History of Classical Tradition LT (i) (2017/2018)

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Name of lecturer
Francesco Lupi
Francesco Lupi
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Second half of Semester 2 dal Apr 23, 2018 al Jun 9, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to introduce the student to the knowledge of the ‘survival’ of classics beyond the ancient world. It will focus on some relevant aspects of the tradition and reception of Greek and Latin literature in postclassical times.

At the end of the course, students must be able to show:

1) that they have acquired an adequate knowledge of the concepts of ‘classical tradition’ and ‘classical reception’ in their essential features;
2) that they have acquired a thorough knowledge of Euripides’ ‘Medea’ and its main thematic and hermeneutic aspects;
3) that they have acquired an adequate knowledge of some of the main literary rewritings of the myth and the figure of Medea both in graeco-roman antiquity and in the modern era.
4) that they can autonomously and critically assess analogies and differences between the literary works analysed in class.


The course will consist of two parts. The first part will aim to provide a general introduction to the study of the subject and the basic conceptual and theoretical references (concepts of ‘tradition’, ‘classical reception’, etc.). The second part will focus on the figure of Medea and its fortune from classical antiquity to some of the most relevant literary works featuring the heroine in modern and contemporary times.

In addition to the texts found in the box underneath (‘Reference books’), further bibliography will be provided in class.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
R. Lauriola Medea, in R. Lauriola, K.N. Demetriou (eds), Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Euripides, pp. 377-442 Brill, Leiden – Boston 2015
M.G. Ciani (a cura di) Medea. Variazioni sul mito Marsilio, Venezia 2001
C. Martindale Reception, in C.W. Kallendorf (ed.), A Companion to the Classical Tradition. Blackwell, Malden, MA – Oxford – Victoria 2007
L. Hardwick Reception Studies. Oxford University Press, Oxford 2003 Capitoli I (‘From the Classical Tradition to Reception Studies’), II (‘Reception within Antiquity’), IV (‘Staging Receptions’).
A. Rodighiero Rinarrare l’antico: parole e immagini, in D. Lanza, G. Ugolini (a cura di), Storia della filologia classica. Carocci editore, Roma 2016

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination (for both students who attended the course and students who did not).
Students who have not attended the course are kindly requested to contact the lecturer prior to the examination by sending an email to francesco.lupi@univr.it.

The exam will aim to ascertain the student’s analytical knowledge of the course’s contents and the acquisition of the following skills:
• establishing relationships between literary works of the ancient world and their later reworking, with specific focus on the figure and myth of Medea and their fortune;
• exposing the course’s contents in a clear and reasoned way and further expanding on them through personal critical assessment.