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CODE 64873
ACADEMIC YEAR 2023/2024
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-FIL-LET/02
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 2° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

Ancient Greek Literature includes some of the greatest masterpieces of poetry and thought of all time. In the education of a European citizen, this knowledge cannot be lacking, at least at a basic level, because it fosters a critical understanding of the main problems of man throughout his 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

To provide an in-depth knowledge of the history of ancient Greek literature and enable the student to read texts by particularly significant authors in the original language. By the end of the course, students should be able to know and describe the essential features, figures and genres of the literary civilisation of ancient Greece, and also be able to apply their linguistic knowledge to the translation of Greek texts and their knowledge of prosody and metrics to the metrical reading of texts in hexameter and iambic trimeter.

PREREQUISITES

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

TEACHING METHODS

The lecturer has decided to adopt (subject to revocation and counter-orders by the university) the mixed mode, and to make the recording of lectures available. Students who wish to do so can therefore follow the Greek literature course on the Teams channel. It is recommended not to abuse this option. In fact, it is understood that with the academic year 2022-2023 the face-to-face mode becomes again - as it must - the basic mode, the only one that can guarantee an adequate and fully useful use of the so-called face-to-face lessons.

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

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

"The Wives of the Atrides: Female Beauty and Bestiality from the Homeric Epos to the Oresteia of Aeschylus, and Beyond".

Students unable to attend the course are invited to contact the lecturer well in advance in order to arrange an alternative programme.

 

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Texts for 6 CFU

In addition to the monographic course and the handbook (to be chosen from the commercially available editions of: D. Del Corno, Letteratura greca, Milano, Principato, 1988; L. E. Rossi, Letteratura greca, Firenze, Le Monnier, 1995; G. A. Privitera - R. Pretagostini, Storia e forme della letteratura greca, I-II, Torino, Einaudi Scuola, 1997; A. Porro - W. Lapini, Greek Literature, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2017), students should prepare:

(1) Euripides. Elena, edited by Walter Lapini, with the collaboration of Federica Boero and Margherita Rubino, Sant'Arcangelo di Romagna, Rusconi, 2022.

(2) Aeschylus. Agamemnon (in any scholastic or popular edition, provided with preface, Greek text and commentary notes).

(3) A tragedy of your choice from Aeschylus' Coaephoruses and Eumenides (in any scholastic or popular edition, provided it has a preface, Greek text and commentary notes).

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

Texts for 9 CFU

In addition to the monographic course and the handbook (to be chosen from the commercially available editions of: D. Del Corno, Letteratura greca, Milano, Principato, 1988; L. E. Rossi, Letteratura greca, Firenze, Le Monnier, 1995; G. A. Privitera - R. Pretagostini, Storia e forme della letteratura greca, I-II, Torino, Einaudi Scuola, 1997; A. Porro - W. Lapini, Greek Literature, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2017), students should prepare:

(1) Euripides. Elena, edited by Walter Lapini, with the collaboration of Federica Boero and Margherita Rubino, Sant'Arcangelo di Romagna, Rusconi, 2022.

(2) Aeschylus. Agamemnon (in any scholastic or popular edition, provided with preface, Greek text and commentary notes).

(3) A tragedy of your choice from Aeschylus' Coaephoruses and Eumenides (in any scholastic or popular edition, provided it has a preface, Greek text and commentary notes).

(4) Book XI of the Odyssey (in any scholastic or popular edition, provided it has a preface, Greek text and commentary notes);

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

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

VALTER LAPINI (President)

FEDERICA BOERO

PIA CAROLLA (Substitute)

FRANCESCA GAZZANO (Substitute)

LESSONS

LESSONS START

Second semester. Planned start of classes: Tuesday 20 February 2024.

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

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

The examination will be preceded by an oral test of an imprint translation of a short text by a Greek author of medium difficulty, to be taken as part of 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 metrical reading and translation of passages, questions on morphological, syntactic, stylistic and historical-literary aspects) and on the history of Greek literature based on the textbook.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

In relation to the stated learning objectives, a knowledge of Greek sufficient to read, translate and comment on the original texts will be ascertained, as well as a good knowledge of the fundamental aspects of ancient Greek literature.

The examination comprises a translation test on the imprint of a short text, in an interview on the programme texts and the monographic course; it also includes questions on language, the literary-historical framework and the history of literature.

Exam schedule

Data Ora Luogo Degree type Note
19/12/2023 11:30 GENOVA Orale
24/01/2024 11:30 GENOVA Orale
07/02/2024 11:30 GENOVA Orale
08/05/2024 11:30 GENOVA Orale
29/05/2024 11:30 GENOVA Orale
12/06/2024 11:30 GENOVA Orale
03/07/2024 11:30 GENOVA Orale
12/09/2024 11:30 GENOVA Orale

FURTHER INFORMATION

Guidance on texts for the course and examination will be given at the beginning of the lectures. Texts and other materials will also be made available on the Aulaweb.

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

Students unable to attend the course are invited to contact the lecturer well in advance in order to arrange an alternative programme.