Greek language (i) (2018/2019)

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Name of lecturer
Andrea Rodighiero
Andrea Rodighiero
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Sem. 1A dal Sep 24, 2018 al Nov 10, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

A diachronical approach to the ancient Greek language through literary texts:
- phonology
- morphology
- classification of dialects (geographically and historically)
will be the main topics of the lectures
Students, at the end, should be able to recognize and analyze peculiar aspects of the Greek literary dialects.


1. Origins of Greek language
2. Phonology and morphology
2. The development of the literary language in archaic and classical time.

O. Longo, Elementi di grammatica storica e dialettologia greca, Padova, Cleup, 1987; A. Meillet, Lineamenti di storia della lingua greca, trad. it. Torino, Einaudi, 1976[2]; L.R. Palmer, The Greek Language, London 1980.

Further reading:
P. Chantraine, Morphologie historique du grec, Paris, Klincksieck, 1961; Y. Duhoux, Introduzione alla dialettologia greca antica, trad. it. Bari, Levante, 1986; M. Lejeune, Phonétique historique du mycénien et du grec ancien, Paris, Klincksieck, 1972.

A.C. Cassio (a cura di), Storia delle lingue letterarie greche. Seconda edizione, Firenze, Le Monnier, 2016, capp. 1, 2, 4 (A.C. Cassio), 5 (L’epica, E. Passa), 6 (La lirica monodica, O. Tribulato), 7 (La lirica corale, O. Tribulato), 10 (La tragedia, S. Kaczko).

Homer, Iliad; Stesichorus fr. 97 Davies - Finglass; Alcman fr. 3 Calame; Sappho, frr. 1 and 44 V.; Archilocus fr. 196a W.2; Pindar, Olympian 1; Sophocles, Women of Trachis 497-530.

(More material will be made available during the lessons)

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
O. Longo Elementi di grammatica storica e dialettologia greca Cleup, Padova 1987
J. Clackson Language and Society in the Greek and Roman Worlds Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2015
A. Meillet Lineamenti di storia della lingua greca trad. it. Einaudi 1976
P. Chantraine Morphologie historique du grec Klincksieck, Paris 1961
A.C. Cassio Storia della lingua greca Le Monnier, Firenze 2016

Assessment methods and criteria

The oral examination aims at evaluating the student's knowledge, with special reference to the texts read during the lectures (morphological and phonological aspects of the Greek dialects, principally); general knowledge of the companions in use will be checked, as well.

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