Ancient Greece theatre

A.Y. 2019/2020
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-FIL-LET/02
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course develops the needed basic critical elements in order to evaluate in complete autonomy: 1. Authors, their staging and their works in the Ancient Greek theaters; 2. Iconographic presence of theatrical and mythical events in Greek-Roman art; 3. Ancient models elaboration in medieval, modern and contemporary art; 4. Ancient models elaboration in later centuries' literature, theater and music; 5.Contemporary directorial interpretations of ancient works; 6. Movies elaboration of Ancient models.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the student reaches the needed basic critical elements in order to evaluate in complete autonomy: 1. poetry, philosophy and communication developments in the Greek world of the VII-II BC centuries;
2. Theater and entertainment developments in the Greek world of the VI-II BC centuries; 3. Developments and variations of the main mythical events of the Greek tradition; 4. Reuse of Greek mythical and theatrical models in later periods.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
"Man and Nature in the 5th century B.C. Greek Tragedy". After a brief introduction on the evolution of theater and entertainment in the Greek world, during the course will be read and commented four tragedies which give ample reasoning on the relationship between man and nature. (Prometheus chained by Aeschylus, Philoctetes and Antigone by Sophocles, Bacchae of Euripides).

Teaching unit A (20 hours, 3 credits): Theater in the Greek world
Teaching unit B (20 hours, 3 credits): Man and nature in the work of Aeschylus and Sophocles
Teaching unit C (20 hours, 3 credits): Man and nature in the work of Sophocles and Euripides
Prerequisites for admission
Students are required to have the basic historical-cultural knowledge (high school level) of the VII-III centuries BC Mediterranean area. The knowledge of the Ancient Greek language is not required.
Teaching methods
Frontal lessons
Teaching Resources
Teaching Unit A Bibliography for students attending:

- G. Daverio, Il mondo dei Greci. Profilo di storia, civiltà e costume, ed. Campus, B. Mondadori, Milano 2008.-
M.Cavalli, Lo spettacolo nel mondo greco, ed. Campus, B. Mondadori, Milano 2008.
- AA.VV., Le parole del mito, a cura di M.Cavalli, ed. CUEM, Milano 2006
Teaching Unit B Bibliography for students attending:
Complete reading in translation of Aeschylus Prometheus Chained and Sophocles Philoctetes (free editions).
Teaching unit C
Bibliography for attending students:
Complete reading in translation of Sophocles Antigone and Euripides Bacchae (free editions).
Teaching unit A
Bibliography for NON attending students:

- G. Daverio, Il mondo dei Greci. Profilo di storia, civiltà e costume, ed. Campus, B. Mondadori, Milano 2008.-
M.Cavalli, Lo spettacolo nel mondo greco, ed. Campus, B. Mondadori, Milano 2008.
- AA.VV., Le parole del mito, a cura di M.Cavalli, ed. CUEM, Milano 2006
Teaching unit B
Bibliography for NON attending students:
Complete reading in translation of the following works: Agamemnon, Coephore, Eumenides, Prometheus Chained by Aeschylus; Philoctetes, Oedipus king, Oedipus in Colon, Antigone of Sophocles (free editions)
Teaching unit C
Bibliography for NON attending students
Complete reading in translation of the following works: Euripides Hippolytus, Troades, Medea, Bacchae; Aristophanes Frogs; Menander Misanthrope (Dyskolos) (free editions)
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral: The oral test consists of an interview on the program topics, aimed at ascertaining the knowledge of the history of ancient Greek theater, as well as the fundamental lines of the historical, cultural and literary panorama of ancient Greece, necessary to correctly interpret the phenomenon of entertainment in the 5th-4th centuries B.C. Reading in translation of ancient texts in the bibliography is also required. Knowledge of the Greek language is not required.
Unita' didattica A
L-FIL-LET/02 - GREEK LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-FIL-LET/02 - GREEK LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-FIL-LET/02 - GREEK LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor(s)