Classical philology

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide students with a basic counsciousness about the foundations of the philological method and its historical development; a choice of texts and authors from Greek and Latin literature is connected to this purpose.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge: Knowledge of the texts treated in class providing a translation and a text-critical commentary, and placing them, at least in general terms, in their historical-literary context.

Skills: Methodological awareness of the principles of philological study (text criticism and history of the manuscript tradition); skill in using the main methods of bibliographical referencing and bibliographical searches, especially with regard to the editions used or mentioned.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for academic year 2021/22 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
Course syllabus
· Teaching part A (20 hours; 3 cfu): Callimachus, Hymn to Apollo.
This first part aims to present to the students textual and interpretative questions concerning the "Hymn to Apollo" by Callimachus, also in relation to the author's remaining hymnic production.
· Teaching part B (20 hours; 3 credits): Suetonius, "Divus Iulius", ch. 75-89.
The second part of the course will be dedicated to the final chapters of the Suetonian Life of Julius Caesar, centered on the murder of the dictator; they will also be interpreted with reference to parallel Greek sources (especially Nicolaus Damascenus, Plutarch, Cassius Dio).
· Teaching part C (20 hours; 3 credits): Objectives and methods of classical philology
In continuity with the texts and problems considered in the first two units, the third will provide the opportunity to reflect in a more systematic way on the methods of classical philology and on the historical development of classical philological studies.
Prerequisites for admission
Secondary school knowledge of Latin and Greek and of the history of Greek and Latin literatures in their general outlines.
Teaching methods
· formal lectures
· attendance is strongly recommended
Teaching Resources
· Teaching part A: R. Pfeiffer, Callimachus. Vol. II: Hymni et epigrammata, Oxford 1953; for Italian translation, introduction and notes Callimaco. Inni; Epigrammi; Ecale (vol. I), a c. di G.B. D'Alessio, BUR, Milano 2007.
· Teaching part B: R.A. Kaster (ed.), De vita Caesarum libri VIII et De grammaticis et rhetoribus liber, Oxford 2016.
· Teaching part C: L.D. Reynolds-N.G. Wilson, Scribes and Scholars, Oxford 20134, chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, 6.
· Course hand-outs provided in class and on the VLE Ariel

Non-attending students are invited to contact the lecturer promptly
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral examination:
· discussion based on the indicated chapters of Reynolds-Wilson (teaching part C)
· translation and appropriate contextualization of Greek and Latin texts addressed in the units A and B

Assessment criteria:
· ability to translate the texts treated during the course
· knowledge of the context of the aforementioned texts
· understanding of the philological method and the historical development of classical philological studies
· critical knowledge of the philological issues proper of the studied texts

Marks are out of 30.
Unita' didattica A
L-FIL-LET/05 - CLASSICAL PHILOLOGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-FIL-LET/05 - CLASSICAL PHILOLOGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-FIL-LET/05 - CLASSICAL PHILOLOGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours