The aims of this module are separated in two levels:
1. concerning the writing and presentation of a paper:
(A) to familiarize students with the research tools of classical philology;
(B) to locate the secondary literature on the topic of their choice;
(C) to learn how to collect the sources for the composition of a research seminar paper in which they should incorporate the secondary literature chosen in the proper manner;
(D) to get practice on the presentation and support of their papers
2. concerning the approach of the text under examination:
(E) to use and apply knowledge and trends already gained from undergraduate courses (textual literary work, understanding and primary interpretation, the generic parameters, the broader ideological, social and political contexts, etc.);
(F) to delve into issues of interpretation on the basis of current literary approaches (such as poetological approach, intra-textuality, inter-textuality, etc.);
(G) to familiarize themselves with the specialized research issues raised by every text and be informed of the research trends that have been established;
(H) ultimately to master in a relatively satisfactory way the ability to respond to the challenges and demands of a classicist’s work.
Course Content (Syllabus)
In this graduate seminar the special focus (Metadramatic readings in Seneca’s Tragedies) from Latin poetry serves as the starting point for a complex and specialized approach to various aspects of classical philology. Particular attention is paid to the interpretative approach through a close reading of the text from both a meta-dramatic and an extra-dramatic perspective. Emphasis is also paid on the evaluation of Senecan tragedy and its contribution to generic evolution. The generic approach requires student familiarization with Roman tragedy as well as Roman comedy.
The course requires the energetic participation of the students, who are also required to prepare the text in advance, and write a seminar paper, which they present in class as part of their course requirements.