History of Greek and Roman theatre (i) (2017/2018)

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Name of lecturer
Gherardo Ugolini
Gherardo Ugolini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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First half of Semester 1 dal Sep 25, 2017 al Nov 11, 2017.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to introduce students to the historical understanding of the fundamentals of Greek and Latin theatre.
At the end of the course the student must demonstrate:
1) knowledge of the historical development of Greek tragedy, its forms and contents;
2) knowledge of the institutional framework of the attic drama;
3) ability to read and interpret a Greek tragedy ("Oedipus at Colonos" by Sofocle) commenting on individual passages and framing the drama in the author's production.


The first part of the course is a general introduction to greek tragedy. The second part will focus on reading the tragedy "Oedipus at Colonus" of Sophcles (in italian translation) with anaylis and discussion of dramaturgical and content aspects.

Prerequisites: The basic knowledge of the classical languages is desirable, but not indispensable.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Wilamowitz, U. von Moellendorff Cos’è una tragedia attica?, La Scuola 2013
Sofocle Edipo a Colono, a cura A. Rodighiero Marsilio 1998
Sofocle Edipo a Colono, a cura G. Avezzù, G. Guidorizzi, trad. di G. Cerri Mondadori, collana Scrittori greci e latini "Lorenzo Valla" 2008
Rodighiero, Andrea La tragedia greca Il Mulino 2012
Di Marco, Massimo La tragedia greca. hedalibro&Itemid...La tragedia greca. Massimo Di Marco. La tragedia greca. Forma, gioco scenico, tecniche drammatiche Carocci 2009
Ugolini, Gherardo Sofocle e Atene. Vita politica e attività teatrale nella Grecia classica Carocci 2011

Assessment methods and criteria

Expected knowledge and skills will be verified through an oral exam.
Preparation will be considered adequate if the student demonstrates the following abilities:
1) accurate and thorough exposure of the topics learned in the module, mastering the vocabulary and the terminology relating to the history of Greek tragedy
2) articulated re-elaboration of the contents of the module;
3) ability to understand and interpret the passages of the "Oedipus at Colonos" that will be presented