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Professor
TRISTANO GARGIULO (Tit.)
Period
Second Semester 
Teaching style
Convenzionale 
Lingua Insegnamento
ITALIANO 



Informazioni aggiuntive

Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[20/42]  CLASSICAL AND MODERN PHILOLOGY AND LITERATURE [42/00 - Ord. 2008]  PERCORSO COMUNE 6 30

Objectives

This ‘institutional’ discipline aims to provide a solid and reliable knowledge of the prosodic rules and of the variety of metrical structures which preside the shaping of Greek poetry from the beginnings to the Hellenistic and Roman ages, and which will be presented and analysed in a synchronic as well as a diachronic perspective. This should enable the student to recognize and analyse metrical forms and prosodic phenomena present in Greek poetry, as well as to appraise the stylistic character, quality and purposes of a Greek poetical text.

Prerequisites

The student should have a good knowledge of basic Greek grammar, acquired in the classical secondary school, and the knowledge of the historical development of Greek literature; he will have already attended courses involving the translation and interpretation of Greek texts.

Contents

Metrics as a philological discipline.
Metrics as a historical discipline.
Instruments and methods.
Prosody. Quantity. Vowel-length and syllable-length. Open and closed syllables.
Vowel, syllable, element.
Epic correption. Attic correption.
Elision, hiatus, sinyzesis, synaloepha, pronuntiatio plena.
Recited verses and sung verses.
The units of measurement of Greek poetry: element, foot, metron, colon, verse, period, stanza.
Boeckh’s criteria for period-end.
Synapheia.
Responsion.
Colometry and papyri.
Metrical symbols.
Outlines of a brief history of Greek versification.

Teaching Methods

Lectures. However, teaching will also be carried out through a direct and active involvement of students (cooperative learning).

Verification of learning

Oral examination including an analysis of a short piece of poetical text never seen before. Alongside a proper knowledge of the relevant topics (exactness and completeness of answers),the comprehensive assessment will consider the student’s command of an appropriate technical terminology.

Texts

Recommended handbooks:
M.C. Martinelli, Gli strumenti del poeta. Elementi di metrica greca, Bologna, Cappelli, 1995 (e successive ristampe);
B. Gentili-L. Lomiento, Metrica e ritmica. Storia delle forme poetiche nella Grecia antica, Milano, Mondadori, 2003;
B. Gentili, La metrica dei Greci, Messina-Firenze, D’Anna, 1952;
M.L. West, Introduction to Greek Metre, Oxford 1987.

More Information

Other essential or useful materials (including a selection of Greek texts to translate) will be provided (xerox) during the lessons.
The teacher’s office hours will be made known together with the class schedules.
E-mail: gargiulo@unica.it or tristanoga@libero.it
Students are warmly invited to attend the lectures given during the year by guest scholars.

Questionnaire and social

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