cod. 00556

Academic year 2021/22
1° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Lingua e letteratura greca (L-FIL-LET/02)
Filologia, linguistica e letteratura
Type of training activity
60 hours
of face-to-face activities
12 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

This course is essential in order to follow other courses in ancient Greek language and literatur (BA and MA).

- Knowledge and understanding:
students will develop knowledge and comprehension competence in the field of the ancient Greek language and lietrature thanks to the use of different sources regarding foundation topics (historical grammar and metrical and stylistic issues => 12 CFU; the history of Greek literature => 6/12 CFU) and advanced research in this field. The competences will be strengthened and expanded allowing students to elaborate and apply original ideas.

- Applying knowledge and understanding:
students will be able to apply knowledge and comprehension skills in Greek language and literature, needed in order to strengthen their preparation in the field, e.g. for interpreting the critical editions of the Greek texts (12 CFU); also, they will become acquainted with bibliographical and linguistic reference texts (12 CFU). In particular, students will acquire skills needed both to create and support argumentation and to solve problems. 
Comprehension and problem solving skills will be reinforced and applied to new or unfamiliar topics, belonging to wider or interdisciplinary contexts related to their field of study.

- Making judgements:
students will be able to collect and interpret data to determine autonomous judgements in in the field of ancient Greek language and literature, including cross-cultural and interdisciplinary thinking on cultural and intercultural, scientific and ethical topics connected to the judgements expressed. 
Students will be able to integrate their knowledge, manage complexity and make judgements based on limited or incomplete data.
- Communication skills:
 thanks to the specific focus on communication competences and in particular on the development and use of mediation skills, students will be able to convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to specialists and non-specialists. 
Students can make conclusions clearly and through the support of their knowledge. They will also be able to explain the reasons for their conclusions.

- Learning skills:
thanks to the general scaffolding of the course, students will develop learning skills useful to continue studying autonomously and in a self-directed way in lifelong learning education.


We recommend a basic knowledge of the Greek language and literature; there will be a preparatory course ("Greek 0"), addressed to those who have not previously dealt with the study of the Greek language (IDEA project). Students of Greek Literature mod. A are invited to arrange their training with the teacher before the start of the course (I part of the I semester); for these students the previous basic knowledge of Greek language and literature is not mandatory.

Course unit content

Sophocles' Antigone: text and interpretation, with reference to the testimonia and fragments of the lost homonymous tragedy of Euripides (I = mod. A). Iliad bk. XII: text and interpretation (II = mod. B).

Full programme


For the text and the translation of the works above mentioned, reference editions will be recommended at the beginning of the course. For the institutional part of the examination, including Plato's Protagoras, see the extended program (PDF online at ELLY and in classroom from the beginning of the course). Students of Greek Literature mod. A will find in the extended version of the program the bibliography related to their exam (history of Greek literature; two works at choice; optionally, an essay at choice).

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 (IDEA project). Furthermore, some of the arguments, concerning the history of Greek literature (theater, epic) are offered in blended mode through the Elly teaching platform.

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 (6/12 CFU); 2) good reading and translation of Greek texts (12 CFU); 3) critical and interpretation skills along the ability to produce personal reinterpretation (12 CFU); 4) oral proficiency; correct use of language; ability to give proper answers to the questions (6/12 CFU). In more detail:
a fail is determined by the lack of an understanding of the minimum content of the course, the inability to express oneself adequately, by a lack of autonomous preparation, the inability to solve problems related to information retrieval and the decoding of complex texts, as well as an inability to make independent judgments. A pass (18-23/30) is determined by the student’s possession of the minimum, fundamental contents of the course, an adequate level of autonomous preparation and ability to solve problems related to information retrieval and the decoding of complex texts, as well as an acceptable level of ability in making independent judgments. Middle-range scores (24-27/30) are assigned to the student who produces evidence of a more than sufficient level (24-25/30) or good level (26-27/30) in the evaluation indicators listed above. Higher scores (from 28/30 to 30/30 cum laude) are awarded on the basis of the student’s demonstration of a very good or excellent level in the evaluation indicators listed above.

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