The aim of the course is, through the assimilation of the basic hermeneutical notions as well as through the study and translation of a text or a selection of different texts in the original language, the acquisition of skills to face a correct linguistic exegesis of the texts of one or of more Greek authors and to interpret them by inquiring them also from the point of view of the different problems that they may entail (historical, literary, philological and performative and / or dramaturgical).
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ProgrammeGreek literature: a historical sketch. The rhapsode’s art in Plato’s Ion.
The course is divided in two parts: (1) a sketch of the history of ancient Greek literature from the origins to the Roman age, with a survey of the main authors and genres; (2) a reading of Plato’s Ion, a text which offers a crucial standpoint on rhapsodic techniques in the fifth century BCE and their evaluation in contemporary intellectual circles.
Core DocumentationStudents will integrate the subjects covered in the classes with a handbook of Greek literature (inclusive of a selection of key passages). Any edition of Plato’s Ion will do, provided that it includes the Greek text. Suggested reading: A. B. Lord, The Singer of Tales (Harvard University Press: Cambridge [MA]-London 1960)].
Type of delivery of the courseThe exam is oral. Students will answer a few questions on the subjects covered in the course.
Type of evaluationThe exam is oral. Students will answer a few questions on the subjects covered in the course. Some questions (three or four) will concern the main authors and genres illustrated in the first part of the course; other questions (one or two) will focus more specifically on reading, translating and commenting on a passage of Plato’s Ion.