L-FIL-LET/02 - 9 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff

Office: Ex Monastero dei Benedettini - Piazza Dante 32, Catania
Phone: 0957102551
Office Hours: lun - ven 12-13

Learning Objectives

Thorough knowledge of the authors of Greek literature, based on the reading and analysis of works in the original language, including the most difficult ones, which students shall be able to translate fluently and to analyze in relation to content and formal structure, particularly concerning grammatical, syntactic, stylistic and metrical aspects. Critical approach to the problems inherent to each author and literary genre.

Course Structure

Frontal lessons.

Detailed Course Content

A Main course (4 CFU).

Assuming as granted that students have enough knowledge of the historical development of Greek literature, they will apply thoroughly, besides authors of texts that will be read in original language (to be studied within the frame of their historical and cultural context and of the respective literary genre), to the following arguments:

Thorough study of noun and verb with reference to historical grammar is also requested, as well as metrical reading of poetical texts.


B Reading of texts (2 CFU).

1) Callimachus, Aetia, frr. 1, 67, 75, 110; Hymni II and V.

2) Theocritus, Idyllia VII, XV, XVIII.

3) Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica III 606-824.

4) Herodas, Mimiamb III.

5) Anonymous, On sublime, parr. 1-10; 13-15; 33-38; 43-44.

C Special lectures (3 CFU)

a) Aeschylus and Sicily.

b) Metrical analysis and reading of selected Greek lyric: Archilochus, Cologne and Strassburg Epodes; Sappho, frr. 31 e 94 Voigt; Alcaeus, frr. 130b, 208a, 346 Voigt; Anacreon, frr. 1 e 33 Gent.-Pr.; Alcman, fr. 56 Page; Pindar, Pythian I.

Textbook Information

A F. Montanari, Storia della letteratura greca, Laterza, Roma-Bari 1998, pp. 82-92; 264-265; 336-345; 360-372; 430-442; 510-526; 551-627; 647-745; 757-774; 786-796; 824-840; 843-882.

N.B.: students may also use the two volumes edition published by Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, series "Polus" nr. 3, Roma 2017.

Recommended text for metrical analysis:

- M.C. Martinelli, Gli strumenti del poeta. Elementi di metrica greca, Cappelli, Bologna 1995, pp. 1-176, 220-225, 233-243, 255-264.

Recommended text for historical grammar:

- A.C. Cassio, Storia delle lingue letterarie greche, Milano, Le Monnier Università, 2008, pp. 1-92.


1) R. Pfeiffer, Callimachus, Oxford 1949-1953, vol. I, pp. 1-8, 70-73, 77-84, 112-123; vol. II, pp. 5-9, 30-34.

2) A.S.F. Gow, Theocritus, Cambridge 1952, vol. I, pp. 56-67, 108-121, 140-145.

3) Apollonio Rodio, Le Argonautiche, introd. e commento di G. Paduano e M. Fusillo, traduzione di G. Paduano, Milano, Rizzoli BUR, 1986, pp. 454-479.

4) Eronda, Mimiambi I-IV, a cura di L. Di Gregorio, Milano, Vita e pensiero, 1997, pp. 18-26.

5) Dionisio Longino, Del sublime, a cura di C.M. Mazzucchi, Milano, Vita e Pensiero, 1992, pp. 2-37, 38-53, 90-105, 112-125.


C a)

b) E. Degani - G. Burzacchini (a cura di), Lirici Greci. Antologia. Aggiornamento bibliografico a cura di M. Magnani, Bologna 2005, pp. 8-22, 36-42, 140-146, 157-162, 208-212, 219-221, 232-233, 244-246, 256-257, 290-291 (metrical reading and analysis only); for Pindar see above, a).


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All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library. Some of them will also be available on Studium.unict.

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