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GREEK LITERATURE

CODE 80429
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 9918 LETTERATURE MODERNE E SPETTACOLO (LM-14) - GENOVA
  • 12 cfu during the 1st year of 11268 FILOLOGIA E SCIENZE DELL'ANTICHITA' (LM-15) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-FIL-LET/02
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    MODULES This unit is a module of:
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    Greek literature includes some of the greatest masterpieces of poetry and thought of all time. In the training of a European citizen, this knowledge plays an essential role because it fosters a critical understanding of the main problems of man.

    The study of ancient Greek literature is also relevant for future archaeologists (class LM-2), who will encounter aspects of ancient civilizations in their professional activity. A special program is planned for them.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Ancient Greek literature includes some of the greatest masterpieces of poetry and thought of all time. In the formation of a European citizen, this knowledge plays an important role, especially if held at a good level, because it favor the critical understanding of the main problems of man throughout his history.

    The study of Ancient Greek literature is also important for future archaeologists, who will encounter aspects of ancient civilizations in their professional activities.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Acquire an in-depth knowledge of the history of ancient Greek literature and have some particularly significant texts read in the original language. Furthermore, to stimulate reflection on the problems of human life in the world, which accompany the development of humanity over the centuries, starting from the reflections of the ancient Greeks.

    Students are expected to acquire a sufficiently broad and in-depth critical knowledge of different aspects of ancient Greek literature, expanding the knowledge acquired in the three-year course of the same discipline in quantity and quality.

    At the end of the course the student must be able to know and describe the most relevant figures and genres of the literary civilization of ancient Greece, with adequate awareness of their historical and cultural value and significance for the development of modern civilizations. Moreover, the student must be able to read the major authors in the original language

     

    ARCHAEOLOGY (LM-2). The objectives of this teaching for LM-2 consist substantially in achieving a sufficient knowledge of the literature and language of ancient Greece, so that future archaeologists are able to read and understand Greek texts of medium complexity and to understand aspects of ancient Greek civilization that will happen to meet them in their professional activity.

    PREREQUISITES

    A good knowledge of ancient Greek language and of the history of Greek literature, based on what was learned in the previous three-year course.

     

    ARCHEOLOGY (LM-2). A sufficient knowledge of ancient Greek language and of the basics of the history of Greek literature.

    TEACHING METHODS

    Frontal lessons, eventual didactic support for in-depth studies on specific topics. Possible tests during the year, with parts of texts prepared, translated and commented by the students of the course. One or more specialised lessons by Professor Mariella De Simone are planned.

    Lessons will take place in a mode to be established, probably mixed.

    It would be desirable for students to express their willingness to enrol by sending an e-mail to <w.lap@libero.it>.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    MONOGRAPHIC COURSE FOR ALL STUDENTS

    Reading and commentary on Aeschylus' Agamemnon: problems of translation, interpretation and constitution of the text.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    The texts commented in the classroom will be provided by the lecturer himself, in photocopy or pdf, obviously in compliance with the current copyright laws.

    In addition to the monographic course and the handbook (to be chosen from the editions of: D. Of the Horn, Letteratura greca, Milano, Principato, 1988; L. E. Reds, Letteratura greca, Firenze, Le Monnier, 1995; G. A. Privitera - R. Pretagostini, Storia e forme della letteratura greca, I-II, Torino, Einaudi Scuola, 1997; A. Leek - W. Lapini, Greek Literature, Bologna, The Mill, Mulino, 2017), students will have to prepare:

    (1) Aeschylus, Choephoroi (in any edition, even scholastic or popular, provided with preface, Greek text and commentary notes);

    (2) Aeschylus, Eumenides (in any edition, even scholastic or popular, provided with preface, Greek text and commentary notes);

    (3) V. Of Blessed, L'ideologia del potere e la tragedia greca, Turin, Einaudi, 1978.

    Since the programmes may be subject to changes during the course, students are requested NOT to purchase the texts before the beginning of the courses.

     

     

    FOR STUDENTS IN THE ARCHAEOLOGY CLASS

    The texts commented on in the classroom will be provided by the teacher himself, in photocopy or pdf, obviously in compliance with current copyright laws.

    In addition to the monographic course and the handbook (to be chosen from the editions of: D. Of the Horn, Letteratura greca, Milano, Principato, 1988; L. E. Reds, Letteratura greca, Firenze, Le Monnier, 1995; G. A. Privitera - R. Pretagostini, Storia e forme della letteratura greca, I-II, Torino, Einaudi Scuola, 1997; A. Leek - W. Lapini, Greek Literature, Bologna, The Mill, Mulino, 2017), students will have to prepare:

     (1) Xenophon, Oeconomicus, in the original language (in any edition, as long as it has a preface, Greek text and commentary notes);

    (2) Homer, a book of their choice, in Italian translation (in any edition);

    (3) V. Of Blessed, L'ideologia del potere e la tragedia greca, Turin, Einaudi, 1978.

    Since the programmes may be subject to changes during the course, students are requested NOT to purchase the texts before the beginning of the courses.

     

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    ALICE BONANDINI (President)

    LARA NICOLINI

    VALTER LAPINI (President Substitute)

    SILVIA SPERIANI (President Substitute)

    BIAGIO SANTORELLI (Substitute)

    DILETTA VIGNOLA (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    First semester. Classes begin on Wednesday 13 October 2021.

    Classes will be held in a mode to be determined, probably mixed.

    It would be desirable for students to express their willingness to attend by sending an e-mail to <w.lap@libero.it>.

    Class schedule

    GREEK LITERATURE

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    The examination comprises a written and an oral test. The written test normally consists of a translation from Greek into Italian using vocabulary. However, given the possible continuation of the health emergency (with the consequent difficulty of finding spaces and organising timetables), for the year 2020-2021 the written test will be replaced by an oral test of translation from Greek of a short text of medium difficulty, to be held within the oral test and as part of it. The remainder of the oral examination will consist of a test on the monographic course, on the texts of the examination programme (with translation of the passages, questions on the language and on the historical-literary framework) and on the history of Greek literature based on the textbook.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    In relation to the learning outcomes, assessment includes:

    1) assessment of students' knowledge of the history of ancient Greek literature and language (needed to translate original texts);

     

    2) The assessment consists in a written exam (for students who take the 9-CFU course) and an oral exam. The written exam consists in a 2-hour translation test (dictionary allowed). Students can use a dictionary. The oral exam consists in an interview which includes: questions on texts from the reading list and on texts analyzed during the monographic part of the course; translation of passages; questions about Greek language; questions on the historical and literary context of texts; questions on history of literature and critical reading.

     

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    15/12/2021 11:30 GENOVA Orale Gli esami si svolgeranno presso la Sezione Ellenica del Daphist: room 237
    19/01/2022 11:30 GENOVA Orale Gli esami si svolgeranno presso la Sezione Ellenica del Daphist: room 237
    09/02/2022 11:30 GENOVA Orale Gli esami si svolgeranno presso la Sezione Ellenica del Daphist: room 237
    11/05/2022 11:30 GENOVA Orale Gli esami si svolgeranno presso la Sezione Ellenica del Daphist: room 237
    31/05/2022 11:30 GENOVA Orale Gli esami si svolgeranno presso la Sezione Ellenica del Daphist: room 237
    29/06/2022 11:30 GENOVA Orale Gli esami si svolgeranno presso la Sezione Ellenica del Daphist: room 237
    14/07/2022 11:30 GENOVA Orale Gli esami si svolgeranno presso la Sezione Ellenica del Daphist: room 237
    14/09/2022 11:30 GENOVA Orale Gli esami si svolgeranno presso la Sezione Ellenica del Daphist: room 237

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    At the beginning of the lessons, indications will be given on the texts for the course and for the exam. Texts and other materials will also be made available on the Aulaweb.

    Students who are unable to attend or who wish to sit the examination again are asked to contact the lecturer.

    As the syllabus may change during the course, students are requested NOT to purchase texts before the start of the courses.