cod. 1005515

Academic year 2022/23
3° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Lingua e letteratura greca (L-FIL-LET/02)
Attività formative affini o integrative
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

The course aims to provide the basic knowledge, both historical-literary and linguistic, of the discipline. The student will acquire:
1. Knowledge and understanding:
– well-rounded knowledge regarding the study of the subject: in particular, history of Greek language and Greek dialectology;
– he/she will be prompted to becoming acquainted with Greek language studies.
2. Knowledge and understanding skills applied:
– the student will develop the skill required to read Greek texts (also with critical edition);
– he/she will become acquainted with bibliographical and linguistic sources, and he/she will be able to use them.
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 studying, in an autonomous way, the developments of the discipline.


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Course unit content

The Greek epigram of the Hellenistic and Imperial Age.

The Greek epigram has a great development in the Hellenistic and Imperial age. In a rich and wide framework, the language and style of the epigrams of Meleager of Gadara will be analyzed. In addition, aspects of historical grammar and Greek dialects will be highlighted.
1. linguistic, stylistic, philological, and literary analysis.
2. Additional details will be assigned during the course. a) Knowledge of the history of Greek language, grammar, and textual criticism; b) A selection of texts.

Full programme

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


1. Meleagro. Epigrammi, a c. di G. Guidorizzi, Milano (Mondadori) 1992.
In addition: Antologia Palatina, a c. di F. Conca, M. Marzi, G. Zanetto, voll. I-III, Torino (UTET) 2005-2011; Antologia Palatina, a c. di F.M. Pontani, I-IV, Torino (G. Einaudi) 1979-1981.
Are recommended: A.S.F. Gow-D.L. Page, The Greek Anthology. Hellenistic Epigrams, voll. I-II, Cambridge (Cambridge University Press) 1965. Additional critical essay will be assigned during the course.
2. a) Storia delle lingue letterarie greche, a c. di A.C. Cassio, 2 ed., Firenze (Le Monnier) 2016 (Introduzione); b) A. Nicolosi, Archiloco. Elegie, Bologna (Pàtron Editore) 2013; E. Degani-G. Burzacchini, Lirici greci. Antologia, 2 ed., Bologna (Pàtron Editore) 2005. Additional 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 (in attendance) with reading, translation, and commentary of texts; the teaching material (recording link, slide, etc.) will be available on the Elly platform. Discussion with students about textual and exegetical problems; seminars.

Assessment methods and criteria

The final assessment is an oral exam (in attendance) to ascertain familiarity with course material. The exam is divided into a series of three types of questions:
– the student will prove to be able to read, translate, analyze and comment (with linguistic comment) texts studied during the course (1);
– the student will prove to have linguistic knowledge and skills (2.b);
– the student will prove to have acquired knowledge of the topics (2.a).
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 failure 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) is 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 cum laude) are assigned to the student who will have deepened knowledge of the subject in an autonomous way.

Other information

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