Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course will continue the close examination of the philological method to which students were introduced in Prof. G. Burzacchini’s Greek Literature course, in order to provide a historically aware approach to texts from Greek literature. Special emphasis will be placed on the history of tradition, textual criticism and the history of classical philology. In the lecture part of the course, images of Homeric papyruses and evidence from indirect tradition in digital and microfilm format will be provided, in order to acquaint students with the original documents and with papyrological and palaeographical problems.
An important requirement to attend the course are the skills acquired during the courses taught by Prof. Gabriele Burzacchini, i.e. 12952 - Greek Literature I (10 learning credits), 13060 - Greek Literature (Module A, 5 learning credits), 16439 - Greek Literature (Module B, 5 learning credits) and by Prof. M. Magnani, 19934 - Greek Literature II (Module B, 5 learning credits) for degree course 0243, Literary Civilisations and History of Civilisations.
Course contents summary
Course title: Homer at Alexandria. Hellenistic scholarship and the manuscript tradition of Homeric poems.
The series of lectures will attempt to provide as complete and clear an overview as possible of critical perspectives on modern-day Homer studies, with special reference to the events of Homeric poems in the Alexandrian period. Book XXII of the Iliad will be the main section used to illustrate the most important problems of Homeric exegesis and ectodica.
Lecture part: notes provided during the course.
Institutional part: H.G. Nesselrath (ed.), Introduzione alla filologia greca, Italian edition by Sotera Fornaro, presentation by L. Canfora, Roma (Salerno) 2004; for the history of the tradition: R. Pfeiffer, Storia della filologia classica: dalle origini alla fine dell’eta ellenistica, introduction by M. Gigante, Napoli (Macchiaroli) 1973; L.D. Reynolds-N.G. Wilson, Copisti e filologi. La tradizione dei classici dall’antichita ai tempi moderni, Padova (Antenore) 19873; for textual criticism: M.L. West, Critica del testo e tecnica dell’edizione, Palermo (L’Epos) 1998.
Teaching methods are based on classroom lectures, but may at times take the form of seminars. Lectures are accompanied by tutorial sessions.
Assessment consists of an oral exam to ascertain that the course goals have been attained.