cod. 22952

Academic year 2022/23
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 a 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 studying, in an autonomous way, the developments of the discipline.


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Course unit content

The textual tradition of the Archaic Greek Poetry.

The textual tradition of the archaic Greek poetry is a complex and miscellaneous field of studies. A case of particular importance is given by ancient Greek iambography, a literary genre that was studied and carefully published since the ancient times.
Some texts will be analyzed with special attention to the witnesses who have handed down them to us. In addition, aspects of Greek philology and the ecdosis of the text will be highlighted.
1) Reading, translations, and commentary on selected fragments.
2) Additional details will be assigned during the course. a) Knowledge of ancient Greek textual tradition 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) Archiloco. Testimonianze e frammenti, traduzione e note di commento di A. Nicolosi, Roma (Aracne Editrice) 2017 [disponibile anche in PDF]; A. Nicolosi, Ipponatte, Epodi di Strasburgo. Archiloco, Epodi di Colonia. Con un’appendice su P. Oxy. LXIX 4708, Bologna (Pàtron Editore) 2007; 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].
Are recomended: M.L. West, Iambi et elegi Graeci, vol. 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.
2) a) 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) 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 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 (textual tradition and criticism) 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, 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.

Other information

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