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CODE 106807
ACADEMIC YEAR 2023/2024
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-FIL-LET/05
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 2° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

Through the direct reading of sources, literary and otherwise, one can attempt to reconstruct the history of theatre in the ancient world, how a performance was organised, what role the chorus played, how the actors acted, what equipment was used for staging, and in general the practical aspects behind the performance of Greek and Latin dramatic works in their original performative dimension.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Aim of the course is acquiring knowledge and skills for a reading of Greek and Latin dramatic texts aware of their original performative dimension, the contexts of performance and the history of their tradition.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The learning aims are in detail:

  • knowledge of the diachronic evolution of the theatrical phenomenon in the ancient world from its origins to the imperial age: buildings, performance contexts, organisation of performances, chorus, actors, masks, props and theatrical machinery, scenography, choreography, music and in general the practical aspects of staging;
  • ability to apply this knowledge to the reading of Greek and Latin dramatic texts by understanding their structures and dramaturgical economy, and with awareness of the performative aspects in the context of ancient staging;
  • awareness of the history of the tradition of ancient dramatic texts and its specificities with respect to texts belonging to other genres.

At the end of the class, the student will know the history of theatre in the ancient world; he/she will be able to read texts with full awareness of the dramaturgical structures and performance aspects; he/she will have understood the specificities of the textual tradition and the ancient reception of Greek and Latin plays.

PREREQUISITES

Students are supposed to be familiar with the dramatic production of the main authors of Greek and Latin theatre and with the literary aspects of it.

TEACHING METHODS

Lessons will be held in presence only. Attendance, although not compulsory, is recommended.

Some lessons concerning the history of theatre and the textual tradition of dramatic texts will be face-to-face lessons, mostly based on the analysis of literary and documentary sources. The monographic part will be conducted as a workshop with direct involvement of the students.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Contexts and organisational aspects of theatrical performances from classical Athens to Rome: buildings and occasions, actors, chorus, audience, masks and costumes, theatrical machines and props, music and dance. Greek and Latin dramatic texts, with a focus on dramaturgical economy and performance aspects, as well as the history of their tradition.

Monographic part on the papyrological sources for ancient Greek comedy.

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

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Reference handbooks:

  • Storia del teatro greco, a cura di M. Di Marco, Roma 2020 (except for chapt. 17) 
  • Storia del teatro latino, a cura di G. Petrone, Roma 2020 (except for chapt. 13). 

Other materials will be made available via Aulaweb.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

SERENA PERRONE (President)

LARA PAGANI

ALICE BONANDINI (Substitute)

LESSONS

LESSONS START

19 February 2024

Class schedule

L'orario di tutti gli insegnamenti è consultabile all'indirizzo EasyAcademy.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

The exam consists of an oral interview to assess the knowledge about the history of ancient theatre and the textual tradition of Greek and Latin dramatic texts, as well as the ability to apply this knowledge to the direct reading of the sources.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The exam consists of an interview during which, in addition to general questions, the student is offered the texts of some sources to be analysed and framed in the context of the history of ancient theatre and the textual tradition of Greek and Latin dramatic texts.

As a basic threshold, the student is required to know the history of Greek and Latin theatre and the main specificities of the textual tradition of dramatic texts, and to be able to analyse the sources that are the subject of the monographic part. To reach a threshold of excellence, the skill to apply the acquired knowledge to the analysis of sources is required, demonstrating the ability to frame them correctly and grasp their contribution to our knowledge of theatre in the ancient world. Clarity and propriety of language will also influence the assessment.

Exam schedule

Data Ora Luogo Degree type Note
18/12/2023 11:00 GENOVA Orale
17/01/2024 11:00 GENOVA Orale
05/02/2024 11:00 GENOVA Orale
06/05/2024 11:00 GENOVA Orale
03/06/2024 11:00 GENOVA Orale
25/06/2024 11:00 GENOVA Orale
24/07/2024 11:00 GENOVA Orale
11/09/2024 11:00 GENOVA Orale