Greek Philology (m) (2017/2018)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Guido Avezzu'
Guido Avezzu'
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
First half of Semester 1 , Second half of Semester 1

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

This course aims at favouring a philological and interpretative approach to the texts of the ancient Greek literature, by means of the study of their linguistic and stylistic features in a strict connection with the other literary genres, and of their manuscript and printed transmission. The knowledge of the Ancient Greek is required. On successful completion of the module, students will be able to re-elaborate critically the acquired knowledge, and to discuss topics employing appropriate methodology.


Critical edition, interpretation, commentary: some case studies from Euripides’ Electra.

The course concentrates on the various steps in the textual and interpretative work about 5th century BCE plays, with special reference to Euripides’ Electra and other tragedies.

Students are required to do all the readings indicated in the two sections below: 1. Primary Texts (the writer’s work), 2. Secondary Texts (references):
(1) Primary Texts:
• Cropp, M.C. (ed.), Euripides. Electra, Warminster, Aris & Phillips, 1988 (II ed. 2013). Or:
• Denniston, J.D. (ed.), Euripides. Electra, Oxford, Clarendon Press 1939 (1968).
Other references: Distilo, N., Commento critico-testuale all’Elettra di Euripide, Padova, SARGON 2012; Roisman, H.M. and C.A.E. Luschnig (eds), Euripides’ Electra. A Commentary, Norman, University of Oklahoma Press 2011; Basta Donzelli, G. (ed.), Euripides. Electra, Stuttgart, Teubner 1995; Diggle, J. (ed.), Euripidis Fabulae, vol. II, Oxford, Clarendon Press (OCT) 1981; Murray, G. (ed.), Euripidis Fabulae, vol. II, Oxford, Clarendon Press (OCT) 1913.
(2) Secondary Texts:
• Scialuga, M., Introduzione allo studio della filologia classica, Alessandria, Ed. dell’Orso, 2003.
• Mastronarde, D., “Text and Transmission”, in L. McClure (ed.) A Companion to Euripides, Malden Ma. – Oxford – Chichester, Wiley 2016 (2017): pp. 9-26.

Further teaching material will be available for download from the MOODLE repository.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Euripides Electra, edited by M.C. Cropp (Edizione 2) Aris & Phillips 2013 978-1-90834-369-7
Scialuga, Marina Introduzione allo studio della filologia classica Edizioni dell’Orso 2003
D. Mastronarde “Text and Transmission”, in L. McClure (ed.) A Companion to Euripides (Edizione 1) Wiley 2016 978-1-119-25750-9 Pp. 9-26.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam.
The exam will consist in an oral discussion of the topics dealt with during each module. The acquired abilities will be evaluated in terms of:
1) knowledge of the literary history and of the primary texts within their historical and cultural contexts;
2) textual comprehension and translation into Italian of the primary texts;
3) ability to use critical approaches appropriate to textual and contextual analysis, with special attention to linguistic and stylistic features.