Classic philology (i) (2019/2020)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Gherardo Ugolini
Gherardo Ugolini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem 1A, Sem 1B

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to introduce students to the study of Greek and Latin philology. At the end of the course the student must demonstrate:
1) knowledge of the meaning of the concept of classical philology from the ancient world to the present;
2) basic knowledge of the philological method as a method of reading and interpreting a written text and documenting the textual state of the documents;
3) knowledge about the transmission of Greek and Latin texts and the techniques of constituting a critical text;
4) ability to use critical editions and to read a critical apparatus.


The first part of the course is an introduction to the concept of classical philology; The second part will focus on reading passages of Greek and Latin literature with attention to the tradition of the text and to its constitution.

Prerequisites: the basic knowledge to the classical languages is indispensable.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Maas, Paul Critica del testo Storia e Letteratura 2017
Vitelli, Girolamo Filologia classica... e romantica La Finestra Editrice 2018 9788895925943
Stock, Fabio I classici dal papiro a Internet Carocci 2012
Scialuga, Marina Introduzione allo studio della filologia classica Edizioni dell’Orso 2003
Fausto Montana La filologia ellenistica. Lineamenti di una storia culturale Pavia University Press 2012
Braccini, Tommaso La scienza dei testi antichi. Introduzione alla filologia classica Le Monnier Università 2017
Lanza Diego, Ugolini Gherardo (a cura di), Storia della filologia classica Carocci 2016
Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff Storia della filologia classica Einaudi 1967

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 mdule, mastering the vocabulary and the terminology relating to the philological method;
2) articulated re-elaboration of the contents of the module;
3) ability to read, translate, and interpret the texts presented and discussed in the classroom.

N.B. In relation to the situation resulting from the Coronavirus emergency, the examination method is modified for the summer 2020 session, in accordance with the University's instructions, in "oral test in telematic mode".