Greek Philology (m) (2020/2021)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Paolo Scattolin
Paolo Scattolin
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
CuCi IA, CuCi IB

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: (1) knowledge of ancient Greek at University level is mandatory; (2) Erasmus students are kindly requested to contact the teacher prior to classes starting; (3) attendance of the seminars «Books and writings of the Greek world» (3 CFU F) is strongly recommended, as we will be dealing with the most important manuscripts of the Argonautica.

The course aims to read Argonautics, book I through the lens of the ancient scholiasts: the epos of Apollonius was handed down through late Hellenism and the Imperial Age thanks to the support and protection of a set of commentaries that were written from the Ptolemaic age onwards: remarkable fragments of this exegesis are preserved in medieval manuscripts.
Taking advantage of the multifarious typologies of the ancient exegesis we will try to describe how Apollonius' epic was read by the ancient public, with special regard to its relationship to Homer, and how it influenced the Latin epic.
We will also deal with the manuscript tradition of the Argonautica, with particular regard (1) to the papyri, some of which have recently been published in the collection The Oxyrhynchus Papyri; (2) to medieval manuscripts and to the main sources of indirect tradition such as the etymologica Genuinum (IX century) and Magnum (XII century).
The critical reference text will be that of Francis Vian (Paris 1976-1993), though other important editions will be taken into account as well, e.g. those by Hermann Fränkel (Oxford 1961) and Giuseppe Pompella (Hildesheim et alibi 2006). The critical texts will be provided, along with other relevant material, by the teacher.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
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.
Fausto Montana La filologia ellenistica. Lineamenti di una storia culturale Pavia University Press 2012
Guy Lachenaud Scholies à Apollonios de Rhodes Les Belles Lettres 2010 978-2-251-74208-3
Hermann Fränkel Testo critico e critica del testo (Edizione 2) Le Monnier 1983 88-00-83612-7

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 Apollonius of Rhodes 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 Apollonius of Rhodes 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).