Learning outcomes of the course unit
The first part of the course aims at introducing students to the basics of Classical Philology and its methodology.
The second part of the course, through selected readings, focuses on historical, cultutral and literary dynamics occurring within Classical Philology and Antiquarianism.
- Knowledge and understanding
Through specific class activities, seminars and lectures the course will provide students with critical understanding of the literary and cultural background of Classical Philology.
- Applying knowledge and understanding
The study of the historical context and the analysis of the most characterizing aspects of the very first outcomes and application of Classical Philology will provide students with a general understanding of the main developments of the discipline. Students will so be given the possibility to broaden their literary spectrum and to better place historical and literary issues in their proper context. This will possibly result in a more complete understanding of the problems linked to the constitution textus.
- Making judgements
Thanks to theoretical and practical knowledge acquired during classes, students should be able to critically read and interpret ancient Greek and Latin texts, and thus be able to make personal judgements on ancient works and on their social and cultural background.
- Communication skills
At the end of the course students should be able to:
1) properly present a variety of technical topics linked to the constitutio textus;
2) properly read texts and critical apparatus.
- Learning skills
The course aims at providing students with methodological and learning skills useful for future employment (with particular reference to teaching and communication).
Course contents summary
The first part of the course will focus on literary institutions and critical methodology, with particular reference to:
- evolution of Classical Philology;
- intertextuality and hypertextuality:
- early stages of Classical Philology;
- formal and literary aspects.
The second part of the course will focus on the relationship between Philology and Antiquarianism.
- L.D. Reynolds - N.G. Wilson, Copisti e filologi. La tradizione dei classici dall’antichità ai tempi moderni, Padova 1987 (selected passages).
- M. West, 'Critica del testo e tecnica dell'edizione', Palermo 1991 (selected passasse)
Non-attending students must get in contact the the teacher for information on bibliography
The course consists of classroom lectures supplemented by weekly tutorials.
Through classroom lectures students will be guided to a first methodological approach for the study of different texts according to the specific editorial process.
Classroom lectures will be supplemented by practice sessions and tutorials to support students in gaining the resources and skills needed to properly read texts.
Tutorial activities will be scaled up and down according to students’ abilities and needs.
Assessment methods and criteria
Students will be assessed by an oral comprehensive examination based on the readings and other material used in the course and that will be administered at the end of the term.
The assessment aims to test:
1) proper knowledge and critical understanding of the literary and cultural background of the main and most important literary genres within the field of Ancient Christian Literature;
2) general understanding of the main cultural and literary developments of Greek and Latin Christian Literature and of the readings and other material used in the course;
3) ability to critically read and interpret ancient Greek and Latin Christian texts, and to make personal judgements on ancient Christian works and on their social and cultural background;
4) ability to properly produce cross-sectional studies on different historical and literary topics.
Students will be assessed on:
written and oral proficiency; correct use of language; personal reinterpretation of contents; ability to make inter-disciplinary connections; proper use of specialist language; ability to give proper answers to given questions.
Students will have to score a minimum of 60 percent or better to get a pass grade.