Greek Philology (m) (2019/2020)

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

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course of Greek Philology aims to foster a philological approach to the texts of ancient Greek literature through (a) the study of their formal structures as related to different literary genres and interactions thereof, (b) ancient exegesis, and (c) the manuscript transmission of texts, so that students can develop in-depth critical and interpretive awareness. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to critically rework the knowledge they gained, and to explain the results achieved in an appropriate linguistic and argumentative form.



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 delve into the topic moments of the ancient and medieval tradition and reception of Herodotus in relation to the activity of the ancient commentators and writers (e.g. Gregory of Corinth; John Tzetzes; Manuel Moschopoulos).
Main sources will include:
- the papyri, including the commentary fragment of Aristarchus of Samothrace preserved in P.Amherst. II 12;
- the medieval manuscripts used in the critical editions by Rosén (Teubner) and Wilson (OCT);
- the scholiastic corpus and the 'Lexeis', two specialized glossaries drawn from the text of the historian.

Complementary teaching activity: a 12-hour workshop. With the aid of digital reproductions, students will learn how to read the most important medieval manuscripts that hand down the text of Herodotus.

Bibliography: in addition to the works cited in the field 'Reference Books', the teacher will provide students with further educational material, in particular modern critical editions (photocopies and/or via the e-Learning platform).

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Jessica Priestley, Vasiliki Zali (edd.) Brill’s companion to the reception of Herodotus in antiquity and beyond Brill 2016 978-9-004-27229-3 Il capitolo di Olga Tribulato, Herodotus’ Reception in Ancient Greek Lexicography and Grammar: From the Hellenistic to the Imperial Age, pp. 169-92.
Franco Montanari, Lara Pagani (edd.) From scholars to scholia: chapters in the history of ancient Greek scholarship de Gruyter 2011 978-3-11-025162-3 L'articolo di F. Montana, The making of Greek Scholiastic Corpora, pp. 105-61.
Raffaella Cantore Per la storia del testo di Erodoto. Studi sulla famiglia romana Pàtron 2013 978-88-555-3236-5

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 historical, literary and philological issues related to the tradition of Herodotus;
--- the student's capacity to translate and comment the texts analyzed during the module;
--- the student's capacity to write a philological comment on a 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 modern trends in interpreting Herodotus from a historical, literary and ethnographical point of view ;
--- translation and philological comment of one or more texts from those studied during the module;
--- evaluation of a written philological analysis of a passage from Herodotus and its ancient/medieval exegesis (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).