cod. 22952

Academic year 2020/21
2° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Lingua e letteratura greca (L-FIL-LET/02)
Ambito aggregato per crediti di sede
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

The course aims to provide knowledge, both exegetical and textual criticism, of the discipline. The student will acquire:
1.Knowledge and understanding:
- he/she will become acquainted with textual tradition and criticism;
- he/she will become acquainted with bibliographical sources of the topics.
2.Knowledge and understanding skills applied:
- well-rounded knowledge regarding exegetical abilities an textual criticism; he/she will develop the skill required to develop scientific researches;
- the student will develop skills regarding to read and to know primary sources, and to translate and comment critical editions of Greek texts.
3.Making judgments:
- students develop the ability to collect and explain data to state independent judgments within the discipline.
4.Communication skills:
- students will be able to communicate and express methodological conclusions inherent to the discipline in a comprehensible way and supported by the acquired knowledge.
5. Ability to learn:
- students will enhance the learning skills necessary to keep on to study, in an autonomous way, the developments of the discipline.


Good knowledge of Greek language and literature is recommended prerequisite for the course.

Course unit content

Textual tradition of Ancient Greek Poetry: Elegy and Iambography.
Ancient Greek elegy and iambus are two genres that we can find throughout Greek literature from its origin. Reading, translations and commentary on Archilochus’ and Hipponax’ fragments with particular attention to the text tradition.
A) Reading, translations and commentary on Archilochus and Hipponax’ fragments.
B) 1. knowledge of ancient Greek textual tradition and textual criticism; 2. a selection of texts.
The extended program is available on the Elly platform.

Full programme

The extended program will be available on the Elly platform at the beginning of the lessons.


A) A. Nicolosi, Hipponax, in Commentaria et lexica Graeca in papyris reperta (CLGP), I. Commentaria et lexica in auctores, vol. 2. Callimachus-Hipponax, fasc. 6. Galenus-Hipponax, Berlin-Boston (de Gruyter) 2019, pp. 233-304 [also available in PDF format]; A. Nicolosi, Archiloco. Elegie, Bologna (Pàtron Editore) 2013; Archiloco. Testimonianze e frammenti, traduzione e note di commento di A. Nicolosi, Roma (Aracne Editrice) 2017 [also available in PDF format]; M.L. West, Iambi et elegi Graeci, I, 2 ed., Oxford (Claredon Press) 1989; Greek Iambic Poetry, ed. and transl. by D.E. Gerber, Cambridge (Mass.)-London (Loeb) 1999. Additional essay will be assigned during the course.
B) 1. L.D. Reynolds-N.G. Wilson, Copisti e filologi. La tradizione dei classici dall’antichità ai tempi moderni, 4 ed., Roma-Padova (Antenore) 2016. Ancient Greek philology and textual criticism.
B) 2. Critical essay will be assigned during the course.

Teaching methods

The teaching method in use is appropriate to the specific needs of the subject which requires the communication of the main course content through classes (on-line Teams, sincrono-streaming) with reading, translation and commentary of texts; the teaching material (slide) will be available on the Elly platform. Discussion with students about textual and exegetical problems; seminars.

Assessment methods and criteria

The final examination (in attendance / on-line Teams) will include an oral exam to ascertain familiarity with course material. The exam is divided into a series of 3 types of questions:
- the student will prove to be able to read, translate, analyze and comment (textual tradition and criticism) texts studied during the course (A);
- the student will prove to have linguistic knowledge and skills (B.2);
- the student will prove to have acquired knowledge of the topics (B.1).
The pass mark (in thirtieth) is achieved if the student proves to be able to answer to the three typologies of questions. The outcome will be communicated immediately to the student.

A fail is determined by the lack of an understanding of the minimum content of the course, and the inability to express oneself adequately. A pass (18-21) are assigned to the student who will be able to exhibit with ownership the concepts and terms of the discipline, Middle-range scores (22-26) are assigned to the student who will show critical approach, Higher scores (27-30 e praise) are assigned to the student who will have deepened knowledge of the subject in an autonomous way, for example by consulting critical editions or by making comparisons on single editions of texts or different edition criteria.
The preparation, in agreement with the teacher, of a short essay, from which will start the exam, is required.

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