Medieval Latin Language and Literature

"Instrue praeceptis animum, nec discere cessa." Distichs of Cato, Book III,1

General information

Medieval Latin studies, i.e. the philology of Latin in the medieval period, constitutes the foundation of European medieval studies. The Latin medievalist makes the primary sources of information, i.e. the sources written in Latin language, accessible to researchers who are interested in the medieval period, thereby providing the basis for all fields of research connected with medieval times. It exists as an auxiliary science, especially for history, philosophy, theology, archaeology, art history, music history, and science history. As a standalone discipline, research of medieval Latin language and literature makes a wide range of the sources written in Latin accessible, provides critical interpretations of these texts, and analyses these texts in the literary historical context of the European cultural tradition. It is an interdisciplinary field of research essential for understanding the European medieval period.

This Master’s degree study programme provides students with the opportunity to learn all of the constituent actual knowledge of the subject. The study programme can be a single-subject Master’s degree or a double-subject Master’s degree.

The study programme specializes in medieval Latin language and literature. Because of the connection between the medieval period and the previous developments during ancient times, this study programme uses the student’s knowledge of ancient literature from the Bachelor’s degree study programme. In this way, students gain an overview of the phonological and morphological development of the Latin language from ancient times through the end of the Middle Ages; the students know late Latin and medieval peculiarities in contrast to Latin normative grammar and the classical Latin style; they are also able to make comparisons in the fields of literary historical analysis and textual interpretations. Students also gain knowledge of the basics of palaeography and codicology in theory and in practice. The specialization necessarily involves general knowledge of other social and cultural sciences connected with the medieval period (especially medieval history, history of law, philosophy, theology, and religion).

A successful graduate is able to

  • describe and explain orthographical, morphological, and syntactic peculiarities of medieval Latin in comparison with classical Latin
  • describe factors that influenced the development of late and medieval Latin vocabulary and give concrete examples of this development
  • illustrate the main features of European and Bohemian medieval literature written in Latin and describe its connection to ancient literature
  • describe the genre peculiarities and the formal and contextual characteristics of medieval prose and poetry
  • briefly describe the historical, philosophical, and religious background of the development of medieval society
  • describe basic rules employed in auxiliary sciences of history (especially in palaeography and codicology) and in textual criticism
  • read basic medieval scripts
  • read medieval Latin manuscripts and participate in preparing their modern critical editions
  • interpret critically selected original Latin texts from the medieval period
  • translate complicated Latin texts into Czech and individual sentences into Latin
  • work with scholarly literature written in foreign languages, with electronic databases, and with various sources of information
  • write a long structured text on scholarly topics

Graduate employment

The study programme will allow graduates to adapt to the changing requirements of the labour market. They will be able to search for different types of information sources, assess them critically, and use them appropriately. They will be fully qualified to work in the departments of the Academy of Sciences or in universities engaged in the humanities, and in archives and museums where medieval literature and diplomatic sources are studied. Graduates can work as university lecturers of Latin language; their skills are also helpful for secondary education in concrete history, Czech language, and foreign languages. Graduates may also work as Latin language experts in various publishing houses, mass media, and bookstores (in tasks such as proofreading).

Faculty Faculty of Arts
Type of study follow-up master's
Mode full-time
Standard length of studies 2 years
Language of instruction czech

Field of study combinations

Field combinations with Medieval Latin Language and Literature

Admission Requirements

Unfortunately no information about admission requirements is available.

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