KR012 Classical Greek Literature: Attic Prose and Hellenistic Period

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
doc. Mgr. Irena Radová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Irena Radová, Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Tue 8:00–9:40 B2.23
No specific demands; however, completion of the course Classical Greek Literature: From Homer to Euripides is recommended.
Course Enrolment Limitations
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Course objectives
The aim of the course, following after the course Classical Greek Literature: From Homer to Euripides, is to present the comprehensive summary of the further development of the poetic and prosaic literary genres in the ancient Greek literature in the Hellenistic age and partially also in the Classical period (Attic prose) with a short introduction into the Roman period. The lectures include also the ways of preserving evidence of Greek literature and examples of the reception of Greek literature.
Learning outcomes
After the completion of the course the students:
- can describe the development of the Greek literature in the periods in question together with the historical context;
- can characterize relevant genres of Greek prose and poetry in the periods in question and describe their particularities;
- can name the prominent figures of the genres in question and characterize their works;
- are also informed about the relevant secondary literature.
  • 1.-5. Prose of the Classical Period (historiography: Thucydides; Xenophon; rhetoric and oratory: Demosthenes; Isocrates; Lysias; philosophy).
  • 6. Hellenistic period – introduction (Museion).
  • 7.-8. Epic poetry of the Hellenistic period (Callimachus of Cyrene; Apollonius Rhodius).
  • 9. Didactic poetry of the Hellenistic period (Aratus; Nicander of Colophon).
  • 10. Lyric poetry of the Hellenistic period (Theocritus and his followers; epigrams).
  • 11. Hellenistic drama.
  • 12. Hellenistic prose (historiography; novel).
  • 13. The following development of the Greek literature in the Roman period.
    required literature
  • APOLLÓNIOS RHODSKÝ. Argonautika. Edited by Magdalena Moravová, Translated by Josef Jaroš. Vyd. 2. Praha: Argo, 2013. 319 s. ISBN 9788025707395. info
  • Písně pastvin a lesů. Praha: Svoboda, 1977. info
  • MENANDROS, ca 342-ca 292 př.Kr. Komedie pro všední den. Praha: Svoboda, 1983. info
  • Obrázky z řeckého života. Edited by Radislav Hošek, Translated by Radislav Hošek - Rudolf Mertlík - Ferdin. Praha: Svoboda, 1983. info
  • POLYBIOS. Dějiny. Translated by Pavel Oliva. Vydání první. Praha: Arista, 2011. 415 stran. ISBN 9788073401252. info
  • LÚKIÁNOS. Šlehy a úsměvy. Translated by Ladislav Varcl. Vyd. 1. Praha: Svoboda, 1969. 312 s. info
  • LONGOS. Dafnis a Chloé (Obsaž.) : Láska a dobrodružství. info
    recommended literature
  • BARTOŇKOVÁ, Dagmar. L. Canfora, Dějiny řecké literatury. přeložil kolektiv autorů pod vedením D. Bartoňkové (přeložila cca 300 stran). Praha: Koniasch Latin Press, 2001. 893 pp. info
  • The Cambridge History of Classical Literature. General ed. Patricia E. Easterling. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982. info
  • SCHMID, Wilhelm and Otto STÄHLIN. Geschichte der griechischen Literatur. München: Beck, 1961. info
  • LESKY, A. Geschichte der griechischen Literatur. Bern, 1971. info
  • CANFORA, Luciano. Storia della letteratura greca. Roma: Laterza, 1994. ISBN 88-421-0205-9. info
  • DEL CORNO, D. Letteratura greca. Milano, 1988. info
    not specified
  • STIEBITZ, Ferdinand. Stručné dějiny řecké literatury. 1. vyd. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1967. 247 s., př. info
Teaching methods
Lectures. Homework: reading discussed texts. E-learning.
Assessment methods
Individual reading during the semester (texts are partially to find in the e-course). Oral exam.
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Spring 2022.
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