Greek Literature (m) (2020/2021)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Andrea Rodighiero
Andrea Rodighiero
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Other available courses
Academic sector
Language of instruction
CuCi IA, CuCi IB

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course «Greek Literature» aims at offering a deeper knowledge of the literary and linguistic aspects within the frame of the history of Greek Literature; during the teaching classes Students will translate and comment literary texts (poetry and/or prose), also considering philological aspects and using the usual ‘tools’ of the literary hermeneutic (metrical analysis, textual philology, study of the figures of style, as well as narratology, sociolinguistic, history of the interpretation). At the end of the course students should have acquired deep knowledge of the language, the literary and generic aspects of the texts analyzed, and they should be able to date, analyze and comment even other texts of the Greek literary tradition via different interpretive approaches and hermeneutic categories. Knowledge of Greek language is mandatory.


1. Greek tragedy and its performance
2. Sophocles, Oedipus rex

A. Rodighiero, La tragedia greca, il Mulino, Bologna 2013;
M. Di Marco, La tragedia greca. Forma, gioco scenico, tecniche drammatiche, Carocci, Roma 2009;
R.B. Rutherford, Greek Tragic Style. Form, Language and Interpretation, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2012.

H. Lloyd-Jones, N.G. Wilson, Sophoclis fabulae, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1990.

J.C. Kamerbeek, The Plays of Sophocles, IV: The Oedipus Tyrannus, Brill, Leiden 1967.
O. Longo, Sofocle, Edipo re, CLEUP, Padova 1989 (versione aggiornata e rivista: Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Venezia 2007, con trad. di M.G. Ciani).
J. Bollack, L’Œdipe roi de Sophocle, Presses universitaires de Lille, Lille 1990.
R.D. Dawe, Sophocles, Oedipus Rex, revised edition, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2006.
F. Condello, Sofocle, Edipo re, Barbera, Siena 2009.
P.J. Finglass, Sophocles, Oedipus the King, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2018.

(More material will be made available during the lessons)

Scheduled lessons:
lectures (36 hours)

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
R.B. Rutherford Greek Tragic Style. Form, Language and Interpretation Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2012
A. Rodighiero La tragedia greca il Mulino, Bologna 2013
M. Di Marco La tragedia greca. Forma, gioco scenico, tecniche drammatiche Carocci, Roma 2009
H. Lloyd-Jones, N.G. Wilson Sophoclis fabulae OCT, Oxford 1990

Assessment methods and criteria

The oral examination aims at evaluating the student's knowledge, with special reference to the texts read during the lectures and to the general aspects of Greek tragedy (cf. the Companions in the Syllabus).

Erasmus students will be informed during the lectures about the oral examination.