cod. 00556

Academic year 2013/14
1° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Lingua e letteratura greca (L-FIL-LET/02)
Filologia, linguistica e letteratura
Type of training activity
80 hours
of face-to-face activities
12 credits
course unit
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Learning objectives

The student of Greek Literature will acquire a sound knowledge regarding to the historical grammar, the metrical issues, the textual tradition and the textual criticism; he/she will become familiar to the history of Greek literature; the student will also develop the skills required for using the critical editions of the Greek texts; he/she will become acquainted with bibliographical and linguistic sources. This knowledge will be essential in order to continue his/her university curriculum in Greek language and literatur (triennal and biennal program).


Basic knowledge of the Greek language and literature; there will be a preparatory course ("Greek 0"), addressed particularly to those who have not previously dealt with the study of the Greek language.

Course unit content

Introduction to the Greek tragedy); Euripides' Orestes: text and interpretation (I). Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite: text and interpretation (II).

Full programme

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I. As introduction to the Greek tragedy, see M. Di Marco, La tragedia greca: forma, gioco scenico, tecniche drammatiche, nuova ed., Roma (Carocci) 2009; cf. also G. Mastromarco-P. Totaro, Storia del teatro greco, Grassina, Bagno a Ripoli (Firenze) (Le Monnier Università) 2008; for the text and the translation of Euripides’ Orestes, see Euripide, Oreste, introd., trad. e note di E. Medda, Milano (BUR) 2001. See also (critical text and commentary): Euripidis fabulae, III. Helena, Phoenissae, Orestes, Bacchae, Iphigenia Aulidensis, Rhesus, ed. J. Diggle, Oxonii (e typographeo Clarendoniano) 1994; Euripidis Orestes, introd., testo critico, comm. e app. metrica a c. di V. Di Benedetto, Firenze (La Nuova Italia) 1965, Euripides. Orestes, with introd. and comm. by Sir C.W. Willink, Oxford (Clarendon Press) 1986; Euripides. Orestes, ed. with transl. and comm. by M.L. West, Warminster (Aris & Phillips) 1987. II. II. Inni omerici, a c. di F. Cassola, <Milano> (Fondazione Lorenzo Valla) 1975; Inni Omerici, a c. di Giuseppe Zanetto, Milano (BUR) 1996. A lezione il docente farà inoltre riferimento a A. Faulkner, The Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite. Introduction, text and commentary, Oxford (OUP) 2008. For the institutio, see the extended program (see above from the first day of class; PDF online at LEA).

Teaching methods

The teaching method in use is appropriate to the specific needs of the subject which requires the communication of the main course contents through classes; discussion with the students about textual and exegetical problems; tutorial programs for the students; practical exercises of Greek metre, historical grammar are on schedule. The final examination will include an oral exam to ascertain familiarity with course material.

Assessment methods and criteria

Students will be assessed by an oral examination based on the readings and other material used in the course and that will be administered at the end of the course. The assessment aims to test: 1) proper knowledge and critical understanding of the main themes of the history of the Greek literature; 2) good reading and translation of Greek texts; 3) critical and interpretation skills along the ability to produce personal reinterpretation; 4) oral proficiency; correct use of language; ability to give proper answers to the questions. Students will have to fully achieve the first 2 assessment criteria and score a minimum of 60 percent or better to get a pass grade.

Other information

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