cod. 1005527

Academic year 2023/24
1° year of course - Second semester
- Gualtiero ROTA
Academic discipline
Filologia classica (L-FIL-LET/05)
Discipline linguistiche, filologiche e metodologiche
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Integrated course unit module: CLASSICAL TRADITION AND PALEOGRAPHY

Learning objectives

The first part of the course aims to introduce students to the tools necessary for a solid understanding of the institutions of Classical Tradition History.

The second part, which is of a monographic nature, aims to deepen the historical, cultural, and literary dynamics that contribute to the tradition of the classical text and beyond.

- Knowledge and Understanding:
The teaching of Classical Tradition History will enable students to develop a critical understanding of the formal, substantive, and literary aspects of the history of the classical tradition. This knowledge will be acquired and supported through targeted teaching interventions, including lectures, seminars, and exercises.

- Applying Knowledge and Understanding:
The study of the historical and cultural context and the synoptic analysis of the most characteristic aspects of the history of the tradition will lead to an understanding of the developmental lines underlying the survival and tradition of the text. This knowledge will provide students with a significant expansion of their literary horizon, as well as the ability to better contextualize historical and literary aspects that, although ancient, are essential for a more complete understanding of the dynamics underlying the tradition of texts.

- Autonomy of Judgment:
Upon completion of the course, students, based on their analytical knowledge of both theoretical and linguistic aspects, as well as literary foundations, should have developed the ability to gather data and critically interpret texts. They should also be able to formulate independent and well-founded judgments about the texts and the socio-cultural context in which they are embedded.

- Communication Skills:
By the end of the course, students should have acquired the ability to effectively communicate literary and non-literary content and to develop coherent transversal historical-literary paths.

- Learning Skills:
The theoretical and disciplinary engagement should provide students with a certain methodological mastery and learning skills that will be useful for future professions related to teaching and communication.



Course unit content

The first part of the course will focus on the introduction to History of Classical tradition, institutions and critical methodology, with particular reference to intertextuality and hypertextuality.

The second part of the course will focus on misunderstandings and misinterpretations in the History of Textual Tradition.

Full programme


1) S. Tatti, Classico: storia di una parola, Roma 2015;
2) Selection of papers (assigned during class).

Non-attending students must get in contact the the teacher for information on bibliography

Teaching methods

The teaching, delivered in-person with the provision of short recordings and supplementary materials, consists of lectures supported by weekly tutoring, both in-person and online.

Through the lectures, students will be introduced to a methodological approach to texts that takes into account the literary genres and unique characteristics of the authors being studied. In addition to the lectures, other teaching activities such as exercises and tutoring will be provided to support students in acquiring the necessary skills for proper reading and translation of the texts. The assisted teaching activities will be organized according to the different needs and levels of preparation of the students following the course.

Assessment methods and criteria

For the purpose of evaluation, an oral examination is planned on the different parts of the curriculum with the objective of assessing:

- The correct critical understanding of the formal, substantial, and literary aspects of the history of the classical tradition.

- The comprehension of the fundamental developmental lines of the classical tradition and the content of the examined literary texts.

- The ability to gather data and critically interpret ancient texts, as well as to formulate independent and well-founded judgments about them and the socio-cultural context in which they are situated.

- The ability to develop clear transversal historical-literary paths.

Evaluation Criteria:

Clarity of presentation, language proficiency, ability to rework content, capacity for interdisciplinary connections, use of specialized vocabulary, relevance of responses to the questions posed.

A passing grade will be achieved with a correct response to 60% of the questions, adhering to the aforementioned criteria.

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