GREEK LITERATURE AND CULTURE

GREEK LITERATURE AND CULTURE

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Code
53073
ACADEMIC YEAR
2018/2019
CREDITS
6 credits during the 2nd year of 8453 Conservation of Cultural Heritage (L-1) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
L-FIL-LET/02
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Conservation of Cultural Heritage)
semester
2° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

Greek literature, whose extraordinary richness is still recognizable (in terms of variety, temporal extension and level of production) in spite of the enormous loss it suffered during the transmission, provides precious information on the civilization that produced it and represents an important source of data within the archaeological investigation.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The teaching aims to provide students with a basic knowledge of the genres and the most relevant authors of Greek literature, of the main Greek myths that underlie it, of the historical-social contexts in which it developed. The teaching also aims to promote the acquisition of the ability to describe and analyze the content and the meaning of an ancient Greek text and to contextualize it in the genre and era to which it belongs. Finally, the teaching aims to develop the ability to translate the texts of ancient Greek literature or to follow them on the original with the help of a translation into a modern language, according to their complexity.

 

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

Participation in the activities and / or individual study will allow the student to:
- know the genres, the periodization and the most relevant authors of Greek literature;
- know the main myths underlying Greek literature;
- know the socio-cultural contexts of Greek literature;
- acquire the ability to translate the texts of ancient Greek literature or to follow them on the original with the help of a translation into a modern language, according to their complexity;
- acquire an appropriate vocabulary for the description of the content and the interpretive problems posed by texts of Greek literature;
- apply the acquired knowledge and skills to the archaeological investigation.

PREREQUISITES

As a preliminary requirement, a knowledge of the ancient Greek language, even rudimentary but complete, is compulsory, such as to allow the comprehension, with the use of the dictionary, of a descriptive prose.

Teaching methods

Lectures, in which the chapters of Pausania to be prepared in Greek will be entirely translated and commented, and planned practice exercises.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Part 1

Introduction to the Greek literary world: conservation and transmission of texts; periodization and classification of genres and authors.

Part 2

Travelling through Greece with Pausanias.
Survey on author and work (with the connected chronology problems), as well as the sources and method used by Pausanias. Reading of book I, about Attica and Megaris, according to the following: reading in Greek language of chapters 17-25.2 and 26.4-27.10 (itineraries through the agora of Athens, the urban area to the south-east of the agora, the Olympieion and Ilissos valley, the southern slopes of the acropolis, the acropolis); reading in Italian translation of the rest of the book I. The comment will focus specifically on archaeological, topographical and artistic aspects.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Part 1)

F. Montanari, F. Montana, Storia della letteratura greca. Dalle origini all’età imperiale, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2010.

 

Part 2)

Pausania, Guida della Grecia. I, L’Attica, a cura di Domenico Musti e Luigi Beschi, Fondazione Lorenzo Valla / Arnoldo Mondadori Editore 1982.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: Tuesday 11-12 AM and Wednesday 2-3 PM, DAFIST, Sezione Ellenica, via Balbi 4. For other days and time, please write an email to set an appointment.

Exam Board

LARA PAGANI (President)

SERENA PERRONE

FRANCO MONTANARI

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Lectures, in which the chapters of Pausania to be prepared in Greek will be entirely translated and commented, and planned practice exercises.

LESSONS START

March, 5, 2019

ORARI

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EXAMS

Exam description

Written test (questionnaire) and oral test. Students are not allowed to access the oral test before having passed the written one.

Assessment methods

Written test: it consists of four questions and aims to ascertain the acquisition of a basic knowledge of the genres and the most relevant authors of Greek literature, with attention also to the diachronic development (Part 1). Examples of tests will be made available to students on Aulaweb.


Oral test: it consists of an interview aiming at ascertaining the ability to translate (for the part expected in Greek), analyze the content and the meaning of the text of book I of Pausanias, especially in relation to relevant aspects from an archaeological, topographical and artistic point of view (Part 2).
‘Pass’ requirements are: to have substantially learned the information concerning the genres and the most relevant authors of the Greek literature, as well as understood the conceptual turning-points and the crucial problems; to be able to understand the meaning of a pre-prepared ancient Greek literary text and to present its contents with an appropriate lexicon.
‘Excellence’ requirements are: a total mastery of the analysis tools of phenomena and texts of Greek literature, so that the student is able to elaborate in an autonomous and critical manner the problems posed by them; the ability to translate fluently and safely, with good command of the linguistic aspects, a pre-prepared ancient Greek literary text and to present its contents with an appropriate vocabulary.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Attendance at lessons is highly recommended. Non-attending students are asked to contact the teacher to receive supplementary bibliography.

The teaching establishes, as a preliminary requirement, a knowledge of ancient Greek language even rudimentary but complete, such as to allow the comprehension, with the use of the dictionary, of a descriptive prose. Students who have never studied ancient Greek before have at their disposal the course of Greek for beginners (“Lettorato”, 60 hours, year-long) to learn the rudiments of the language, to be completed and perfected with home study. All students who need to review or perfect the linguistic aspects can contact the teacher for a personalized extra-activity.