Knowledge of the Greek Language
The course will trace the history of the matter illustrating the evolution of the writings, from more ancient epigraphic types to the cursive forms of the VI A.D.; will be taken into consideration also the different employment of writing material.
The classes will be based on the reading and translation from papyri in traditional photographic reproduction and also in digital form on PC and in online version, to outline the evolution of literary writings. The course will concern both the literary and documentary papyri, and some examples for the Latin Papyri as Cornelius Gallus or Vindolanda Tablets. The second part will be devoted to papyri that preserve texts of important authors for the
history of Greek literature (Homer, Bacchilides, Herodotus, Menander and Callimachus).
M. Capasso, Introduzione alla papirologia, Il Mulino, Bologna 2005; T. Dorandi, Nell’officina dei classici, Carocci, Roma 2007; P. Parsons, La scoperta di Ossirinco. La vita quotidiana in Egitto al tempo dei Romani, Carocci, Roma 2014.
The course is conducted by means of lessons whose contents will be subject for the examination, appropriately supplemented by reading the manuals. It is also requested a brief oral report (or written) on a topic agreed with individual students.
The exam will be by an oral test, destined to verify the learning of the key
points of the subject of study
Working students will study the same manuals and will integrate the
provided bibliography with the reading of essays specifically designed for
them; H. Blank, Il libro nel mondo antico (a cura di R. Otranto), Dedalo, Bari 2015