KRMgr05 Interpretative Seminar – Greek Epic and Lyric Poetry

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2023
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
doc. Mgr. Irena Radová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
PhDr. Mgr. Viktor Zavřel (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
Advanced orientation in a Greek text.
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
Course objectives
The main objective of the course is to understand deeply selected passages of epic and lyric works (see below the selection of texts) and of the development of both literary genres in the classical Greek literature.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course students should be able to:
- translate into Czech and critically interpret selected ancient Greek epic and lyric texts;
- discuss literary context of the works in question; describe literary devices used in these works;
- apply the principles of the Greek prosodic system to epic lyrics and selected lyrical strophes;
- work independently with foreign-language literature, electronic databases and various sources of information.
  • 1. Greek epic poetry: development; metre.
  • 2. Homer.
  • 3. Hesiod.
  • 3. Callimachus.
  • 4. Apollonius Rhodius.
  • 5. Nonnus of Panopolis.
  • 6. Greek lyric poetry: development; metres.
  • 7. Elegaic poetry.
  • 8. Iambic poetry.
  • 9-10. Sappho; Alcaeus; Anacreon.
  • 11. Choric poetry.
  • 12.-13. Greek epigrams.
    required literature
  • Textově kritická vydání k jednotlivým básníkům (volba konkrétní edice je ponechána na studentovi).
  • Kvalitní filologický komentář k jednotlivým textům (volba konkrétního komentáře je ponechána na studentovi).
  • LIDDELL, H. G. and R. SCOTT. A Greek-English Dictionary. Oxford, 1951. info
    recommended literature
  • SMYTH, Herbert Weir. Greek Grammar. Harvard University Press, 2002. ISBN 0-674-36250-0. info
  • SCHWYZER, E. and A. DEBRUNNER. Griechische Grammatik. München, 1939. info
  • A companion to ancient epic. Edited by John Miles Foley. 1st pub. Malden: Blackwell Publishing, 2005. xxiv, 664. ISBN 1405105240. info
  • The Greek epic cycle and its ancient reception : a companion. Edited by Marco Fantuzzi - Christos Tsagalis. First published. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. xiii, 678. ISBN 9781107012592. info
  • The Cambridge companion to Greek lyric. Edited by Felix Budelmann. 1st pub. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. xxi, 457. ISBN 9780521614764. info
  • A companion to the Greek lyric poets. Edited by Douglas E. Gerber. Leiden: Brill, 1997. viii, 287. ISBN 9004099441. info
Teaching methods
Planned learning activities and teaching methods consist of lectures, reading, translation, commentary on text, discussion and preparatory homework.
Assessment methods
Credits are awarded for the demonstration of student's ability to translate selected text from Greek epic and lyric poetry and provide for a philological commentary. Other essentials are: presence in the class (75%) and a seminary work.
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught once in two years.
The course is taught: every week.
General note: Předmět je povinný.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2021.
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