Papyrology AND CLASSICAL PHILOLOGY
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The aim of the specialized course is to improve competence in the disciplines of Papyrology and Philology (advancing skills in reading papyrus texts and using the bibliographic instruments to deepen a correct understanding of interdisciplinary aspects offered by the sources). Introduction to a proper and responsible method of reading, interpretation and study of literary and documentary texts found on papyri.
Prerequisites are competence in both basic philological skills and in a historical or cultural area such as Greek Literature, Greek History, Roman History, and Classical Archaeology, for which the sources that are to be studied may be applied
Course contents summary
The editorial work and recent new editions. Analysis of philosophical and scientific texts.
Guidelines for the philological edition of known text and of adespota. The value of these texts for the history of classical scholarship. The electronic edition of fragmentary papyri. Critical study of recent editions and their contribution to the classic tradition. Different genres of literary texts.
The Philologist at Work. A methodological approach. The block course will deal with the literary fragments which attest to the life and culture, history and administration over the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Palaeographical examination, reading and interpretation of a selection of papyri together with more thorough investigation and exercise with the evidence supplied by literary texts (reading will include reproductions of the originals as well as translations).
E.G. Turner, Papiri greci, ed. italiana a c. di M. Manfredi, Roma: Carocci, 2002
Introduzione alla filologia greca, cur. di H.G. Nesselrath-S. Fornaro, Salerno 2004
L.D. Reynolds-N.G. Wilson, Copisti e filologi. La tradizione dei classici dall'Antichità al Rinascimento, con una premessa di G. Billanovich, Roma-Padova: Antenore, 1987³
G. Cavallo, La scrittura greca e latina dei papiri. Una introduzione, Roma: Fabrizio Serra Editore, 2008
Education is imparted in a series of lessons, seminars or meetings. Ppt projections and seminar materials prepared for each session prior to attending class.
Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination. Written paper.
The exam is passed when the candidate is able to introduce the content of most of the texts presented during the course and which are part of the official programme. Important is the ability to read and comment on the bibliographical contributions. The examination will include tests for setting the evidence into a chronological, historical and philological context.
A written paper concerning a pattern of a text edition will be required at the end of the course. A specialized Seminar will deal with the transcription and study of unpublished texts. A training in the use of bibliographic instruments to deepen a correct understanding of interdisciplinary aspects offered by the sources is also included.