ANCIENT GREEK LITERATURE

ANCIENT GREEK LITERATURE

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Code
64873
ACADEMIC YEAR
2018/2019
CREDITS
9 credits during the 1st year of 8457 Letters and Humanities (L-10) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
L-FIL-LET/02
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Letters and Humanities)
semester
1° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

Ancient Greek literature includes some of the greatest masterpieces of poetry and thought of all time. In the formation of an European citizen, this knowledge cannot be lacking, at least at a basic level, because it favors the critical understanding of the main problems of humanity throughout history.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

(History of literature with a written exam / Fundamentals of philology prosody and metrics)

The “Greek Literature” course for the three-year degree course aims to give students the essential outlines and the most relevant figures and genres of ancient Greece in its historical evolution from the origins to the Imperial age. An integral part of the programme is the choice of important and meaningful texts that must be tackled in the original language. The “fundamentals of philology prosody and metrics” course aims to give students basic notions of Greek philology and metrics in their most relevant aspects. In relation to the fundamentals of philology, in the first place students must acquire an adequate knowledge of the critical-textual terminology to enable them to decipher and interpret a critical system; secondly, essential historical data and basic principles of textual criticism will be given. In relation to metrics, lectures aim to give students the fundamental notions of prosody and knowledge of the most common and widespread metric systems of Greek poetry beginning with the hexameter and iambic trimeter. 

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

To give students an in-depth knowledge of the history of ancient Greek literature and enable them to read some particularly important texts in the original language.

Students are expected to acquire a sound knowledge of the main aspects of ancient Greek literature.

At the end of the course the student should be able to know and describe the main features, authors and genres of ancient Greek literary culture.

PREREQUISITES

A high school knowledge of the ancient Greek language and of the basis of the history of Greek literature.

Teaching methods

Lectures and teaching support for further information and deepening.

Tests during the year with parts of texts prepared, translated and commented by students of the course.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

MONOGRAFIC COURSE FOR ALL STUDENTS

 

The genres of archaic Greek lyric

The course will consist in reading in original language and commentary on numerous fragments of the archaic Greek lyric, with the aim of showing the great variety of themes and modes of composition, literary languages, social occasions of execution, which is included under the general and conventional definition of "archaic Greek lyric". An argument will also be the different treatment of the contents taken from the myth, in comparison with the epic and the tragedy.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Monographic course for all students

It is recommended one of the following volumes:

Lirici Greci. Età arcaica e classica, Introduzione, edizione, traduzione e commento di Camillo Neri, Roma, Carocci Editore, 2011.

Lirici Greci, Introduzione di Umberto Albini, Scelta dei testi, traduzione, note e commenti di Francesco Sisti, Milano, garzanti Editore, 1990.

Lirici Greci, a cura di Gregorio Bottonelli, Lorenzo Ferroni, Luigi Galasso, Fausto Montana, Firenze, La Nuova Italia, 2005


HANDBOOK
Franco Montanari - Fausto Montana, Storia della Letteratura Greca. Dalle origini all’eta’ imperiale, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2010.
 

MORE INFORMATIONS

At the beginning of the lessons will be given indications on the texts for the course and for the exam. Texts and other materials will also be made available in Aulaweb. During the course there are intermediate forms of verification of the level of learning, consisting in the translation by the students of parts of the texts examined.
Students who can not attend or who intend to iterate the exam are asked to contact the Professor.

 

Texts for 6 CFU

A book of the Iliad and one of the Odissey chosen by the student (one in Greek and one in translation).
A tragedy of Sophocles and one of Euripides chosen by the student (one in Greek and one in translation).
Lysias, Against Eratosthenes or On the Refusal of a Pension to the Invalid (this text can be replaced with the lessons of Philology and Metric, see below: information at the first lesson).

 

Texts for 9 CFU

A book of the Iliad and one of the Odissey chosen by the student (one in Greek and one in translation).
A tragedy of Sophocles and one of Euripides chosen by the student (one in Greek and one in translation).
A discourse of Demosthenes or of Isocrates chosen by the student.

 

MOREOVER for 9 CFU

PHILOLOGY AND METRICS. Fundamental basis of classical philology and Greek metrics, with lessons specifically dedicated to these two themes.

 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: Tuesday and Wednesday 3 PM in professor Montanari's office, DAFIST, Hellenic section

Exam Board

FRANCO MONTANARI (President)

SERENA PERRONE

LARA PAGANI

CLAUDIO BEVEGNI

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Lectures and teaching support for further information and deepening.

Tests during the year with parts of texts prepared, translated and commented by students of the course.

LESSONS START

September 25, 2018

EXAMS

Exam description

The exam consists of a written test (only for 9 cfu: a translation using a dictionary) and an oral test consisting in a discussion of the texts included in the programme and the monographic course with translation of some passages, questions on the language and historical-literary framework; history of literature.

The three following factors will account for the final grade of the exam:

30% score of the preliminary written test (only for 9 cfu)
50% basic knowledge
20% personal skill in processing knowledge and ability in communication

Assessment methods

In relation to the indicated teaching objectives, students are required to have a sufficient knowledge of Greek to translate the original texts with the help of a dictionary and a sound knowledge of the main aspects of ancient Greek literature.
The exam consists of a written test (only for 9 cfu: a translation using a dictionary) and an oral test consisting in a discussion of the texts included in the programme and the monographic course with translation of some passages, questions on the language and historical-literary framework; history of literature.

The three following factors will account for the final grade of the exam:

30% score of the preliminary written test (only for 9 cfu)
50% basic knowledge
20% personal skill in processing knowledge and ability in communication

FURTHER INFORMATION

At the beginning of lectures indications will be given on texts to be used for the course and the exam. Texts and other materials will be made available on Aulaweb. During the course there will be some intermediate tests on the level of learning attained consisting in translation by students of some passages of the texts being examined.

Students who are unable to attend or wish to repeat the exam must contact teaching staff.