Greek Literature (m) (2014/2015)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Guido Avezzu'
Guido Avezzu'
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Other available courses
Academic sector
Language of instruction
semestrino IA, Semestrino IB

Lesson timetable

semestrino IA
Day Time Type Place Note
Thursday 10:10 AM - 11:50 AM lesson Lecture Hall 1.3  
Friday 10:10 AM - 11:50 AM lesson Lecture Hall 1.3  
Semestrino IB
Day Time Type Place Note
Thursday 10:10 AM - 11:50 AM lesson Lecture Hall 1.3  
Friday 10:10 AM - 11:00 AM lesson Lecture Hall 1.3  

Learning outcomes

This course aims at refining the historic and structural understanding of the ancient Greek literature through the philological and interpretative analysis of the original works.


1) Aristophanes, Wasps, ed. with intr. and comm. by D.M. MacDowell, Oxord U. P. 1971 (1988 paperback). It is recommended to read the comedy, at least in translation, before the course begins.
2) E. Csapo, “Performing Comedy in the 5th through Early 3rd Centuries”, A. Makres, “Dionysiac Festivals in Athens and the Financing of Comic Performances”, I. Storey, “The First Poets of Old Comedy”, M. Telò, “The Last Laugh: Eupolis, Strattis, and Plato against Aristophanes”, B. Zimmermann, “Aristophanes”, and A.C. Scafuro, “Menander”, in: AM. Fontaine and C. Scafuro (eds), The Oxford handbook of Greek and Roman comedy, Oxford U. P. 2014. On the language of Attic comedy and tragedy: S. Kazko, “La tragedia” and M. Bellocchi, “Epicarmo e la commedia attica antica”, in: A.C. Cassio (ed.), Storia delle lingue letterarie greche, Firenze, Le Monnier 2008, pp. 248-59 e 260-91.
3) History of Greek literature: every good and up-to-date handbook. A good orientation on the modern literary criticism applied to the ancient texts is given by Th.A. Schmitz, Modern Literary Theory and Ancient Texts. An Introduction, Malden (Mass.), Blackwell 2007, and I.J.F. De Jong and J.P. Sullivan (eds), Modern critical theory and classical literature, Leiden, Brill 1994.
4) Further bibliographical information shall be given by the lecturer and published at:

 (1st term): Thursday and Friday, 10.10-11.50.

Assessment methods and criteria

Paper and oral exam.