Greek Literature (p) (2019/2020)

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Paolo Scattolin
Paolo Scattolin
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Sem 1B dal Nov 11, 2019 al Jan 11, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course is conceived as the second phase in the study of Greek Literature, both in its diachronic development and in its variety of genres. By providing Students with texts to read in the original Greek language and to comment upon (with a few additional texts in translation), the course will require them to acquire knowledge on aspects of literary history, metre, and language, as well as on genre-specific characteristics.
At the end of the course Students will
- have acquired a familiarity with further textual typologies of Greek Literature;
- have an adequate knowledge of the history and development of Greek Literature from the Classical period onwards, as well as of its authors;
- be able to place, in terms both of chronology and literary history, metre, and language, the texts under scrutiny;
- be able to introduce and explain in their own words and with appropriate language the texts that the course focuses on;
- be able to translate and comment upon both the texts analyzed in class and others forming part of the programme.



Please note: knowledge of ancient Greek at University level is mandatory.
Erasmus students are requested to contact the teacher prior to classes starting.

The course aims to study the evolution of the comic genre in 4h-century Athens by taking as its paradigms the Plutus (388 BCE), the most recent of the surviving comedies by Aristophanes, and the Dyskolos (316 BCE) by Menander, the best preserved comedy in the papyrus tradition.
The analysis will focus above all on the evolution of dramaturgical forms, style and meter in relation to the comedy of the 5th century.

- the text of the plays will be that of the most accredited critical editions (Wilson's OCT for Aristophanes; Sandbach's OCT for Menander) and will be provided through the e-Learning platform;
- the handbook cited in the 'Reference Books' field;
- further educational material will be provided by the teacher.

Students are requested to get a paperback edition with translation, for example:
- in Italian: BUR (Plutus) and Oscar Mondadori (all the plays by Menander), both edited by Guido Paduano ( ---;
- in English: Henderson's LOEB (Plutus) and Arnott's LOEB (Menander, vol. I).

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Giuseppe Mastromarco - Piero Totaro Storia del teatro greco Le Monnier Università 2008 978-88-00-86056-7 I capitoli 7, 8, 9 sulla commedia (pp. 165-257).

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination including the evaluation of a paper which must be delivered to the teacher at least one week before the examination date (see below).

The oral examination aims to evaluate the following points:

--- the student's awareness of the literary and historical framework of Greek comedy from the beginnings up to the 4th century BC;
--- the student's capacity to translate and comment the comedies analyzed in the module;
--- the student's capacity to write a commentary on a comic text provided by the teacher (see below).


The oral examination is composed of three moments, each corresponding to 10/30:

--- evaluation of the student's knowledge of the literary and historical problems related to the development of the comic genre up to the 4th century;
--- evaluation of the student's skills in translating and commenting on a few passages drawn from the comedies analyzed during the module;
--- evaluation of a written analysis of a comic text from the historical, philological and literary point of view (the text will be chosen by the teacher and the paper must be delivered in PDF format at least one week prior to examination date).