Academic Year 2023/2024 - Teacher: PAOLO BIAGIO CIPOLLA

Expected Learning Outcomes

The class offers to students the basic principles for direct access to Greek sources, essential to an in-depth study of Greek Language and Literature and the Classical Tradition. The course will also focus on some relevant aspects of Greek culture through reading of texts in original language, which will be accompanied by reflection on grammar, syntax and lexicon. The aim is to achieve a minimum degree of linguistic and cultural familiarity with classical texts and authors, so to allow direct reference to the sources and the interpretation of texts and images.

According to the Dublin descriptors, students, at the end of the course, will demonstrate:

1) Knowledge and understanding: basic knowledge of the Greek language: alphabet, vocabulary, elementary structures of grammar and syntax.

2) Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: ability to analyse a text in its content and formal aspects, in relation to the problems linked to the classical tradition.

3) Autonomy of judgement: acquisition of a critical perspective towards the analysis of texts, ability to independently assess the reliability of informations and interpretations.

4) Communication skills: reflection on the most suitable communication strategies in relation to the communication and didactics of the classical tradition

5) Learning skills: ability to critically utilise the knowledge acquired in the course.

Course Structure

The course is articulated into two modules: the first, on the linguistic bases of Greek culture; the secondo, on the method and on the general features of Greek culture and mechanisms of the Classical tradition. Both the first and the second module will be carried out through lectures and exercises.

Attendance of Lessons

Attendance is not compulsory.

Detailed Course Content

Part I Basics of Greek vocabulary and language (ECTS 3)

1) Euripides, Hippolytus, ll. 1-120, 176-524, 565-668, 1389-1466.

2) Ps.-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca Ep. I 16-19 ((Hippolytus son of Theseus and Hippolyta; Hippolytus accused of violence by Phaedra); V 6-7 (Ajax).


Full reading of texts in translation. Analysis of specified verses related to the text in original language.


Part II

Lectures on methodology and case-studies (ECTS 3+3)

1) Historical and critical reading of the literary and iconographic sources 2) Classical Tradition and history 

Textbook Information

Part I (3 ECTS)

1) Any edition with facing Greek text. Recommended edition: Euripide, Ippolito, a cura di Guido Paduano, Bur, Milano 2000.

2) Apollodoro, I miti greci, a cura di P. Scarpi, Milano, Fondazione Lorenzo Valla 1996, pp. 312-315; 358-361 (selected pages will be available on Studium.unict and on Teams)


Part II (3+3 ECTS)

1) M. Centanni, L’originale assente. Introduzione allo studio della tradizione classica, Ronzani Editore, Vicenza 20212, pp. 1- 439.

2) (only for students who have a 9 ECTS course in their study plan) 5 essays chosen by the student on case-studies of the Classical tradition, taken from «La Rivista di Engramma» (; pp. 50 ca.)