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 the texts that have been read in the course as well as of their thematic and hermeneutic aspects;
3) that they have acquired an adequate knowledge of some of the main literary rewritings of the themes and characters of the classical literary civilization both in Greek-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 aims to introduce students to the History of the Classical Tradition through the discipline’s basic conceptual and theoretical references (concepts of ‘tradition’, ‘classical reception’, etc.) and will focus on the figure of Prometheus. Lectures will focus on some of the most relevant literary works featuring Prometheus from classical antiquity to modern and contemporary times.
Prerequisites: a basic knowledge of the classical languages is desirable, but not necessary
In addition to the texts found in the box underneath (‘Reference books’), further bibliography will be provided or suggested in class.
|F. Condello (a cura di)||Prometeo. Variazioni sul mito.||Marsilio, Venezia||2012|
|C. Martindale||Reception, in C.W. Kallendorf (ed.), A Companion to the Classical Tradition.||Blackwell, Malden, MA – Oxford – Victoria||2007||(pp. 297-311)|
|L. Hardwick||Reception Studies.||Oxford University Press, Oxford||2003||capp. 1 (‘From the Classical Tradition to Reception Studies’), 2 (‘Reception within Antiquity’), 4 (‘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||(pp. 337-356)|
Oral examination (for both students who attended the course and students who did not).
Students who will not be able to attend the course are kindly requested to contact the lecturer prior to the examination by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The exam will aim to ascertain the students’ analytical knowledge of the course contents and their ability to:
• establish relationships between literary works of the ancient world and their later reworking, with specific focus on the figure of Prometheus and its fortune;
• further elaborate on the the course contents through personal critical assessment.