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The title of this page opens in the name of the mythical hero and literary figure. Some elements that make this figure one of humanity's founding myths are his role as wisdom's mediator, the versatility of his personality ready to confront the new and the different, his character that the epithet indicates as 'he who is able of great suffering'. We believe Ulysses should simultaneously become the emblem of European nations' unity and the metaphor of that culture of dialogue and experimentation that represents the basis of European civilization's best and more significant moments and of its essential values.

U.LI.S.S.E. is the acronym for UnitÓ linguistica storico scientifica europea [European historical-scientific linguistic unity], a research project within the 'Culture 2000' program supported by the University of Perugia and the associate universities of Lund and Malta. The project, while operating in a limited space of time, proposes the ambitious aim of offering European culture a contribution of awareness by awakening it to the extraordinary relevance of its classical roots, the Greek and Roman civilizations. This knowledge is indispensable for the study of these civilizations to continue, even in renewed forms also ab imis, to preside in its exemplarity to the new generations' formation.

The instrument to realize such an aim is represented by this webpage that intends to propose itself as a permanent forum for debates around the subject of classical education. We believe this subject bears profound values, rooted in our identity and it built the basis of the Western thought in philosophy, science, law, politics, in realizing great masterpieces in literature and art. Their access and comprehension contribute to life's quality, inducing to research and reflect about ourselves, stimulating our perception of being in time and satisfying the aesthetic pleasure of text and image.

A fundamental role in classical education is the one taken by Greek and Latin languages through which so much part of classical antiquity's message has reached our times. The purpose is to propose a learning method of the two languages which is functional to the exigencies of digital era. The program involves the elaboration of suitable instruments for the basic study of first and second level Greek and Latin. As the hypertext, that permits the access to a large amount of information on the signs of the author's works, opportunely selected so that such information is immediately accessible to the student operating in a systematical logic. The research group of Perugia in collaboration with that of Lund - represented by Karin and Jerker Blomqvist and that of Malta, represented by Joseph Mifsud, and, for what concerns linguistics and glotto-didactics, with the contribution of Diego Poli, director of the Dipartimento di Ricerca Linguistica, Letteraria e Filologica of the University of Macerata - is making the point on the studies on Greek and Latin lexicon, morphology and syntax in Europe with the purpose to study new teaching methods. In particular the group of Perugia is elaborating two hypertexts (following the prototype Pausania al computer), respectively based on The Old Oligarch' Athenaion Politeia, for Greek, and on the anonymous biographical collection De viris illustribus, for Latin, according to the 'new grammatical methodology' indications ideated by Nicoletta Natalucci.

Perugia, 20 September 2005 Carlo Santini - FacoltÓ di Lettere, University of Perugia.

progetto realizzato con il contributo della Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Perugia

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