Antiquity and greek studies

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-ANT/02
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The aim of the course is to provide students with an introduction to the institutional aspects of the Greek cities, both in the public and the private sphere, and their development over the centuries to the Hellenistic and Roman periods, also through a selection of epigraphic documents and other relevant sources.
Expected learning outcomes
The expected learning outcomes include:
- detailed knowledge of the fundamental themes and questions concerning the development of Greek institutions, both in the public and the private domain, from the origins to the Hellenistic and Roman age, with reference to their historical and environmental context;
- basic knowledge of the events and development of Greek history, with reference to the topics dealt with in the documentary and literary sources examined and in the recommended texts and handbooks;
- ability to understand the literary and epigraphic texts in regard to their characters and nature and to place them within their institutional and chronological context;
- awareness of the methodological questions posed by a critical approach to the sources (literary, epigraphic, numismatic , papyrological and arcaheological);
- ability to present topics with precision and to appropriately use the language specific to the discipline;
- basic knowledge of the essential bibliographical resources.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Lectures will be delivered remotely, principally in synchronous format via Teams, and they will then be uploaded to Ariel for students who cannot attend the lectures via Teams.
On the course page on Ariel, students will be able to find all the information on the lectures and any changes to the programme and its related documents (bibliography etc). 
Finally, in case it proves impossible to hold the exam face to face, the exam will take place remotely, in ways which will be communicated on the course page on Ariel at the end of the course.
Course syllabus
The topics dealt with during the course include:
A) The institutions of Sparta and Delphi. Historical and constitutional aspects.
B) The political and institutional history of Athens in the Aristotelian Constitution of Athens.
C) The ancient Greeks and the land. Economic, social and administrative issues.
Prerequisites for admission
- ability to express oneself in an appropriate manner;
- knowledge of the broad outlines of Greek history and of its most important events and figures;
- ability to use ancient sources being aware of their peculiar characters;
- knowledge of the geographical context of ancient Greek civilization.
Teaching methods
The course is offered in a lecture format and developed through a selection of inscriptions and passages from literary sources which will be the subject of detailed commentaries. The focus will be on the history of Greek istitutions, public and private, from the origins to the hellenistic and Roman periods, also in relation to other disciplines and approaches developed within classical studies and ancient history. An introduction to the use of the fundamental bibliographical and electronic resources will be provided. Knowledge of ancient Greek is required only for Classics students. Attendance of the course on Teams is highly recommended.
Teaching Resources
All students are required to attend classes, both in synchronous (on Teams) or asynchronous (on Ariel) method. Therefore the reference material is the same in both cases.

Programme for 6 cfu:
A
Together with the lectures notes and ancient sources examined during the course (sections A, B), the knowledge of the following texts is required:
- G. Camassa, Forme della vita politica dei Greci in età arcaica e classica, Bologna, Monduzzi Editore, 2007
- M. Lupi, Sparta. Storia e rappresentazioni di una città greca, Roma, Carocci, 2017

B
Knowledge of:
- Aristotele, Constitution of Athens. Recommended edition by P.J. Rhodes, traduzione di A. Zambrini, T. Gargiulo, PJ. Rhodes, Milano, Fondazione Lorenzo Valla - Mondadori, 2016
- K.A. Raaflaub, J. Ober, R.W. Wallace, Le origini della democrazia nell'antica Grecia, con capitoli di P. Cartledge e C. Farrar, traduzione di L. Spinelli, Milano, Ariele, 2011.


Programme for 9 cfu:
A
Together with the lectures notes and ancient sources examined during the course (sections A, B, C), the knowledge of the following texts is required:
- G. Camassa, Forme della vita politica dei Greci in età arcaica e classica, Bologna, Monduzzi Editore, 2007
- M. Lupi, Sparta. Storia e rappresentazioni di una città greca, Roma, Carocci, 2017

B
Knowledge of:
- Aristotele, Constitution of Athens. Recommended edition by P.J. Rhodes, traduzione di A. Zambrini, T. Gargiulo, PJ. Rhodes, Milano, Fondazione Lorenzo Valla - Mondadori, 2016
- K.A. Raaflaub, J. Ober, R.W. Wallace, Le origini della democrazia nell'antica Grecia, con capitoli di P. Cartledge e C. Farrar, traduzione di L. Spinelli, Milano, Ariele, 2011

C
Knowledge of:
- L. Migeotte, L'economia delle città greche, traduzione italiana a cura di U. Fantasia, Roma, Carocci, 2005
- B. Bravo, Una società legata alla terra, in S. Settis (ed.), I Greci, 2. Una storia greca. I. Formazione, Torino, Einaudi, 1996, pp. 527-560
- M. Lombardo, La documentazione epigrafica, in Problemi della chora coloniale dall'Occidente al Mar Nero. Atti del XL Convegno di Studi sulla Magna Grecia (Taranto, 29 settembre - 3 ottobre 2000), Taranto 2001, pp. 73-114.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam is oral and aims at ascertaining students' knowledge of the topics and texts dealt with during the course on the basis of the materials and sources provided (and uploaded on the Ariel platform) and of the books in the reading list.
Assessment criteria are the following: ability to organize knowledge through discourse; critical reasoning skills with regard to the topics considered; ability to present topics and express oneself with the specialist language appropriate to the discipline.
Marks are out of 30.
Unita' didattica A
L-ANT/02 - GREEK HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-ANT/02 - GREEK HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-ANT/02 - GREEK HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
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