General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Latin in European Culture
Language English
Module lecturer prof. dr hab. Piotr Urbański
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Professor
Faculty Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology
Semester 2024/2025 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 03-AP-LEC


Module aim (aims)

C1 To familiarize students with the influence of Latin on the formation of European culture from antiquity to the 21st century
C2 To familiarize students with the relationship between Latin--Greek in Rome and Latin--vernacular languages
C3 To familiarize students with the use of Latin at schools and universities
C4 To familiarize students with development Latin literature in Middle Ages and early modern period (Neo-Latin literature)
C5 To familiarize students with works of choosen maedieval and earlymodern authors

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

General knowledge of literature



Expansion of Latin in Italy and provinces of the Roman Empire.

 Post-classical Latin and the derivation of Romance languages

 The medieval Latin

 Reading of medieval Latin prose and poetry

 Use of Latin as a common language in different areas of intellectual activity in Europe from the Middle Ages to the 18th century

 Teaching Latin in Europe and its effects on the European culture

 Problem of Neo-Latin literature. Latin vs vernacular languages

 Reading of medieval Latin prose and poetry

 Latin and classical tradition in European literature

 Presentation of selected essays and discussion

Reading list


  1. Tore Janson, A Natural History of Latin. Oxford 2007.
  2. Riley, Mark T, Giles Laurén,The Neo-Latin Reader: Selections from Petrarch to Rimbaud.Sophron Editor 2016.
  3. An Anthology of European Neo-Latin Literature. Bloomsbury 2020.


  1. The Oxford Handbook of Neo-Latin. Ed. S.Knight, S. Tilg. Oxford 2016.
  2. The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Latin Literature. Ed. Ralph Hexter, David Townsend. Oxford 2016.