The course proposes an initial approach to the knowledge of the Byzantine literary civilisation, analysed in the dual perspective of continuity vis-à-vis ancient Greek literature (whose heritage it has transmitted to a large degree) and innovation.
In the context of the three-year degree course no. 10, this course aims to give students the following knowledge, competences and abilities: - broad knowledge of the diachronic articulation of Byzantine literature and the fundamental types of literary genres by direct reading of texts,. - knowledge of the evolution of the Greek language in the middle ages with particular reference to diglossia - knowledge of how to conduct an initial exegesis of texts from the Byzantine literary culture, identify elements of continuity and, especially for students taking the medieval programme, and elements of discontinuity with the Hellenic ancient world.
AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES
For the Learning Outcomes (detail) see the Learening Outcomes section. Learning outcomes At the end of the course students are expected to be able to: to know how to frame the authors whose texts have been analyzed in the historical-literary context of belonging and in the literary genre; knowing how to translate texts correctly, recognizing the morphosyntactic structures, the main stylistic and rhetorical characters and the meter; know how to recognize the main themes, identifying the μίμησις towards ancient authors and innovative elements; be able to grasp the argumentative lines of a critical essay and to explain it in a correct and critically planned Italian form.
A knowledge of ancient Greek is necessary to take the course.
Programme for students taking the course for 6 cfu
Byzantine and ancient Greek literature: analysis of continuity and innovation conducted on texts by authors from different chronological outlooks and literary genres.
The Greek language in the Byzantine millenium: continuity and change.
Ricevimento: Monday 12-13
PIA CAROLLA (President)
oral exam: reading, translation and historical-literary, philological, linguistic commenting of texts presented in lectures to assess students’ knowledge and abilities to identify literary genres, the diachronic development of language and dialectical imitation/innovation in ancient Greek literature.
written exam: presentation of a report on a proposed critical text to assess student’s capacity for analysis and synthesis