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HISTORY OF THE GREEK THEATRE
STORIA DEL TEATRO GRECO

Introduction to the Greek theatre, with a reading of Euripides' Medea
Introduzione al teatro greco con lettura di Euripide, Medea

A.Y. Credits
2018/2019 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Liana Lomiento Immediately after class, in Via Veterani, 36
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English French
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Communication Sciences (L-20)
Curriculum: PERCORSO COMUNE
Date Time Classroom / Location
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Learning Objectives

The student will acquire the basic information on the material and structural aspects of the ancient theatre (actor, chorus, material organization of the representation, agonistic opportunity, scenic space, public) and the story of the transmission of the dramatic texts from the "first" performance to us.


Through the reading from the original language of Euripide's Medea, the student will learn to understand a classical dramatic text in its linguistic, metrical-musical, thematic, historical-literary aspects, and its theatrical dynamics.

Program

The course will begin (I-III week) from a general introduction to the Attic Theatre, to its historical, evolutionary (from the initial stages to the maturity), and cultural aspects (society, historical events), as well as to its material and dramaturgical aspects (form of the theatrical building, mask, actors, scenic space, theatrical machines, roles and movements on the scene).


It will continue (IV week) illustrating the figure and work of Euripides, whose tragedy will be the specific object of reading and analysis.


The remaining part of the course (V-IX week) will be entirely devoted to the original language reading of the Medea, whose text will be translated and commented in a critical-textual, historical-literary perspective, as well as in terms of plot and dramaturgy. The iambic trimeterwill be introduced and illustrated, with reading exercises, and some notes will be given about the structure of the lyrical sections.

Bridging Courses

A preliminary knowledge of ancient Greek is not required.

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, 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 independent, 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 might 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 attendance of the course and any supplementary seminars is strongly recommended.

Course books

The reference edition for the Greek text covered in the course will be:

Euripide, Medea, introduzione e traduzione di Maria Grazia Ciani, commento di Davide Susanetti, Marsilio, Venezia 1997


The student is required to read the sections on the attic theater (including the sections on comedy and tragedy, from the fifth century to the age of Menander) in one of the following manuals:

L.E. Rossi (Firenze, Le Monnier, 1995)

G.A. Privitera - R. Pretagostini (Torino, Einaudi, 1997)

F. Montanari (Roma-Bari, Laterza, 1998)

A. Porro - W. Lapini (Bologna, Il Mulino, 2017)


As far as the knowledge of the material aspects of the ancient theater is concerned, he will consult

G. Mastromarco, P. Totaro, History of the Greek Theater, Florence 2008

or

A. Pickard-Cambridge, The dramatic festivals of Athens, Second edition (1968) revised with a new Supplement (1988) by John Gould and D. M. Lewis


The student will also read one of the following essays:

- Medea nella letteratura e nell’arte, a cura di Bruno Gentili e Franca Perusino, Marsilio, Venezia 2000

- Medea Contemporanea (Lars von Triar, Christa Wolf, scrittori balcanici), a cura di Margherita Rubino e Chiara Degregori, Pubblicazioni DARFICLET, Genova 2000

Finally, in the english translation (in one of the editions with bilingual text currently available), all the following theatrical works:


Euripides, Helena
Euripides, Alcestis
Aristophanes, Lysistrata

Assessment

The assessment will be through individual interview based on reference texts for consideration, aimed at evaluating in what extent and quality of the student has learned the content and is able to rework them and reflect on them

Evaluations will be sized as follows:

assessments of excellence: the student has good critical skills and in-depth; He knows how to link the main issues addressed during; makes use of appropriate language with respect to the specificity of the discipline.

discrete assessments: the student has a mnemonic knowledge of the contents; decent critical and knows establish relationships between the topics covered: makes use of appropriate language.

sufficient assessment: the student has minimal knowledge on the subject of the course themes, with some information deficiencies; It makes use of a slightly appropriate language.

negative evaluations: the student turns with difficulty on the issues addressed in class; has obvious information deficiencies; makes use of of an inappropriate language.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Didactics

There are no teaching methods in e-learning.

Attendance

The student is required to observe carefully the program indicated in the vademecum.


In case of specific needs, requiring a variation of the indicated program, the student should contact the teacher to arrange an alternative program.

Course books

The reference edition for the Greek text covered in the course will be:

Euripide, Medea, introduzione e traduzione di Maria Grazia Ciani, commento di Davide Susanetti, Marsilio, Venezia 1997


The student is required to read the sections on the attic theater (including the sections on comedy and tragedy, from the fifth century to the age of Menander) in one of the following manuals:

L.E. Rossi (Firenze, Le Monnier, 1995

G.A. Privitera - R. Pretagostini (Torino, Einaudi, 1997

F. Montanari (Roma-Bari, Laterza, 1998

A. Porro - W. Lapini (Bologna, Il Mulino, 2017


As far as the knowledge of the material aspects of the ancient theater is concerned, he will consult

G. Mastromarco, P. Totaro, History of the Greek Theater, Florence 2008

or

A. Pickard-Cambridge, The dramatic festivals of Athens, Second edition (1968) revised with a new Supplement (1988) by John Gould and D. M. Lewis


The student will also read one of the following essays:

- Medea nella letteratura e nell’arte, a cura di Bruno Gentili e Franca Perusino, Marsilio, Venezia 2000

- Medea Contemporanea (Lars von Triar, Christa Wolf, scrittori balcanici), a cura di Margherita Rubino e Chiara Degregori, Pubblicazioni DARFICLET, Genova 2000

In the english translation (in one of the editions with bilingual text currently available), the student will read all the following theatrical works:


Euripides, Helena
Euripides, Alcestis
Aristophanes, Lysistrata

The non-attending Student will also read the following essay

Women on the Edge. Four Plays by Euripides. Alcestis Medea Helen Iphigenia at Aulis, transl. by R. Blondell, M.K. Gamel, N. Sorkin Rabinowitz, B. Zweig, Routledge, New York-London 1999

Assessment

The assessment will be through individual interview based on reference texts for consideration, aimed at evaluating in what extent and quality of the student has learned the content and is able to rework them and reflect on them

Evaluations will be sized as follows:

assessments of excellence: the student has good critical skills and in-depth; He knows how to link the main issues addressed during; makes use of appropriate language with respect to the specificity of the discipline.

discrete assessments: the student has a mnemonic knowledge of the contents; decent critical and knows establish relationships between the topics covered: makes use of appropriate language.

sufficient assessment: the student has minimal knowledge on the subject of the course themes, with some information deficiencies; It makes use of a slightly appropriate language.

negative evaluations: the student turns with difficulty on the issues addressed in class; has obvious information deficiencies; makes use of of an inappropriate language.

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