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INTRODUCTION TO ANCIENT GREEK LITERATURE
ISTITUZIONI DI LETTERATURA GRECA

Greeks and barbarians in the literature of the fifth and fourth centuries at Athens
Greci e barbari nella letteratura attica di età classica

A.Y. Credits
2019/2020 12
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Maria Grazia Fileni At the end of the lessons in via Veterani, 36

Assigned to the Degree Course

Humanities, Cultural Heritage Studies and Philosophy (L-10)
Curriculum: ARCHEOLOGICO E FILOLOGICO-LETTERARIO CLASSICO
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Learning Objectives

The course proposes the study of a topical subject in the literature of the classical period: the description of the 'other' in the athenian culture, that is to say either the 'non-Greek' or the 'non-Athenian. The topic will be discussed by means of the reading of Aristophanes' Acharnians and Isocrates' Panegyric.

The goal of the course is to provide the student with:

- the necessary skills to read in the original language literary works concerning the concept of 'otherness' in the ancient Greek society;

- the skill to understand deeply the linguistic structures and, by them, the contexts, meanings and functions of the poems analysed;

- the methodological tools to study a specific political and social concept considered in its diachronic evolution;

- the skills and the tools to face a similar study also with regard to other important concepts of the Greek context expressed by literary works, through a study consistent with the professional figure of the student.

Program

In the first part of the course (first Semester) the students will translate and comment on some important passages concerning the concept of 'otherness', from epic (Homer), historiography (Herodot, Thucydides), phliosophy (Antiphon, Plato Aristotle), medicine (Hippocrates). The students will translate and comment on Aristophanes' Acharnians analysing it from metric, linguistic and literary points of view.

In the second part of the course (second semester) the students will translate and comment on Isocrates' Panegyric., particularly from the rhetorical point of view. 

Students are required to learn about all subjects taught in the course; they have to show a good knowledge of Greek literature, of its phases and main authors, with a particular attention to the evolution of literary genres.

Bridging Courses

A solid knowledge of the ancient Greek language.

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. They will develop expository and argumentative skills, methodology of studying, critical autonomy in order to prepare for deeper further studies in this field.

At the end of the course the student will be acquired:

Knowledge and understanding

- Knowledge of the topics addressed during the course;

- knowledge of the main lines of literature development from the origins to the imperial age, with particular attention to the main authors and the various literary genres;

- the skill to critically orientate in the study of Greek literature in synchronous and diachronic sense.

Applying knowledge and understanding

- knowledge and understanding of specific features of the main works and the topics related to Greek literature;

- the skill to understand the original language texts by textual analysis and translation.

Making judgements

- the skill to acquire the specific knowledge in the field of the Greek language and literature in view of the elaboration of autonomous judgments.

Communication skills

- the skill to express the knowledge acquired in the field of Greek language and literature in a clear and precise way;

- the skill to argue topics and issues in this specific field of study.

Learning skills

- the skill to analyse and understand Greek texts;

- the skill to investigate literary problems concerning Greek literature;

- the skill to self-build strings of investigation and linguistic deepening. 

 

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

Educational seminars and conferences may be added to this course.


Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

Traditional classroom lessons and exercises.      

Attendance

Active participation in the lessons is strongly advised.

Course books

    

For the edition of Aristophanes' Aristophanes' Acharnians: S. D. Olson, Aristophanes. Acharnians, Oxford 2002 (Oxford Unversity Press); for the translation: Commedie di Aristofane I, a cura di G. Mastromarco, Torino 2007 (UTET) or D. Lanza (ed.), Aristofane. Acarnesi, Roma 2012 (Carocci); about some specific characters  of this comedy: R. Pretagostini, 'Aristofane 'etnologo': il mondo persiano nella falsa ambasceria del prologo degli Acarnesi', Seminari romani di  cultura greca 1, 1, 1998, pp. 41-56. For  the biography and works of Aristophanes: G. Mastromarco, Introduzione a Aristofane, Roma-Bari 1994 (Laterza).

For the edition of Isocrates' PanegyricOpere di Isocrate, a cura di M. Marzi, vol. I, Torino 1991 (UTET) o  C. Ghirga-R. Romussi, Isocrate. Orazioni, Milano 1993 (BUR). For isocratean political theory and rhetoric: L. Porciani 'L'ideologia politica del Panegirico di Isocrate', Annali Scuola Normale Pisa 1, 1996, pp. 31-39. The students will read A. Masaracchia, Isocrate: retorica e politica, Roma 1995 (GEI) or R. Nicolai, Studi su Isocrate: la comunicazione letteraria nel IV sec. a. C. e i nuovi generi della prosa, Roma 2004 (Quasar).

For a general view of the topic is recommended the reading of one of the following texts: E. Hall, Inventing the barbarian. Greek Self-Definition through Tragedy, Oxford 1991 (Clarendon Paperbacks), pp. IX- 55; C. Bearzot, I Greci e gli altri. Convivenza e integrazione, Roma 2012 (Salerno Editrice); M. E. De Luna, La comunicazione linguistica fra alloglotti nel mondo greco. Da Omero a Senofonte, Pisa 2003 (ETS); A. Cozzo, Stranieri. Figure dell'altro nella Grecia antica, Trapani 2014 (Di Girolamo). 

It is also recommended: 

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); L. E. Rossi – R. Nicolai, Lezioni di letteratura greca, Firenze 2011 (Le Monnier); L. Canfora, Storia della letteratura greca, Bari 20162 (Laterza); A. Porro – W. Lapini, Letteratura greca, Bologna 2017 (Il Mulino).

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.

About the assessment:

Excellent - students who demonstrate: an excellent knowledge of ancient Greek language and literature; good critical and in-depth skills; a solid ability to connect the main issues addressed in the course; use of appropriate language for the specific discipline.

Good - students who demonstrate: a good knowledge of ancient Greek language and literature; a good knowledge of the contents, lacking however strong critical and in-depth skills; a modest ability to connect the various issues dealt with: use of appropriate language for the specific discipline.

Sufficient - students who demonstrate: a sufficient knowledge of ancient Greek language and literature; basic knowledge of the topics dealt with, despite some possible weaknesses; use of inappropriate language.

Negative - students who demonstrate: an insufficient knowledge of ancient Greek language and literature; insufficient knowledge of the topics dealt with; significant difficulties; use of inappropriate language.

   

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Didactics

There are no teaching methods in e-learning.

Attendance

The programm for non-attending students is the same as for attending students. 

Non-attending students can contact the teacher for explanations. 

Course books

For the edition of Aristophanes' Aristophanes' Acharnians: S. D. Olson, Aristophanes. Acharnians, Oxford 2002 (Oxford Unversity Press); for the translation: Commedie di Aristofane I, a cura di G. Mastromarco, Torino 2007 (UTET) or D. Lanza (ed.), Aristofane. Acarnesi, Roma 2012 (Carocci); about some specific characters  of this comedy: R. Pretagostini, 'Aristofane 'etnologo': il mondo persiano nella falsa ambasceria del prologo degli Acarnesi', Seminari romani di  cultura greca 1, 1, 1998, pp. 41-56. For  the biography and works of Aristophanes: G. Mastromarco, Introduzione a Aristofane, Roma-Bari 1994 (Laterza).

For the edition of Isocrates' PanegyricOpere di Isocrate, a cura di M. Marzi, vol. I, Torino 1991 (UTET) o  C. Ghirga-R. Romussi, Isocrate. Orazioni, Milano 1993 (BUR). For isocratean political theory and rhetoric: L. Porciani 'L'ideologia politica del Panegirico di Isocrate', Annali Scuola Normale Pisa 1, 1996, pp. 31-39. The students will read A. Masaracchia, Isocrate: retorica e politica, Roma 1995 (GEI) or R. Nicolai, Studi su Isocrate: la comunicazione letteraria nel IV sec. a. C. e i nuovi generi della prosa, Roma 2004 (Quasar).

For a general view of the topic is recommended the reading of one of the following texts: E. Hall, Inventing the barbarian. Greek Self-Definition through Tragedy, Oxford 1991 (Clarendon Paperbacks), pp. IX- 55; C. Bearzot, I Greci e gli altri. Convivenza e integrazione, Roma 2012 (Salerno Editrice); M. E. De Luna, La comunicazione linguistica fra alloglotti nel mondo greco. Da Omero a Senofonte, Pisa 2003 (ETS); A. Cozzo, Stranieri. Figure dell'altro nella Grecia antica, Trapani 2014 (Di Girolamo). 

It is also recommended: 

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); L. E. Rossi – R. Nicolai, Lezioni di letteratura greca, Firenze 2011 (Le Monnier); L. Canfora, Storia della letteratura greca, Bari 20162 (Laterza); A. Porro – W. Lapini, Letteratura greca, Bologna 2017 (Il Mulino).

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.

About the assessment:

Excellent - students who demonstrate: an excellent knowledge of ancient Greek language and literature; good critical and in-depth skills; a solid ability to connect the main issues addressed in the course; use of appropriate language for the specific discipline.

Good - students who demonstrate: a good knowledge of ancient Greek language and literature; a good knowledge of the contents, lacking however strong critical and in-depth skills; a modest ability to connect the various issues dealt with: use of appropriate language for the specific discipline.

Sufficient - students who demonstrate: a sufficient knowledge of ancient Greek language and literature; basic knowledge of the topics dealt with, despite some possible weaknesses; use of inappropriate language.

Negative - students who demonstrate: an insufficient knowledge of ancient Greek language and literature; insufficient knowledge of the topics dealt with; significant difficulties; use of inappropriate language.

   

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