Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course of Greek Philology aims to enable students to deepen their knowledge and understanding in Greek philology and textual criticism, in order to analyze a critical texts and its apparatus, and to develop original ideas also in a research context. They will be able to apply what they have learned about the history of classical philology and the manuscript tradition of the Greek texts in new or unfamiliar environments within multidisciplinary context. They will be able to communicate their conclusions clearly and unambiguously using the philological and historical methods; the skills so acquired will be useful in order to continue either to study (PhD) or to teach or in other working contexts.
The student preparation will be assessed by the teacher in a prior interview, with reference to the educational goals of the student.
Course contents summary
The lectures will be devoted to the history of the manuscript tradition and to the problems of textual criticism with reference to Attic tragedy and particularly to Euripides.
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; either 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) or S. Timpanaro, The genesis of Lachmann's method, ed. and transl. by G.W. Most, Chicago 2005; see also M.L. West, textual criticism and editorial technique, Stuttgart 1973.
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 have an oral examination based on primary and seconday literature (see above). The examination aims to test: 1) proper knowledge and critical understanding of the methods of Greek philology; 2) good reading and translation skills of Greek texts; 3) ability in order to produce personal interpretation of these texts; 4) oral proficiency; correct use of language; ability to give proper answers to the questions. Students who will meet the first 2 assessment criteria and will be able to reach a minimum of 60 percent score will get a pass grade. The oral examination involves the discussion of a paper.