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Interpretations from Greek literature

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Course ID: 4018-CW1 Erasmus code / ISCED: 09.4 / (0232) Literature and linguistics
Course title: Interpretations from Greek literature Name in Polish: Interpretacje z literatury greckiej
Organizational unit: Faculty of "Artes Liberales"
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Language: Polish
Type of course:

obligatory courses

Prerequisites (description):

It is advisable for students to know English or another “congress” language well enough to read foreign-language literature of the subject.

Short description:

The course is devoted to reading, analysing, and interpreting the most important texts of Greek literature, taking into account its reception in the culture of later periods. The classes are largely a supplementation of the lectures Introduction to Greek culture and literature.

Full description:

The classes form part of the core curriculum of year one of the Mediterranean Studies course and are a practical supplementation of the lectures Introduction to Greek culture and literature. During the course students will learn about the most important authors and trends of Ancient Greek literature. The reception of Ancient Greek literature in subsequent culture will also be a major part of the course.

The following authors will be discussed: Homer, Hesiod, Sappho, Alcaeus, Anacreon, Archilochus, Tyrtaeus, Solon, Pindar, Aesop, Plato, Isocrates, Lysias, Demosthenes, Aristotle, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Theophrastus, Menander, Callimachus, Apollonius Rhodius, Theocritus, Polybius, Pausanias, Plutarch, Lucian, and others.

By reading selected works by the aforementioned authors, students will gain in-depth knowledge on the writing of Ancient Greece. This will allow them to discover references to works of Greek literature made by subsequent authors.


Lektura obowiązkowa:

1. Mitologia grecka (w opracowaniu do wyboru: R. Gravesa, J. Parandowskiego, Z. Kubiaka, K. Marciniak)

2. Iliada i Odyseja Homera

3. Teogonia i Prace i dnie Hezjoda

4. Wybór liryki archaicznej (w tym: Ody zwycięskie Pindara)

5. Bajki Ezopa

6. Oresteja Ajschylosa

7. Elektra i Król Edyp Sofoklesa

8. Ody zwycięskie Pindara

9. Dzieje II ks. Herodota

10. Medea, Elektra i Bachantki Eurypidesa

11. Wojna Peloponeska (Epitaphios logos oraz Dialog melijski) Tukidydesa

12. Obrona Sokratesa Platona

13. Żaby i Chmury Arystofanesa

14. Poetyka Arystotelesa

15. Dialogi zmarłych Lukiana

16. Rozmyślania Marka Aureliusza

Literatura uzupełniająca będzie sukcesywnie podawana w trakcie zajęć.

Learning outcomes:

Learning outcomes:


- knowing the most important authors of ancient Greek literature and their works

- knowing the main methods of analysing and interpreting a literary text

- knowing the basic terminology of literary and cultural studies

- knowing literary texts and works of visual arts invoking ancient Greek literature

- being aware of the importance of the ancient Greek heritage for European culture

- knowing and understanding the main principles related to copyright


- defining the genre of a text of ancient Greek literature

- recognizing ancient literary motifs

- analysing and interpreting a work of ancient Greek literature taking into account different contexts: historical, social, political

- studying and presenting the reception of a given work of ancient Greek literature in later periods

- analysing and interpreting a literary text and a work of visual arts invoking the ancient Greek literary heritage

Social competences:

- conducting effective preliminary research on a set topic and accurately presenting its results

- developing and communicating an oral presentation on the reception of ancient Greek literature accounting for the different needs of prospective listeners

- working in a group, carrying out set tasks

- when taking part actively in discussions, using substantive arguments and being respectful towards the different opinions of partners in the discussion

- understanding the need for continual learning

Assessment methods and assessment criteria:

It is the students’ fundamental duty to read required texts, from literature and from the literature of the subject, and to participate actively in classes.

During the course, the teacher plans short, 15-minute, most often unexpected tests at the start of a class, in the form of closed and/or open questions. The tests will check how well the students are prepared for class. Every student is required to pass all the tests. The minimum for a pass is 65%.

After the course there will be a final (yearly) test encompassing the entire material. This test will include closed and/or open questions. The minimum for a pass in the semester test is 65%.

Every student is also obligated to present one report during the course, on a topic agreed upon with the teacher (the report may be in any form: lecture, moderated discussion, multimedia presentation).

The final credit (100%) includes:

fragmentary tests - 30%

report - 10%

final (yearly) test - 60%

Students will receive a credit if they achieve the minimum, i.e. 65%.


below 65% - fail (D; Polish: 2)

65%-71% - pass (C; Polish: 3)

72%-78% - pass plus (C+; Polish: 3.5)

79%-86% - good (B; Polish: 4)

87%-93% - good plus (B+; Polish: 4.5)

94%-100% - very good (A; Polish: 5)

Two absences are allowed. Students must make up for any further absences during an individual meeting with the teacher.

Students are allowed to be unprepared for class once per semester. Students must make up for any further instances of being unprepared during an individual meeting with the teacher.

Practical placement: (in Polish)


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