History of Classical Tradition LT (i) (2019/2020)

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Francesco Lupi
Francesco Lupi
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Sem 2B dal Apr 6, 2020 al May 30, 2020.

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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 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 premises (concepts of ‘tradition’, ‘classical reception’, etc.) and will focus on the fortune of the figure of the Greek hero Philoctetes. Lectures will focus on some of the most relevant literary works featuring Philoctetes, starting from Sophocles’ play of the same name up to modern and contemporary times.

In addition to the texts found in the box underneath (‘Reference books’), further bibliography will be provided or suggested in class.
Students unable to attend classes will be provided a few additional texts and are expected to contact the lecturer during the weekly consultation times.

Prerequisites: a basic knowledge of the classical languages is desirable, but not necessary

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
A. Alessandri, M. Massenzio (a cura di) Filottete. Variazioni sul mito. Marsilio, Venezia 2009
E. Dugdale Philoctetes, in R. Lauriola e K.N. Demetriou (a cura di), Companion to the Reception of Sophocles. Brill, Leiden 2017 Pp. 77-145.
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’).

Assessment methods and criteria

The students’ knowledge on the course contents will be assessed via a written exam. The exam will feature essay questions. The same assessment method applied to all students, either attending classes or not.

The exam questions will focus both on the ‘theoretical’ aspects of the course and on the literary texts specifically pertaining to the figure of Philoctetets and their main thematic and hermeneutical features.

The exam will be based on a series a questions. The sum of the marks awarded for each question will determine the exam’s total marks, up to a maximum of 30/30.

Students willing to write the exam without attending classes are required to contact the lecturer during the weekly consultation times.