KRMgr21 Reading Aristophanes

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2022
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Taught online.
Mgr. Jana Steklá, Ph.D. (lecturer)
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
KRBcZk B.A. Final Exam || KRBcSZk B.A. Final Exam
Deep knowledge of the Classical Greek normative grammar.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The aim of the course is to check whether students themselves are able to translate and interpret one selected comedy by Aristophanes.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students:
- should be able to translate one selected drama of Aristophanes in a correct way;
- understand the literary and historical context, on the basis of which they are able to interpret the piece;
- moreover, they are also well informed about the metres of the Greek comedy;
- know and use the later explanatory comments and commentaries (scholia).
  • Reading and translating one comedy of Aristophanes (the students choose on the basis of their individual interests).
  • Use of dictionaries, commentaries and grammar books.
  • Linguistic analysis of the text.
  • Historical background of the work.
    required literature
  • Textově kritické vydání dané Aristofanovy komedie (volba edice závisí na studentovi). Doporučit lze zejména komentované edice, vydávané v Oxford University Press (např. K. J. Dover: Clouds, Frogs; N. Dunbar: Birds; S. D. Olson: Acharnians, Peace).
    recommended literature
  • Doporučeníhodnou pomůckou při studiu budou také komentované anglické překlady všech v úplnosti dochovaných komedií, které pořídil A. H. Sommerstein.
  • A Greek-English lexicon : with a revised supplement, 1996. Edited by Henry Stuart Jones - Roderick McKenzie - Henry George Liddell - Robert. 9th ed. completed 1940 with. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1996. xlv, 2042. ISBN 0198642261. info
  • SCHWYZER, E. and A. DEBRUNNER. Griechische Grammatik. München, 1939. info
  • SMYTH, Herbert Weir. Greek Grammar. Harvard University Press, 2002. ISBN 0-674-36250-0. info
  • MÖLLENDORFF, Peter von. Aristophanes. Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlag, 2002. 222 s. ISBN 3487114879. info
  • NELSON, Stephanie A. Aristophanes and his tragic muse : comedy, tragedy and the polis in 5th century Athens. Leiden: Brill, 2016. viii, 384. ISBN 9789004310902. info
  • SIDWELL, Keith C. Aristophanes the democrat : the politics of satirical comedy during the Peloponnesian war. 1st pub. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. xv, 407. ISBN 9780521519984. info
  • WILSON, N. G. Aristophanea : studies on the text of Aristophanes. 1st pub. in pbk. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. x, 218. ISBN 9780199567805. info
  • WILLI, Andreas. The languages of Aristophanes : aspects of linguistic variation in Classical Attic Greek. 1st pub. in pbk. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. xi, 361. ISBN 9780199215102. info
  • GREER, Germaine and Phil WILLMOTT. Lysistrata - the sex strike : after Aristophanes. London: Aurora Metro Press, 2000. 96 s. ISBN 095367570X. info
    not specified
  • EHRENBERG, Victor. The people of Aristophanes : a sociology of old attic comedy. New York: Schocken Books. info
  • NELSON, Stephanie A. Aristophanes and his tragic muse : comedy, tragedy and the polis in 5th century Athens. Leiden: Brill, 2016. viii, 384. ISBN 9789004310902. info
  • Aristophanes' comedy of namesa study of speaking names in Aristophanes. Edited by Nikoletta Kanavou. New York: De Gruyter, 2010. xiv, 228 p. ISBN 9783110247060. info
  • Aristophanes and the carnival of genres. Edited by Charles Platter. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007. x, 257 p. ISBN 9780801885273. info
  • ARISTOFANÉS. Aristophanes. Edited by Aristofanés - Jeffrey Henderson. 1st pub. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2000. vi, 618. ISBN 9780674995871. info
  • Aristophanes, an author for the stage. Edited by Carlo Ferdinando Russo. New York: Routledge, 1994. 279 p. ISBN 0415010829. info
  • MURRAY, Gilbert. Aristophanes : a study. London: Oxford University Press, 1933. x, 268 s. info
Teaching methods
The course is not being taught in the standard form, but through the consultations during which the students solve the actual problems and answer questions concerning the text prescribed for translation.
Assessment methods
The knowledge of the texts is tested by translating selected passages into Czech and commenting on their linguistic features and historical and social context. The examination is oral, students have time for preparing the translation. Examination takes place in the examination period as well as during the semester (in the latter case, it is necessary to make appointment personally or by e-mail).
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught each semester.
Note related to how often the course is taught: Prostřednictvím individuálních konzultací.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Spring 2020, Autumn 2020, Spring 2021, Autumn 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023.
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