Interpretations from Greek literature 4018-CW1
The classes form part of the core curriculum of year one of the Mediterranean Studies course and are a practical supplementation of the lectures Introduction to Greek culture and literature. During the course students will learn about the most important authors and trends of Ancient Greek literature. The reception of Ancient Greek literature in subsequent culture will also be a major part of the course.
The following authors will be discussed: Homer, Hesiod, Sappho, Alcaeus, Anacreon, Archilochus, Tyrtaeus, Solon, Pindar, Aesop, Plato, Isocrates, Lysias, Demosthenes, Aristotle, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Theophrastus, Menander, Callimachus, Apollonius Rhodius, Theocritus, Polybius, Pausanias, Plutarch, Lucian, and others.
By reading selected works by the aforementioned authors, students will gain in-depth knowledge on the writing of Ancient Greece. This will allow them to discover references to works of Greek literature made by subsequent authors.
Type of course
- knowing the most important authors of ancient Greek literature and their works
- knowing the main methods of analysing and interpreting a literary text
- knowing the basic terminology of literary and cultural studies
- knowing literary texts and works of visual arts invoking ancient Greek literature
- being aware of the importance of the ancient Greek heritage for European culture
- knowing and understanding the main principles related to copyright
- defining the genre of a text of ancient Greek literature
- recognizing ancient literary motifs
- analysing and interpreting a work of ancient Greek literature taking into account different contexts: historical, social, political
- studying and presenting the reception of a given work of ancient Greek literature in later periods
- analysing and interpreting a literary text and a work of visual arts invoking the ancient Greek literary heritage
- conducting effective preliminary research on a set topic and accurately presenting its results
- developing and communicating an oral presentation on the reception of ancient Greek literature accounting for the different needs of prospective listeners
- working in a group, carrying out set tasks
- when taking part actively in discussions, using substantive arguments and being respectful towards the different opinions of partners in the discussion
- understanding the need for continual learning
It is the students’ fundamental duty to read required texts, from literature and from the literature of the subject, and to participate actively in classes.
During the course, the teacher plans short, 15-minute, most often unexpected tests at the start of a class, in the form of closed and/or open questions. The tests will check how well the students are prepared for class. Every student is required to pass all the tests. The minimum for a pass is 65%.
After the course there will be a final (yearly) test encompassing the entire material. This test will include closed and/or open questions. The minimum for a pass in the semester test is 65%.
Every student is also obligated to present one report during the course, on a topic agreed upon with the teacher (the report may be in any form: lecture, moderated discussion, multimedia presentation).
The final credit (100%) includes:
fragmentary tests - 30%
report - 10%
final (yearly) test - 60%
Students will receive a credit if they achieve the minimum, i.e. 65%.
below 65% - fail (D; Polish: 2)
65%-71% - pass (C; Polish: 3)
72%-78% - pass plus (C+; Polish: 3.5)
79%-86% - good (B; Polish: 4)
87%-93% - good plus (B+; Polish: 4.5)
94%-100% - very good (A; Polish: 5)
Two absences are allowed. Students must make up for any further absences during an individual meeting with the teacher.
Students are allowed to be unprepared for class once per semester. Students must make up for any further instances of being unprepared during an individual meeting with the teacher.
1. Mitologia grecka (w opracowaniu do wyboru: R. Gravesa, J. Parandowskiego, Z. Kubiaka, K. Marciniak)
2. Iliada i Odyseja Homera
3. Teogonia i Prace i dnie Hezjoda
4. Wybór liryki archaicznej (w tym: Ody zwycięskie Pindara)
5. Bajki Ezopa
6. Oresteja Ajschylosa
7. Elektra i Król Edyp Sofoklesa
8. Ody zwycięskie Pindara
9. Dzieje II ks. Herodota
10. Medea, Elektra i Bachantki Eurypidesa
11. Wojna Peloponeska (Epitaphios logos oraz Dialog melijski) Tukidydesa
12. Obrona Sokratesa Platona
13. Żaby i Chmury Arystofanesa
14. Poetyka Arystotelesa
15. Dialogi zmarłych Lukiana
16. Rozmyślania Marka Aureliusza
Literatura uzupełniająca będzie sukcesywnie podawana w trakcie zajęć.
Information on level of this course, year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered, types and amount of class hours - can be found in course structure diagrams of apropriate study programmes. This course is related to the following study programmes:
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