14061 - Greek Language (1)

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to know the structures of Ancient Greek language, the main features of its dialects, the major metres of Greek poetry, and to read the Greek texts included in the course contents.

Course contents

a) Special focus: reading of the Greek text of Iliad 3.

b) Core course: Greek historical grammar (with a special attention to morphology); reading of the Greek text of Theophrastus’ Characters.


Course timetable: Tuesday 9-11 am (Aula V, Via Zamboni 38), Wedneday 11-13 am (Aula Tibiletti, Via Zamboni 38), Friday 11-13 am (Aula VI, Via Zamboni 38).

Beginning of the course: 1 February 2022.

For students who are beginners of Ancient Greek: see the important news.


a) For a critical edition of Iliad 3 see T.W. Allen, Homeri opera, I, Oxonii 1920.

For an Italian translation of Iliad 3 see either Omero. Iliade, a cura di F. Ferrari, Milano (Mondadori) 2018 or Omero. Iliade, a cura di G. Cerri, comm. di A. Gostoli, Milano (BUR) 2008.

For a general knowledge of the Homeric poetry and its main issues, read one of the following texts: S. Nannini, Omero l’autore necessario, Napoli (Liguori) 2010; F. Montanari, Introduzione a Omero, Roma (Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura) 2013; A. Ercolani, Omero. Introduzione allo studio dell'epica greca, Roma (Carocci) 2016.

For the text and translation of Theophrastus’ Characters, see Teofrasto. I caratteri, a cura di G. Pasquali, Milano (BUR, Rizzoli) 1979.

b) The reading of one of the following handbooks is required: L. Heilmann, Grammatica storica della lingua greca, Torino, Sei, 1963; P. Chantraine, Morphologie historique du grec, Paris, Klincksieck, 1947; D. Pieraccioni, Morfologia storica della lingua greca, Messina-Firenze, D'Anna, 1975. See also C. Neri (et all.), Μέθοδος. Corso di lingua e cultura greca. Grammatica, Firenze, D’Anna, 2018.

Students who cannot attend the course are invited to talk with the teachers in order to define an alternative bibliography.

Teaching methods

During the 30 hours of the main course the teacher will read and comment the texts; the students will be provided with some hours of seminar, devoted to Theophrastus’ Characters: Friday, 13-15, Room V, Via Zamboni 38

Assessment methods

The oral examination will be an interview in which the teachers, through a series of questions, will test the theoretical knowledge and the theoretical-practical methodologies as explained during the lectures. In particular, the student will be invited to read one of the texts analyzed in class, to give a translation, a commentary and to highlight and comment the linguistic phenomena found in that passage.

As a result, the student may be asked to analyze from a linguistic point of view any Greek word found in the text read. The candidate will pass the exam by proving to understand very well the Greek text, to have a firm knowledge of the structures of ancient Greek, and to be able to place them into a historical perspective. In this case, the evaluation ranges from 18 to 30 cum laude depending on how sure, well-founded, precise and rigorous will be the answers of the candidate.

Exam registration must be made through AlmaEsami at the following website: https://almaesami.unibo.it/almaesami/welcome.htm

Teaching tools

PC, projector, photocopies.

Office hours

See the website of Valentina Garulli