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HISTORY AND METHODS OF CLASSICAL PHILOLOGY (LM)

CODE 98465
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 2nd year of 9023 SCIENZE DELL'ANTICHITÀ: ARCH., FILOL.E LETT., STORIA(LM-15) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-FIL-LET/05
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    Before we even try to interpret a text of classical literature, we should ask ourselves how this text has arrived down to us and how much trustworthy it can be. Through which methods and tools can we attempt to access a text that is close to the "original" one with the highest degree of probability? Over time different answers have been given to this question.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The teaching aims to provide insight into the history of tradition and textual criticism with reference to classical literature; consolidate the knowledge of the methods of classical philology and raise awareness of their historical evolution up to the current debate; favor the acquisition of skills for the philological analysis of fragmentary texts.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The aims are: to make students understand the main theoretical and methodological turning points in the history of classical philology and textual criticism, and consider the elements at the core of the current debate; to raise awareness on the issues relating to the traditio and the constitutio of the texts of classical literature; to provide students with the technical and methodological skills to know how to deal with the reading of a critical edition; to encourage the development of active skills for the philological analysis of literary fragments.

    At the end of the course the student is expect to have understood the main turning points in the history of classical philology; to be aware of the issues relating to the reliability of ancient texts; to know the terminology of textual criticism; to be able to use a critical edition and understand an apparatus criticus; to know how to use the main tools of the discipline, including the digital tools; to assess the most appropriate methods and tools on the basis of the type and tradition of the text under analysis; to be aware of the specific issues relating to fragmentary texts.

    PREREQUISITES

    Sound knowledge of ancient Greek and Latin languages and literatures is required.

    TEACHING METHODS

    The teaching will be held in person. Students unable to attend may follow the lectures via videoconferencing (Microsoft Teams - code 90bnbve).

    The teaching methods are a combination of traditional lectures and classroom exercises of philological analysis on fragmentary texts, with the direct involvement of students. 

    Materials in Aulaweb.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Definition of philology and its relationship with textual criticism; history of the discipline, with particular reference to the theoretical and methodological turning points from Lachmann to the so called New Philology and the elements at the core of the current debate; the specificities of the history of textual tradition for Greek and Latin literatures.

    A part of the lectures will be devoted to the philology on fragments, with direct analysis of examples mainly from Greek comedy.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Recommended handbook:

    • P. Chiesa, Elementi di critica testuale, seconda edizione, Bologna, 2012.

    Reading of:

    • Paul Maas, Textual Criticism, translated from the German by B. Flower, Clarendon Press, Oxford 1858 (or any other edition of the essay).
    • Storia della filologia classica, a cura di Diego Lanza e Gherardo Ugolini, Roma 2020.

    Further documents will be provided in class and via AulaWeb

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    SERENA PERRONE (President)

    LARA PAGANI

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    27 September 2021

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    As midterm test, students are required to prepare and submit in front of the classroom a 15 minutes oral presentation about an assigned fragments. This test will not be subject to assessment.

    The exam is an oral interview to assess the acquisition of the theoretical and methodological aspects of the discipline, the awareness of historical development, and the ability to address the critical reading of given literary fragments (made available via Aulaweb)

    Non-attending students are encouraged to contact the teacher (serena.perrone@unige.it).

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The exam consists of an interview about the theoretical and methodological aspects of the discipline and the ability to apply them to the critical reading of given literary fragments. Clarity and correct use of technical terminology are assessed. In order to reach the basic threshold students should demonstrate their knowledge of the theoretical and methodological turning points in the history of classical philology, awareness of the issues posed by the  textual tradition of Greek and Latin literatures, practical skills in reading a critical edition and its apparatus. In order to reach an assessment of excellence, students should demonstrate their ability to apply the acquired knowledge to the philological analysis of Greek and Latin texts, considering the most appropriate methods and tools on the basis of the type and tradition of the text under analysis.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    14/12/2021 10:30 GENOVA Orale
    17/01/2022 14:00 GENOVA Orale
    07/02/2022 14:00 GENOVA Orale
    13/05/2022 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    09/06/2022 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    28/06/2022 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    14/07/2022 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    14/09/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale