L-FIL-LET/02 - 9 CFU - 1° Semester

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Course Structure


Detailed Course Content

A (6 CFU)

1) History of Greek Literature from the beginning to the VI century AD.

2) Ancient Greek grammar and syntax.

2) Basic knowledge of Greek prosody and metre; metrical analysis and rhythmic reading of poetic texts written in recitative metres, listed below under B.


B (3 CFU)

Reading of texts:

1) Hesiod, Theogony or Homer, Odyssey XI;

2) A selection from Greek lyric poetry to be previously approved by the teacher, including following authors: Archilochus, Hipponax, Tyrtaeus, Mimnermus, Solon, Xenophanes, Sappho, Alcaeus, Anacreon, Alcman, Stesichorus, Ibycus, Simonides, Pindarus.

3) Aristotle, Poetics, chaptt. 1-6, 11, 12;

4) a text to be chosen between:

- Herodotus, The Histories I 1-13, 23-45; VII 223-228;

- Plutarch, Life of Alexander, chaptt. 1-6, 11-14, 26-28, 40-44, 60-63, 72-77.

5) Euripides, Cyclops.

Textbook Information

A D. Del Corno, Letteratura Greca, Principato, Milano 1995, pp. 37-78 (epic poetry), 90-147 (lyric poetry), 165-179 (tragedy), 183-197 (Aeschylus), 199-214 (Sophocles), 217-239 (Euripides), 255-270 (comedy), 275-290 (Aristophanes), 317-329 (historiography. Herodotus), 331-342 (Thucydides), 345-350 (beginnings of rhetoric. Lysias), 359-364 (Xenophon), 369-376 (IV century orators. Demosthenes, Aeschines, Isocrates, Hyperides), 412-431 (Middle and New Comedy. Menander), 437-457 (Hellenism. Callimachus, Apollonius of Rhodes), 459-469 (Theocritus), 469-471 (Herodas), 472-481 (Epigram), 485-490 (Polybius), 515-528 (II sophistic), 529-535 (Plutarch), 538-546 (Novel), 548-550 (Julian), 52-554 (Nonnus and late-antique epic poetry).

2) A. Aloni, La lingua dei Greci, Roma 2012, pp. 310.

3) M.C. Martinelli, Gli strumenti del poeta, Elementi di metrica greca, Bologna, Cappelli, 1995, pp. 15-67, 77-112, 115-129, 133-137.

NB: Pages of Martinelli's book listed above contain both basic notions and highly specialized discussion, which cannot be specified here. The teacher will help students to focus the main topics.


B 1) Esiodo, Teogonia, a cura di G. Arrighetti, Milano 1984, part. pp. 64-127; Omero, Odissea, vol. III (libri IX-XII), introduzione, testo e commento a cura di A. Heubeck. Traduzione di G.A. Privitera, Milano, Fondazione “Lorenzo Valla”, 1988, pp. 94-143.

2) E. Degani - G. Burzacchini (a cura di), Lirici Greci. Antologia. Aggiornamento bibliografico a cura di M. Magnani, Bologna, Pàtron editore, 2005 (anthological selection including the authors listed above, for a total amount of ca. 100 pages including commentary);

3) Aristotele, Dell'arte poetica, a cura di C. Gallavotti, Milano 1974, pp. 2-27, 36-41;

4) - Herodotus, any adition with facing Greek text (ca. 50 pp. including translation);

- Plutarco, Le vite di Alessandro e Cesare, a cura di D. Magnino, Milano, Rizzoli BUR, 1992, pp. 32-47, 56-65, 96-105, 176-186, 202-215.

5) Euripide, Ciclope, a cura di M. Napolitano, introduzione di L.E. Rossi, con testo a fronte, Venezia, Marsilio, 2003.

Further texts will be available on Studium.unict.

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