Learning outcomes of the course unit
- Knowledge and understanding:
students will refine knowledge and comprehension competence in the field of the ancient Greek language and literature thanks to the use of different sources regarding foundation topics (historical grammar and metrical and stylistic issues; the history of Greek literature) and advanced research in this field.
The competences will be strengthened and expanded allowing students to elaborate and apply original ideas.
- Applying knowledge and understanding: students will be able to apply knowledge and comprehension skills in Greek language and literature, needed in order to refine their preparation in the field, e.g. for interpreting the critical editions of the Greek texts; also, they will become acquainted with bibliographical and linguistic reference texts. In particular, students will refine the skills needed both to create and support argumentation and to solve problems. Comprehension and problem solving skills will be reinforced and applied to new or unfamiliar topics, belonging to wider or interdisciplinary contexts related to their field of study.
- Making judgements: students will be able to collect and interpret data to determine autonomous judgements in in the field of ancient Greek language and literature, including cross-cultural and interdisciplinary thinking on cultural and intercultural, scientific and ethical topics connected to the judgements expressed. Students will be able to integrate their knowledge, manage complexity and make judgements based on limited or incomplete data.
- Communication skills: thanks to the specific focus on communication competences and in particular on the development and use of mediation skills, students will be able to convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to specialists and non-specialists. Students can make conclusions clearly and through the support of their knowledge. They will also be able to explain the reasons for their conclusions.
- Learning skills: thanks to the general scaffolding of the course, students will develop learning skills useful to continue studying autonomously and in a self-directed way in lifelong learning education.
Prerequisites will be evaluated by the teacher in a preliminary interview with reference to the learning target of the student. However, it is a good basis to have acquired 12 CFUs of Greek Literature (LT).
Course contents summary
Aeolic poetry: Sappho, Alcaeus, Corinna (interpretation and study of the text and the tradition of selected fragments). It is also requested the translation and interpretation of a prose text (or of a post-classical poem).
Reference editions will be recommended at the beginning of the course in the extended version of the program (see also the ELLY platform).
Lectures on the above mentioned texts. 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) good reading and translation skills of Greek texts; 2) ability in order to produce personal interpretation of the texts; 3) oral proficiency; correct use of language; ability to give proper answers to the questions.
In more detail: a fail is determined by the lack of an understanding of the minimum content of the course, the inability to express oneself adequately, by a lack of autonomous preparation, the inability to solve problems related to information retrieval and the decoding of complex texts, as well as an inability to make independent judgments. A pass (18-23/30) is determined by the student’s possession of the minimum, fundamental contents of the course, an adequate level of autonomous preparation and ability to solve problems related to information retrieval and the decoding of complex texts, as well as an acceptable level of ability in making independent judgments. Middle-range scores (24-27/30) are assigned to the student who produces evidence of a more than sufficient level (24-25/30) or good level (26-27/30) in the evaluation indicators listed above. Higher scores (from 28/30 to 30/30 cum laude) are awarded on the basis of the student’s demonstration of a very good or excellent level in the evaluation indicators listed above. The oral examination involves the discussion of a paper.