Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course of Greek Philology aims to enable students to deepen their knowledgment and understanding in Greek philology and textual criticism, in order to analyze a critical texts and its apparatus, and to develop and apply original ideas also in a research context. They will be able to apply their knowledge and understanding also in new or unfamiliar environments within multidisciplinary context, showing a good competence in the history of classical philology, in manuscript tradition and transmission of the Greek texts and showing the ability of formulating judgements also with limited information. They will be able to communicate their conclusions clearly and unambiguously, using suitable methods of philological and historical analysis, having the learning skills to continue to study in an autonomous manner (PhD) or successfully find a job (TFA > teaching). Also, the skills so acquired will be of great use in other working environments.
The student preparation will be assessed by the teacher in a prior interview, with reference to the educational goals that the student is proposed.
Course contents summary
The lectures will focus on the history of the manuscript tradition and on the problems of textual criticism applied to some specimina (Sophocles).
Reference texts will be distributed during the lectures. For the so called institiutonal part: R. Pfeiffer, History of classical scholarship. From the beginnings to the end of the Hellenistic age,
Oxford 1968; L.D. Reynolds-N.G. Wilson, Scribes and scholars. A guide to the transmission of Greek and Latin literature, Oxford 1992(3) (the Greek part) or N.G. Wilson, Scholars of Byzantium, London 1996(2); see also M.L. West, textual criticism and editorial technique, Stuttgart 1973 (see also S. Timpanaro, The genesis of Lachmann's method, ed. and transl. by G.W. Most, Chicago 2005).
Lectures on the most important parts of the philological method, with examples from the principal Greek authors and ms. traditions. At the end of the course, a seminar will involve the students with the aim of preparing a research paper about a selected topic chosen in accordance between the teacher and the students.
Assessment methods and criteria
Students will be assessed by an oral examination based on the readings and other material used in the course and that will be administered at the end of the course. The assessment aims to test: 1) proper knowledge and critical understanding of the main fields of the Greek philology; 2) good reading and translation of Greek texts; 3) critical and interpretation skills along the ability to produce personal reinterpretation; 4) oral proficiency; correct use of language; ability to give proper answers to the questions. Students will have to fully achieve the first 2 assessment criteria and score a minimum of 60 percent or better to get a pass grade. The oral examination involves the discussion of a paper.