This course is open to and compulsory for Research Master students in Classics and Ancient Civilizations (all specializations).
For various reasons and purposes ancient civilizations have produced extensive commentaries on literary, philosophical, religious, mathematical, and astrological texts they considered to be of crucial importance to their cultural or professional identity.
In this course a team of instructors will present representative samples of commentary literature from each of the cultures studied in the Research Master Classics and Ancient Civilizations.
Central issues will be the causes that led to the rise and development of a commentary tradition, the definition and characteristics of the genre, the context of the commentary in a teaching environment (if applicable), and the authors and public of commentaries. The resulting body of sample texts will then be used to perform a cross-cultural comparison that seeks to identify and explain similarities and differences between the cultural domains, and explore the possibilities of cross-cultural interaction in this field.
Analysis and interpretation of a wide variety of commentary texts from different cultural backgrounds;
Encouragement of critical thinking;
The student is able to comment on similarities and differences between commentaries derived from various cultures and to their interaction.
Please consult the timetable on the Classics and Ancient Civilizations website.
Mode of instruction
Independent study of scholarly literature
Class presentation, 40%
Final paper, 50%
Blackboard will be used for course materials and the distribution of hand outs.
To be announced in class.