • Dodds, E.R. Pagans and Christians in an Age of Anxiety (London, 1965)
  • Edwards, M.J. Goodman, M.D. and Price, S. Apologetics in the Roman Empire: Pagans, Jews, and Christians (New York, 1999)
  • Ferguson, E. Literature of the Early Church (New York, 1993)
  • Frend, W.H.C. The Rise of Christianity (New York, 1986)
  • Musurillo, H. The Acts of Christian Martyrs (Oxford, 1972)
  • Rankin, D. Tertullian and the Church (Cambridge & New York, 1995)
  • Turcan, M. De Spectaculis, commentaire (Paris, 1986)
  • Wilken, R.M. The Christians as the Romans saw them (New Haven, 1984)

  • Course Description

  • The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to this interesting period of history and literature, which Dodds (1965) rightfully describes as "an Age of Anxiety". Religion is an ethnic sibboleth for the Romans and, when Christianity emerges and claims a place in the 'pantheon' of religions, it is not welcomed. We will start examining the way Christianity appears to pagans through the writings of Pliny. We will continue with the works of the Latin Apologists, namely Tertullian and Minucius Felix, and try to explore their attempts to establish and define their doctrine. We will finish the semester with the "Life of Perpetua". While studying these works of literature, we will also focus on the improvement of grammatical and syntactical skills.
  • During our sessions, we will be going through the assigned for the day text. You will be responsible to have it translated before you come to class. We will be going over your homework together, translating, discussing the material, and answering questions on grammar, and syntax. Once a week one of you will have to make a short (2 paragraph) presentation in class on an aspect of the text we will be covering at the time. You may choose your area of interest for that assignment. You will also have weekly quizzes on the discussed material.

  • Course Requirements

    • Daily preparation of the assigned material is required and necessary. This will also help you succeed in your quizzes, and exams.
    • Quizzes on the material of the previous sessions.
    • Three exams (non-cumulative).
    • Every Friday one student will give a presentation on an aspect of the text (historical, literary, linguistic).

    Exam dates:
    Friday, February 26th
    Friday, April 2nd
    Wednseday, April 21st

    Late work/makeup work will not be accepted, unless
    appropriate documentation is provided.


    1. Your perfect attendance is expected. The university recognizes the right of the individual professor to make attendance mandatory. After due warning, professors can prohibit further attendance and subsequently assign a failing grade for excessive absences.
    2. There will be no make-up work except in extraordinary and documented cases.
    3. 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.
    4. The use of cellular devices during class is strictly prohibited.
    5. Academic Honesty is expected at all times. We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity. On all work submitted for credit by students at the university, the following pledge is either required or implied: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment."

    Minus grade scale: Frequently Asked Questions

    Attendance and Participation 10%
    Quizzes 45%
    Individual Presentation 5%
    3 Exams 30% non-cumulative(10% each)

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