The student will acquire: in-depth and detailed knowledge of the characters and problems of the Latin and Greek literary texts composed in late antiquity; ability to apply the methodology of philological research to unfamiliar sources; ability to collect and interpret the acquired data, as well as to integrate them with an autonomous use of scientific research instruments, resulting in complex evaluations; ability to express and communicate the conclusions of the study and research activity in a clear and scientifically correct way.


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Mutuazione: 20710601 FILOLOGIA TARDOANTICA L.M. in Filologia, letterature e storia dell'antichità LM-15 D'ANNA ALBERTO


First semester (six weeks).
Monday and Wednesday, 12-14 hours, STREAMING LESSON.
Friday, 9-11 hours, Aula 15, LESSON IN PRESENCE
Beginning of the course: Monday, November 16th, 2020.

Course title 2020-2021: The Gospel of Nicodemus and its tradition.

The traditions on the Passion-Death-Resurrection of Jesus are contained not only in works that have become canonical, but also, and to a much wider extent, in an apocryphal literary production, interesting both from the point of view of content and from that of the phenomena of transmission that characterize it, paradigmatic of the fortune of texts without a statute of authority. The course aims to deepen the literary history of the Gospel of Nicodemus, also known as the Acts of Pilate, the most successful and widespread apocryphal on Passion-Death-Resurrection among Christians of all ages and languages, transmitted by more than five hundred manuscripts and subject to adaptations and rewriting of all kinds (homilies, sacred representations, novels, poems), which in the sixth century led, among other things, to the addition of the long and famous description of the Descensus ad inferos of Christ.

Core Documentation

Lesson materials (critical editions, translations, scientific bibliography) will be provided by the teacher.

General section: a text to choose between
P. CHIESA, Elementi di critica testuale. Seconda edizione, Bologna: Pàtron, 2012;
R. MAISANO, Filologia del Nuovo Testamento. La tradizione e la trasmissione dei testi, Roma: Carocci, 2014.

Type of delivery of the course

Blended mode: 4 hours in streaming, 2 hours in presence per week, for at least 30 frontal hours. The course is a seminar and involves the active participation of students.


For students who are unable to attend, there are adjustments to the program; they are therefore invited to contact the teacher.

Type of evaluation

Interview with the teacher on the program of the course.