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 an academic 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 the core 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 narratology, structuralism, post-structuralism, 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 seminar the special focus (author, work, seminar topic) from Latin prose 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 to the text, both through close reading and by emphasis on the evolution of the specific genre, the evaluation of its place in Latin literature and its contribution to generic evolution.
For the Spring semester of the 2014-15 acad. year, the following seminars on Latin prose are offered for selection:
Seneca, De Ira (Instr. Th. Antoniadis)
Titus Livius, Ab urbe condita (Instr. Chr. Tsitsiou)
The course requires the energetic participation of the students, who are also required to write a seminar paper, which they present in class. At the end of the semester there may be an oral or written examination.