History of the classical tradition and philology (M) (2019/2020)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Gherardo Ugolini
Gherardo Ugolini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem 2A, Sem 2B

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to launch through paradigmatic cases the knowledge and understanding of the relationship between antiquity and modernity. At the end of the course the student must demonstrate: 1) knowledge of the meaning of the concepts of philology and classical tradition; 2) knowledge of the studied texts and of hermeneutical problems connected to them 3) knowledge of the main interpretative models and modern remakes of the texts examined.


Analysis of an ancient tragedy (Bacchae of Euripides) in the modern interpretations, reworks and stagings.

Prerequisites: a basic knowledge of the classical languages is desirable but not necessary

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Euripide Baccanti, a cura di D. Susanetti Carocci 2010 9788843051229
Euripide Baccanti, a cura di V. di Benedetto Rizzoli 2004 9788817100250
Wilamowitz, U. von Moellendorff Cos’è una tragedia attica?, La Scuola 2013
Edith Hall, Fiona Macintosh, Amanda Wrigley Dionysus Since 69: Greek Tragedy at the Dawn of the Third Millennium Oxford University Press 2005
Fusillo, Massimo Il Dio ibrido. Dioniso e le “Baccanti” nel Novecento Il Mulino 2006 8815113177
Nietzsche, Friedrich La nascita della tragedia Adelphi 1977 9788845901997
Aristotele Poetica, a cura di D. Lanza Rizzoli 1997 88-17-16638-3
Lanza Diego, Ugolini Gherardo (a cura di), Storia della filologia classica Carocci 2016

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 module, mastering the vocabulary and the terminology relating topics of the module;
2) articulated re-elaboration of the contents of the module;
3) ability to interpret and comment on the texts examined in the module.

In relation to the situation arising from the Coronavirus emergency, the examination mode is changed for the summer session 2020, in accordance with the indications of the university, in "oral test with telematic mode".