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HISTORY OF THE GREEK THEATRE
STORIA DEL TEATRO GRECO

Reading of Sophocles’ Trachiniae
Lettura delle Trachinie di Sofocle

A.Y. Credits
2015/2016 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Liana Lomiento Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, immediately after class

Assigned to the Degree Course

Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

Through the reading from the original language of Sophocles’ Trachiniae, the course intends to introduce to the understanding of a Greek tragic text in terms of its historical and literary profile and of its dynamics on the scene.

Simultaneously, the student will acquire essential information on the structural aspects of the ancient theatre (actor, choir, material organization of the festival, agonal occasion, stage space, public) and on the transmission of dramatic texts from the "first" performance up to us.

Program

The course will focus on reading and interpretation of Euripides’ Bacchae.

After a general introduction to the attic Theatre and to the figure and work of Sophocles, the Trachiniae will be read in the original language.

Trachiniae will be translated and commented from a text-critical point of view, and in relation to the plot and the scenic aspects.

The iambic trimeter will be introduced and illustrated with reading exercises, and some hints will be given in relation to the lyrical sections.

Bridging Courses

The student is expected to have a sure knowledge of the Greek language.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

The student will be guided to an essential knowledge of Classical Greek theatre, and to the ability to independently read a classical theatrical text with the complexity it presents.

From the point of view of the information obtained, the student will acquire an in-depth knowledge of issues relating to the transmission of the text (through a careful reading of the critical apparatus and of the transmitted lectiones), its performance and representation on the stage, the treatment of the plot in relation to the mythographical tradition.

More generally, the process of analytical reading of the chosen text will have important consequences on the student's ability to deal proficiently with rigorous reading of every kind of source (literary, historiographical, etc.), and to develop analytical skills of close reading, synthesis and critical thinking on the data and sources.

From the educational point of view, the student will deepen their awareness of specific methodological aspects characterizing literary research and, in particular, his/her dramatic and aesthetic sensitivity to the formal aspects of the poetic and rhetorical and, namely, theatrical discourse.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

The course will be complemented by seminars and conferences methodologically relevant to the training and to matters relating to methods and themes concerning ancient Greek Theatre.


Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

Front Lessons.

Attendance

the constant presence in the course is strongly recommended.

For the examination, the student is required:

1. the full reading, and in the original language of Sophocles’ Trachiniae;

2. the general knowledge of the History of Greek theatre (authors, works, religious and ritual aspects, material aspects);

3. reading, in Italian translation of , Euripides’ Hippolitus and Medea.

Course books

For the general study of the history of the Greek theater it is required to read a handbook of Greek literature, with attention to the chapters dealing with authors and works of the tragic and comic theater of Classical and Hellenistic ages.

For the material aspects and the context it is required  to consult A. Pickard-Cambridge, dramatic festivals at Athens, it. trans. Florence, Nuova Italia, 1996.

The edition used for Sophocles’ Trachiniae is Sophoclis Fabulae, recognoverunt H. Lloyd-Jones and NG Wilson, Oxford, Oxford Classical Texts, 1990.

It will be useful to consult the comment by JC Kamerbeek, The Plays of Sophocles. Commentaries II. The Trachiniae, Leiden, Brill, 1959.

Euripides’ Hippolitus and Medea can be read in a good Italian translation.

Further references will be given during the lessons.

Assessment

Oral exam.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Didactics

There are no teaching methods in e-learning.

Attendance

the constant presence in the course is strongly recommended.

For the examination, the student is required:

1. the full reading, and in the original language of Sophocles’ Trachiniae;

2. the general knowledge of the History of Greek theatre (authors, works, religious and ritual aspects, material aspects);

3. reading, in Italian translation of , Euripides’ Hippolitus and Medea.

Course books

For the general study of the history of the Greek theater it is required to read a handbook of Greek literature, with attention to the chapters dealing with authors and works of the tragic and comic theater of Classical and Hellenistic ages.

For the material aspects and the context it is required  to consult A. Pickard-Cambridge, dramatic festivals at Athens, it. trans. Florence, Nuova Italia, 1996.

The edition used for Sophocles’ Trachiniae is Sophoclis Fabulae, recognoverunt H. Lloyd-Jones and NG Wilson, Oxford, Oxford Classical Texts, 1990.

It will be useful to consult the comment by JC Kamerbeek, The Plays of Sophocles. Commentaries II. The Trachiniae, Leiden, Brill, 1959.

Euripides’ Hippolitus and Medea can be read in a good Italian translation.

Further readings will be given by the teacher to the not attending student, who should contact the teacher for this purpose at least two months before the exam. 

Assessment

Oral exam.

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