Greek Literature (i) (2018/2019)

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Francesco Lupi
Francesco Lupi
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Sem. 1A dal Sep 24, 2018 al Nov 10, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide Students with an adequate understanding of the literary institutions of ancient Greece, analyzed in terms both of their history and their structures and placed within the major framework of European cultural tradition. Students will be guided in reading ancient Greek texts – or extracts thereof – in the original language. The course will focus on, but will not be limited to, texts from the Archaic and Classical periods.
At the end of the course Students will
- know the main textual typologies of Greek Literature;
- have an adequate knowledge of the history, development, and authors of Greek Literature up to the classical period;
- be able to place, in terms both of chronology and literary history, metre, and language, the texts under scrutiny;
- be able to introduce and explain in their own words and with appropriate language the texts that the course focuses on;
- be able to translate and comment upon both the texts analyzed in class and others forming part of the programme.


The course aims to examine two prominent literary texts relating to the myth of Medea and the Argonauts. Students will be guided in reading in the original language and understanding Pindar, Pythian 4, and a selection of passages from Euripides’ Medea. Both texts will be also commented upon in class. Students will also be required to read, in the original language, Homer, Odyssey, Book 12.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
D.J. Mastronarde (ed.) Euripides, ‘Medea’ Cambridge University Press (‘Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics’), Cambridge 2002
A. Porro, W. Lapini, con la collaborazione di C. Bevegni Letteratura greca Il Mulino, Bologna 2017
A. Heubeck (introduzione, testo e commento), G.A. Privitera (traduzione) Omero, ‘Odissea’, vol. III (libri IX-XII) Mondadori (‘Fondazione L. Valla’), Milano 1988
B. Gentili (testo critico e traduzione), P. Angeli Bernardini, E. Cingano, B. Gentili, P. Giannini (commento) Pindaro, ‘Pitiche’ Mondadori (‘Fondazione L. Valla’), Milano 2006
A.C. Cassio Storia della lingua greca Le Monnier, Firenze 2016 Cap. 5, ‘L’epica’ (E. Passa)

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination (both for regularly attending students and non attending students).

The oral examination aims to evaluate the Students’
(a) analytical knowledge of the course’s topics;
(b) their ability to translate and comment upon the selected Greek texts, with specific focus on stylistic and linguistic features;
(c) their ability to establish connections between the texts and to evaluate them on the backdrop of their historical and cultural contests.