Roman History

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-ANT/03
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims at strengthening and increasing students' knowledge of the history of ancient Rome by focusing on the most significant periods and moments of Roman history and thanks to the analysis of ancient historiographical and epigraphical sources
Expected learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course and thanks to the analysis of ancient sources students are expected to acquire critical and methodological instruments useful to the reconstruction and interpretation of the most meaningful moments of the history of Rome. They are also expected to develop analytical and critical abilities as to problems of a historiographical nature as well as adequate language and appropriate related vocabulary.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
The providing modalities of the course (on line / in presence) will be later determined according to the evolution of sanitary emergency.
Course syllabus
Course syllabus
Title of the course
Claudius' Principate (60 hours; 9 cfu)

Part A: (20 hours; 3 cfu): Augustus and the Julio-Claudian dynasty.
Part B (20 hours; 3 cfu): Claudius' Principate: themes and documents.
Part C (20 hours; 3 cfu): Claudius, the Domus Augusta and the imperial court.

The course is organized into three Parts.
Part A will provide a comprehensive picture of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, starting from the problems connected to Augustus' succession.
Part B will focus on Claudius' principate. Through the analysis of literary and epigraphical documents a specific attention will be paid to Claudius' reforms in the administration of the Empire and to his choices as to internal and external policy.
Part C will be devoted to the study of the Domus Augusta and to the role that the imperial court played in the political and administrative life of the Empire.
Prerequisites for admission
No prerequisites for admission
Teaching methods
Teaching methods
The course will concentrate on the analysis of historical sources, the most relevant of which will be also uploaded on the Ariel website of the course. The lectures will aim at providing a wide picture of political-institutional problems of the early imperial age and at stimulating critical independent reflection on the themes that will arise from the analysis of ancient sources.
Students are strongly encouraged to ask questions and to convey their own observations on the themes under examination.
Furthermore, scholars from other universities will be invited to contribute to the course, with a view to offering different views on the themes discussed in class and thus further stimulating the reflection on the imperial age.
Teaching Resources
Teaching Resources

Bibliographical references for attending students:

Part A
1) Handbook:
For students who did not take the exam of Roman History in the undergraduate programme:
G. Geraci- A. Marcone, Storia Romana. Editio maior. Le Monnier (entire book)

For students who already took the exam of Roman History in the undergraduate programme:
E. Gabba et alii, Introduzione alla Storia di Roma, Led (pp. 11-170; pp. 233-445)

2) Lectures notes

Part B
1) A. Momigliano, L'opera dell'imperatore Claudio, Jouvence
or
P. Buongiorno, Claudio. Il principe inatteso, Maut Srl-21 Editore, Palermo 2017
2) Lectures Notes

Part C
1) Svetonio, Vite dei Cesari. Claudio, BUR
or
L'imperatore Claudio (Vite dei Cesari V), a cura di G. Guastella , Marsilio
Lectures Notes



Bibliographical indications for non-attending students:

Part A
1) Handbook
For students who did not take the exam of Roman History in the undergraduate programme:
G. Geraci- A. Marcone, Storia Romana. Editio maior. Le Monnier (entire book)

For students having taken the exam of Roman History in the undergraduate programme:
E. Gabba et alii, Introduzione alla Storia di Roma, Led (pp. 11-170; pp. 233-445)


Part B
1) A. Momigliano, L'opera dell'imperatore Claudio, Jouvence
or
P. Buongiorno, Claudio. Il principe inatteso, Maut Srl-21 Editore, Palermo

2) M. Pani, La corte dei Cesari da Augusto a Nerone, Laterza, Roma-Bari
or
A. Marcone, P. Arena, Augusto e la creazione del principato. La questione dinastica, Le Monnier
Part C
1) Svetonio, Vite dei Cesari. Claudio, BUR
or
L'imperatore Claudio (Vite dei Cesari V), a cura di G. Guastella, Marsilio

2) One of the following books:
- F. Cenerini, Dive e donne. Mogli, madri, figlie e sorelle di imperatori da Augusto a Commodo, Angelini Ed. Imola
- P. Grimal, Memorie di Agrippina, Garzanti
- A. Carandini, Io, Agrippina, Laterza


- A. Carandini, Io, Agrippina, Laterza, Roma-Bari
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final test will consist of an oral examination, in which students will be assessed with regard to knowledge of the handbook and of the other suggested texts. Moreover, attending students are expected to thoroughly know the themes that will be treated during the course.
Unita' didattica A
L-ANT/03 - ROMAN HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-ANT/03 - ROMAN HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-ANT/03 - ROMAN HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
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