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HISTORY OF THE GREEK THEATRE
STORIA DEL TEATRO GRECO

A.Y. Credits
2024/2025 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Liana Lomiento Immediately after class, Professor's office, San Girolamo Library
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English French
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

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Curriculum: PERCORSO COMUNE
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Learning Objectives

The student will acquire basic information on ancient theatre's material and structural aspects (actor, chorus, material organisation of the performance, agonal occasion, stage space, audience) and the history of the transmission of dramatic texts from the 'first' performance to the present day.

Through the reading of Andromache by Euripides, the student will practise understanding a dramatic text from the classical age in its rhetorical-communicative, metric-musical, thematic, and historical-literary dimensions and in terms of theatrical dynamics.

Program

The course will begin (weeks I-II) with a general introduction to Attic theatre, in its historical-evolutionary aspects (from the initial phases to the moment of maturity), and historical-cultural aspects (society, historical events), as well as in its material aspects (the form of the theatre building, the mask, the actors) and dramaturgical aspects (stage space, theatrical machines, roles and movements on stage).

It will continue (week III) by illustrating the figure and work of Euripides, whose tragedy will be the specific object of reading and analysis.

The remaining portion of the course (weeks III-VI) will be entirely dedicated to the reading of Andromache, whose text will be translated and commented on from a historical-cultural point of view regarding plot and scenic-dramaturgical aspects and stage communication.

Bridging Courses

A preliminary knowledge of ancient Greek is not required.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

The student will be guided to an essential knowledge of Classical Greek theatre, and to the ability to independently read a classical theatrical text with the complexity it involves.

From the point of view of the information obtained, the student will acquire an in-depth knowledge of issues relating to the transmission of the text, its performance and representation on the stage, the treatment of the plot in relation to the mythographical tradition.

More generally, the process of analytical reading of the chosen text will have important consequences on the student's ability to deal proficiently with independent, rigorous reading of every kind of source (literary, historiographical, etc.), and to develop analytical skills of close reading, synthesis and critical thinking on the data and sources.

From the educational point of view, the students will deepen their awareness of specific methodological aspects characterizing literary research and, in particular, his/her dramatic and aesthetic sensitivity to the formal aspects of the poetic and rhetorical and, namely, theatrical discourse.

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

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Teaching

Front lessons and teaching material in blended mode

Innovative teaching methods

Students' seminars in the classroom.

Attendance

To be counted as “attending”, students must participate in at least 50% of teaching hours and, for example, have completed any classwork, exercises or other activities the lecturer organised during the course.

Course books

1. Reference edition for the text read and commented on in class (mandatory):

Euripide. Andromaca, a cura di Umberto Albini, Milano, Garzanti, 1993 e successive ristampe

2. Reference Manual (mandatory)

Anna Maria Belardinelli, Lo spettacolo teatrale dei Greci. Tecniche drammatiche e messa in scena, Città di Castello, Le Monnier Università, 2023

3. Supplementary readings (mandatory)

 a. The student is required to read the volume

Hanna M. Roisman, Euripides: Andromache, BLOOMSBURY ACADEMIC, London, New York, Dublin, 2023

Susanna Phillippo, "A future for Astyanax": alternative and imagined futures for Hector's son in classical and European drama, International Journal of the Classical Tradition , December, 2007, Vol. 14, No. 3/4 (December, 2007), pp. 321-374

Andromaca / Jean Racine ; a cura di Mario Luzi ; cronologia raciniana, nota critica e bibliografia di Carmine Zeppieri, RCS Libri, Milano 1980

b. The student is required to read the following works of ancient theatre in Italian translation:

- Aristofane, Lysistrata

- Euripide, Troian Women

- Euripide, Hecuba

The texts indicated among the supplementary readings will be uploaded by the lecturer in pdf format on the Moodle platform (blended.uniurb.it)

Assessment

The assessment of learning will take the form of an individual oral interview based on the reference texts for the examination. It is intended to assess both the student's learning of the contents and his or her ability to rework and argue.

The following will be assessed as excellent: the student's possession of good critical and in-depth skills; the ability to link together the main themes addressed in the course; the use of appropriate language with respect to the specific nature of the discipline.

The following will result in fair marks: the student's possession of a mnemonic knowledge of the contents; a relative critical capacity and the ability to connect the topics dealt with; the use of appropriate language.

Sufficient marks will be awarded: the student's attainment of a minimal knowledge of the topics dealt with, even in the presence of some formative gaps; the use of inappropriate language.

The following will result in negative assessments: difficulties in the orientation of the student with regard to the topics dealt with in the examination texts; formative gaps; the use of inappropriate language.

Disability and Specific Learning Disorders (SLD)

Students who have registered their disability certification or SLD certification with the Inclusion and Right to Study Office can request to use conceptual maps (for keywords) during exams.

To this end, it is necessary to send the maps, two weeks before the exam date, to the course instructor, who will verify their compliance with the university guidelines and may request modifications.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Teaching

Blended learning will be activated.

Attendance

The student is required to observe carefully the program indicated in the syllabus.


In case of specific needs, requiring a variation of the indicated program, the student should contact the teacher to arrange an alternative program.

Course books

1. Reference edition for the text read and commented on in class (mandatory):

Euripide. Andromaca, a cura di Umberto Albini, Milano, Garzanti, 1993 e successive ristampe

2. Reference Manual (mandatory)

Anna Maria Belardinelli, Lo spettacolo teatrale dei Greci. Tecniche drammatiche e messa in scena, Città di Castello, Le Monnier Università, 2023

3. Supplementary readings (mandatory)

 a. The student is required to read the volume

Hanna M. Roisman, Euripides: Andromache, BLOOMSBURY ACADEMIC, London, New York, Dublin, 2023

Susanna Phillippo, "A future for Astyanax": alternative and imagined futures for Hector's son in classical and European drama, International Journal of the Classical Tradition , December, 2007, Vol. 14, No. 3/4 (December, 2007), pp. 321-374

Andromaca / Jean Racine ; a cura di Mario Luzi ; cronologia raciniana, nota critica e bibliografia di Carmine Zeppieri, RCS Libri, Milano 1980

b. The student is required to read the following works of ancient theatre in Italian translation:

- Aristofane, Lysistrata

- Euripide, Troian Women

- Euripide, Hecuba

The texts indicated among the supplementary readings will be uploaded by the lecturer in pdf format on the Moodle platform (blended.uniurb.it)

Assessment

The assessment of learning will take the form of an individual oral interview based on the reference texts for the examination. It is intended to assess both the student's learning of the contents and his or her ability to rework and argue.

The following will be assessed as excellent: the student's possession of good critical and in-depth skills; the ability to link together the main themes addressed in the course; the use of appropriate language with respect to the specific nature of the discipline.

The following will result in fair marks: the student's possession of a mnemonic knowledge of the contents; a relative critical capacity and the ability to connect the topics dealt with; the use of appropriate language.

Sufficient marks will be awarded: the student's attainment of a minimal knowledge of the topics dealt with, even in the presence of some formative gaps; the use of inappropriate language.

The following will result in negative assessments: difficulties in the orientation of the student with regard to the topics dealt with in the examination texts; formative gaps; the use of inappropriate language.

Disability and Specific Learning Disorders (SLD)

Students who have registered their disability certification or SLD certification with the Inclusion and Right to Study Office can request to use conceptual maps (for keywords) during exams.

To this end, it is necessary to send the maps, two weeks before the exam date, to the course instructor, who will verify their compliance with the university guidelines and may request modifications.

Notes

The texts indicated in the supplementary readings will be uploaded by the teacher in pdf format on the Moodle platform (blended.uniurb.it)

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