History of Greek Language (m) (2017/2018)

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Andrea Rodighiero
Andrea Rodighiero
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Second half of Semester 1 dal Nov 13, 2017 al Jan 20, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students should have acquired deep knowledge of the language, the metrics, and the main themes of the Homeric and epic poetry. They also should be able to analyze, to comment and to translate Greek texts (with special reference to the Homeric language).


1. The origins of the Greek epic
2. Phonology and morphology of the Homeric language
3. The Odyssey (VI-VIII particularly)

A. Ercolani, Omero, Roma, Carocci, 2006.
B. Gentili, P. Giannini, Preistoria e formazione dell’esametro, in: «Quaderni Urbinati di Cultura Classica» 26 (1977), pp. 7-51.

A.C. Cassio [a cura di], Storia delle lingue letterarie greche. Seconda edizione, Firenze, Le Monnier, 2016, chap. 5: L’epica, di E. Passa).

Main instruments:
P. Chantraine, Morphologie historique du grec, Paris, Klincksieck, 1961; M. Lejeune, Phonétique historique du mycénien et du grec ancien, Paris, Klincksieck, 1972; P. Chantraine, Grammaire homérique I-II, nuovelle édition revue et corrigée par M. Casevitz, Paris, Klincksieck, 2013-2014; P. Chantraine, Dictionnaire étymologique de la langue grecque, Paris, Klincksieck, 2009(2); Lexikon des frühgriechischen Epos, begründet von B. Snell, Göttingen, Vandenhoeck&Ruprecht, 1955-2010; A.F. Garvie, The Odyssey, VI-VIII, CUP, Cambridge 1994.

Further readings:
M. Parry, The Traditional Epithet in Homer, in: The Making of Homeric Verse. The Collected Papers of Milman Parry, ed. by A. Parry, Oxford, Clarendon Press 1971, pp. 1-190.

Odissea, voll. I-VI, a cura di S. West, J.B. Hainsworth, A. Heubeck, A. Hoekstra, J. Russo, M. Fernández-Galiano, trad. it. di G.A. Privitera, Mondadori, Milano 1981-1986.
Odissea, a cura di V. Di Benedetto, trad. di V. Di Benedetto e P. Fabrini, BUR, Milano 2010.
S.L. Schein, Homeric Epic and its Reception. Interpretive Essays, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2015 (saggi scelti).

(More material will be made available during the lessons)

Scheduled lessons:
lectures (36 hours)

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
S.L. Schein Homeric Epic and its Reception. Interpretive Essays OUP, Oxford 2015
P. Chantraine Morphologie historique du grec Klincksieck, Paris 1961
S. West, J.B. Hainsworth, A. Heubeck, A. Hoekstra, J. Russo, M. Fernández-Galiano (cur.) Odissea Mondadori, Fondazione L. Valla, Milano 1981 In 6 volumi, più volte ristampati, ora anche in formato tascabile
V. Di Benedetto Odissea BUR, Milano 2010
A. Ercolani Omero Carocci, Roma 2006
P. Chantraine P. Chantraine, Grammaire homérique I-II, nouvelle édition revue et corrigée par M. Casevitz Klincksieck, Paris 2009

Assessment methods and criteria

The oral examination aims at evaluating the student's knowledge, with special reference to the texts read during the lectures and to the general aspects of Greek epic (cf. the Companion in the Syllabus).

Erasmus students will be informed during the lectures about the oral examination.