Greek Literature (i+p) - I MODULO PARTE (I) (2017/2018)

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

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

This course aims at providing an adequate undergraduate knowledge of the ancient Greek literature, also in relation to European cultural heritage. It is made up of two modules, each one for 6 CFU. The “introductive” one (i) is preparatory to the “advanced” (p). Both of them require the knowledge of the ancient Greek language. An Ancient Greek Laboratory for beginners is provided: for informations ask to At the same time, it wishes to provide appropriate instruments for a critical approach to texts and genres. The course will develop abilities of textual reading and analysis of poetical works of the ancient Greek literature within their historical and cultural contexts. It will also introduce students to critical approaches aimed at strengthening their analytical and argumentative skills. On successful completion of both its modules, students will be able to re-elaborate critically the acquired knowledge, to comprehend texts in ancient Greek and translate them into Italian, and to discuss topics employing appropriate linguistic and stylistic registers.


Orestes’ vengeance
Both the “introductive” module and the “advanced” one concern the Atreidic myth and especially its most crucial phase, that is, Orestes’ vengeance on his father’s killers, as it is narrated in archaic epics, choral lyrics, and tragedy. The course will therefore concentrate on the 4th Book of the Odyssey, on Pindar’s 11th Pythian Ode, and on Aeschylus’ Choephori, the most ancient of the plays concerning the Atreidic myth.

L-FIL-LET/02 – Greek literature – [i] introductive (6 Credits ECTS)
(a) Homer, Odyssey IV;
(b) Pindar, Pythian 11.

Classroom-taught lessons. Primary texts will be read in Greek, translated into Italian and commented. Attending students will take one self-assessment test at the end of each module. A written calendar of the topics that will be dealt with will be circulated in class at the beginning of the course. Further teaching material will be available for download from the MOODLE repository.

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:
(a) Omero, Odissea, vol. I (libri I-IV), introduzione generale di A. Heubeck e S. West, testo e commento a cura di S. West, traduzione di G.A. Privitera, Milano, Mondadori (‘Fondazione L. Valla’) 1981: pp. IX-XXXVII, 112-75, 320-83;
(b) Pindaro, Le Pitiche, introduzione, testo critico e traduzione di B. Gentili, Milano, Mondadori (‘Fondazione L. Valla’) 1995: pp. 283-305, 647-70 (introduction and commentary by P. Angeli Bernardini); or: Pindar, Pythian Eleven, ed. with introduction, translation, and commentary by P.J. Finglass, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press 2007.
(a) F. Montanari, Introduzione a Omero. Con un’appendice su Esiodo, Roma, Ed. di Storia e Letteratura, 2013 (1992); or: A. Ercolani, Omero, Roma, Carocci 2006: pp. 63-102, 125-96.
(b) A. Porro – W. Lapini, Letteratura greca, Bologna, Il Mulino 2017: pp. 1-404.

Non-attending students:
Non-attending students are required to integrate the syllabus detailed above (parts 1 and 2) with the following reading:
R. Sevieri, “Un eroe in cerca d’identità: Oreste nella Pitica XI di Pindaro per Trasideo di Tebe”, Materiali e discussioni per l’analisi dei testi classici, 43, 1999: pp. 77-110.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Montanari, Franco Introduzione a Omero. Con un’appendice su Esiodo (Edizione 2) Sansoni 1997 88-383-1734-8 Anche l'ed. successiva: Roma, Ed. di Storia e Letteratura 2013. O, in alternativa: A. Ercolani, Omero, Roma, Carocci 2006: pp. 63-102, 125-96.
Pindaro Le Pitiche, Pindaro, a cura di B. Gentili: pp. 283-305, 647-70 Mondadori 1995 88-04-39143-X Le parti relative alla Pitica 11: testo, traduzione, introduzione e commento di P. Angeli Bernardini.
A. Porro - W. Lapini Letteratura greca Il Mulino 2017 978-88-15-27160-0
Omero Odissea, vol. I (libri I-IV), X-XXXVII, 112-75, 320-83 Mondadori (Collezione Valla) 1981
Pindarus Pythian Eleven, ed. P.J. Finglass (Edizione 1) Cambridge university Press 2007 978-0-521-88481-5

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam.
The exam will consist in an oral discussion of the topics dealt with during the 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.