History of Classical Tradition LT (i) (2020/2021)

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Gherardo Ugolini, Francesco Lupi
Gherardo Ugolini
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CuCi IIB dal Apr 14, 2021 al May 29, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to train students about the 'survival' of the classic beyond the ancient world, investigating some significant aspects of the tradition and reception of Greek and Latin literature in the post-classical age.


The course aims to introduce students to the History of the Classical Tradition through the discipline’s basic conceptual and theoretical premises (concepts of ‘tradition’, ‘classical reception’, etc.) . The course is divided into two modules:

1) A first introductory module (12 hours) of a methodological nature with illustrative analysis of some case studies on the fortune of characters and motifs of the classical tradition.
2) The second monographic module (24 hours) will examine some of the most significant episodes, mainly in the literary field, of the fortune of the Oedipus myth from the tragedy "Oedipus the king" by the Athenian dramatist Sophocles to the modern and contemporary ages.

In addition to the texts found in the box underneath (‘Reference books’), further bibliography will be provided or suggested in class.
Students unable to attend classes will be provided a few additional texts and are expected to contact the lecturer during the weekly consultation times.

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

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Avezzù Guido (a cura di) Edipo. Variazioni sul mito Marsilio 2008
C. Martindale Reception, in C.W. Kallendorf (ed.), A Companion to the Classical Tradition. Blackwell, Malden, MA – Oxford – Victoria 2007
L. Hardwick Reception Studies. Oxford University Press, Oxford 2003
A. Rodighiero Rinarrare l’antico: parole e immagini, in D. Lanza, G. Ugolini (a cura di), Storia della filologia classica. Carocci editore, Roma 2016

Assessment methods and criteria

The students’ knowledge on the course contents will be assessed via a written exam. The exam will feature essay questions. The same assessment method applied to all students, either attending classes or not.

The exam questions will focus both on the ‘theoretical’ aspects of the course and on the literary texts specifically pertaining to the figure of Philoctetets and their main thematic and hermeneutical features.

The exam will be based on a series a questions. The sum of the marks awarded for each question will determine the exam’s total marks, up to a maximum of 30/30.

Students willing to write the exam without attending classes are required to contact the lecturer during the weekly consultation times.

N.B.: due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and in accordance with the University of Verona guidelines, during ​the 2020 summer session the assessment method will be modified as follows: online oral exam.