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INTRODUCTION TO ANCIENT GREEK LITERATURE I-II
ISTITUZIONI DI LETTERATURA GRECA I-II

“Sing, o goddess, the ire of Achilles son of Peleus…”: Book I of the Iliad
“Cantami, o diva, del Pelide Achille l'ira funesta…”: il I libro dell’Iliade.

A.Y. Credits
2016/2017 12
Lecturer Mail Office hours for students
Maria Grazia Fileni monday, 14-16

Assigned to the Degree Course

Humanities, Cultural Heritage Studies and Philosophy (L-10)
Curriculum: ARCHEOLOGICO E FILOLOGICO-LETTERARIO CLASSICO
Giorno Orario Aula

Learning Objectives

The course is structured in two parts: - the reading of Book 1 of the Iliad, a fundamental text of both ancient Greek literature and Western literature, characterized by specific aspects of the linguistic and poetic register; - the reading of a work in prose (Rhetoric, Book III), which expresses the rhetoric theories of Aristoteles, a work still valid for the study of persuasive argument. The course provides the students with the correct methodological and critical tools as well as the necessary skills to reach a deeper understanding of the two works.

Program

In the introductory part of the reading of the Iliad the students will confront the following general topics: the formation of the Homeric poems, the oral composition and transmission, the role of the   rhapsodoi, th style of epic poetry, the use of the formulas, the Homeric question, the articulation of the story-telling. The reading of Book I will include the translation and the textual and critical comment, with particular attention to metric, dialectical and formulaic aspects. In addition to the content, the students will focus on reality and images of the Micenean and archaic worlds.

In the second semester the students will read, with translation and commentary, Book III of Rhetoric, with particular attention to the linguistic level, to the translation of the rhetoric lexicon, to the performance of the orator, to the difference between the simple period and the subordinate construction and between oral and written discourse.

Bridging Courses

Knowledge of the Greek language is required. 

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

The students will acquire the fundamental understanding of the ancient Greek literature and of the most important issues. The students must be able to translate, analyse and interpret a text both in verse and in prose. They will develop expository and argumentative skills, methodology of studying, critical autonomy in order to prepare for deeper further studies in this field.

Teaching Material and Supporting Activities

The course will consist of seminars about the themes of the courses.



The teaching material prepared by the lecturer (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises) and specific communications from the lecturer can be found, together with other supporting activities, inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

Traditional classroom lessons and seminars.      

Attendance

Active participation in the lessons is strongly advised.

Course books

For the Iliad choose one of the following editions: Omero. Iliade. Introduzione e traduzione di G. Cerri. Commento di A. Gostoli, con un saggio introduttivo di W. Schadewaldt, Milano 1996 (Rizzoli), or Omero. Iliade. Traduzione di G. Paduano. Saggi introduttivi di G. Paduano e M. S. Mirto, Torino 2012 (Einaudi). For the commentary: G. S. Kirk, The Iliad: a Commentary I (libri 1-4), Cambridge 1985 (Cambridge University Press). A useful introduction to the Homeric epic: A. Ercolani, Omero. Introduzione allo studio dell’epica greca arcaica, Roma 2006 (rist. 2007) (Carocci). For a deeper understanding of the Homeric world: B. Snell, La cultura greca e le origini del pensiero europeo, (trad. it.), Torino 19636, cap. I (‘L’uomo nella concezione di Omero’); J. Russo – B. Simon, ‘Psicologia omerica e tradizione epica orale’, in Quaderni Urbinati di Cultura Classica 12, 1971, pp. 40-61; B. Gentili, Poesia e pubblico nella Grecia antica. Da Omero al V secolo. Edizione aggiornata, Milano 2006 (Feltrinelli), cap. I: ‘Oralità e cultura arcaica’.

For the Rhetoric text the edition: AristoteleRetorica, a cura di S. Gastaldi, Roma 2014 (I rist. 2015) (Carocci). A useful companion: F. Piazza, La Retorica di Aristotele. Introduzione alla lettura, Roma 2014 (Carocci).

For the knowledge of Greek literature: a good manual, as G. Guidorizzi, La letteratura greca. Testi autori società, Milano 1996 (Mondadori Università); G. A. Privitera-R. Pretagostini, Storia e forme della letteratura greca, Milano 1997 (Einaudi Scuola). 

The manual must be integrated with the depth reading of at least three of the literary arguments dealt with in the volumes:  Lo spazio letterario della Grecia antica I-III, Roma 1996 (Salerno Ed.). The texts can be consulted at the Department’s Library.      

Assessment

The exam is in two phases: 1)  a written test, consisting of a translation and a commentary on some of the texts read and analyzed during the course; a written exam will be scheduled for each exam session; if written exam is valid, the student can take the oral exam in the same session; 2)  the oral test will consist of questions on the arguments dealt with in the lessons and on the history of Greek literature. The final grade given will be the average of the grades given in the two phases.    

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Attendance

For non-attending students: please contact the professor at least four months before the date of the exam session.

Course books

For the Iliad choose one of the following editions: Omero. Iliade. Introduzione e traduzione di G. Cerri. Commento di A. Gostoli, con un saggio introduttivo di W. Schadewaldt, Milano 1996 (Rizzoli), or Omero. Iliade. Traduzione di G. Paduano. Saggi introduttivi di G. Paduano e M. S. Mirto, Torino 2012 (Einaudi). For the commentary: G. S. Kirk, The Iliad: a Commentary I (libri 1-4), Cambridge 1985 (Cambridge University Press). A useful introduction to the homeric epic: A. Ercolani, Omero. Introduzione allo studio dell’epica greca arcaica, Roma 2006 (rist. 2007) (Carocci). For a deeper understanding of the homeric world: B. Snell, La cultura greca e le origini del pensiero europeo, (trad. it.), Torino 19636, cap. I (‘L’uomo nella concezione di Omero’); J. Russo – B. Simon, ‘Psicologia omerica e tradizione epica orale’, in Quaderni Urbinati di Cultura Classica 12, 1971, pp. 40-61; B. Gentili, Poesia e pubblico nella Grecia antica. Da Omero al V secolo. Edizione aggiornata, Milano 2006 (Feltrinelli), cap. I: ‘Oralità e cultura arcaica’.

For the Rhetoric text the edition: AristoteleRetorica, a cura di S. Gastaldi, Roma 2014 (I rist. 2015) (Carocci). A useful companion: F. Piazza, La Retorica di Aristotele. Introduzione alla lettura, Roma 2014 (Carocci).

For the knowledge of Greek literature: a good manual, as G. Guidorizzi, La letteratura greca. Testi autori società, Milano 1996 (Mondadori Università); G. A. Privitera-R. Pretagostini, Storia e forme della letteratura greca, Milano 1997 (Einaudi Scuola). 

The manual must be integrated in the in-depth reading of at least five of the literary arguments dealt with in the volumes:  Lo spazio letterario della Grecia antica I-III, Roma 1996 (Salerno Ed.). The texts can be consulted at the Department’s Library.      

Assessment

The exam is in two phases: 1)  a written test, consisting of a translation and a comment on some of the texts read and analyzed during the course; a written exam will be scheduled for each exam session; if written exam is valid, the student can take the oral exam in the same session; 2)  the oral test will consist of questions on the arguments dealt with in the lessons and on the history of Greek literature. The final grade given will be the average of the grades given in the two phases.    

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