Roman History

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-ANT/03
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide the intellectual elements of the history of Rome (from its foundation to Late Antiquity) as well as the guidelines and historiographic languages relating to the period under consideration. The course also aims to provide lexical and conceptual tools suitable for both scientific and popular historical communication.
Expected learning outcomes
The course aims to introduce participants to the historical reflection on Roman History, opening them to the use of published and unpublished sources and the printed and online bibliographic tools essential for the study of the history of Rome. Through the analysis of concrete examples, students will be introduced to different methodologies of historical investigation and the study of documentation (primarily literary and epigraphical). At the end of the course students will be able to critically read primary sources and scientific texts relating to the historical period under consideration and develop independent reflections on the main historical and historiographical issues related to the history of Rome. These skills will be acquired through a direct and continuous meeting with the instructor in the classroom: in particular, through critical reflection on documents and texts proposed for individual analysis and participation in seminar activities. Students opting not to attend the lessons will be able to make use of the educational tools provided by the instructor on Ariel, deepen their knowledge of main topics through special readings with the agreement with the instructor, and of course contact the instructor either by e-mail and during office hours.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
Lectures will be delivered remotely, principally in synchronous format via Microsoft 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) in case of lockdown. 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
Title of the course: The Theodosian Age
Part A: From the Battle of Adrianople to the Division of the Empire
Part B: The Arcadian establishment
Part C: The Age of Theodosius II
Prerequisites for admission
There are no specific requirements different from those requested for the degree admission.
Teaching methods
Attendance to classes is strongly recommended although not compulsory. The teaching is delivered through frontal lectures aimed primarily at the acquisition of knowledge, competence and specific language of the subject. Discussion with the teacher in the classroom is integrant part of the didactic method and aims at promoting a critical attitude and the capacity to apply the acquired competence and knowledge.
The teaching is also based on didactic material provided on Ariel.
Teaching Resources
ATTENDING STUDENTS
- Programme for 6 cfu

1) H. Leppin, Teodosio il Grande, Roma, Salerno
2) U. Roberto, L'impero di Teodosio, in Storia d'Europa e del Mediterraneo, sezione III - vol. VII (L'impero tardoantico), Roma 2010, 153-198
3) Knowledge of one of the following chapters:
- P. Porena, L'amministrazione tardoantica, in Storia d'Europa e del Mediterraneo, sezione III - vol. VII (L'impero tardoantico), Roma 2010, 525-600
- J.H.W.G. Liebeschuetz, Barbarians and Bishops. Army, Church, and State in the Age of Arcadius and Chrysostom, Oxford 1990, 93-145.

NB: For students who did not take the exam of Roman History in the undergraduate programme the preceding texts (points 1-3) are replaced by: G. Geraci - A. Marcone, Storia romana, EDITIO MAIOR, Firenze, "Le Monnier" 2017

4) Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (parts A and B)

- Programme for 9 cfu

1) H. Leppin, Teodosio il Grande, Roma, Salerno
2) U. Roberto, L'impero di Teodosio, in Storia d'Europa e del Mediterraneo, sezione III - vol. VII (L'impero tardoantico), Roma 2010, 153-198
3) Knowledge of one of the following chapters:
- P. Porena, L'amministrazione tardoantica, in Storia d'Europa e del Mediterraneo, sezione III - vol. VII (L'impero tardoantico), Roma 2010, 525-600
- J.H.W.G. Liebeschuetz, Barbarians and Bishops. Army, Church, and State in the Age of Arcadius and Chrysostom, Oxford 1990, 93-145.

NB: For students who did not take the exam of Roman History in the undergraduate programme the preceding texts (points 1-3) are replaced by: G. Geraci - A. Marcone, Storia romana, EDITIO MAIOR, Firenze, "Le Monnier" 2017

4) Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (parts A, B and C)
5) L. Mecella, Ciro di Panopoli. Potere politica e poesia alla corte di Teodosio II, Catania 2020

NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS

- Programme for 6 cfu
1) H. Leppin, Teodosio il Grande, Roma, Salerno
2) U. Roberto, L'impero di Teodosio, in Storia d'Europa e del Mediterraneo, sezione III - vol. VII (L'impero tardoantico), Roma 2010, 153-198
3) Knowledge of one of the following chapters:
- P. Porena, L'amministrazione tardoantica, in Storia d'Europa e del Mediterraneo, sezione III - vol. VII (L'impero tardoantico), Roma 2010, 525-600
- J.H.W.G. Liebeschuetz, Barbarians and Bishops. Army, Church, and State in the Age of Arcadius and Chrysostom, Oxford 1990, 93-145.

NB: For students who did not take the exam of Roman History in the undergraduate programme the preceding texts (points 1-3) are replaced by: G. Geraci - A. Marcone, Storia romana, EDITIO MAIOR, Firenze, "Le Monnier" 2017

4) N. Lenski, Il fallimento dell'impero. Valente e lo stato romano nel quarto secolo d.C., Palermo, 21editore
5) G. Ravegnani, Galla Placidia, Bologna, Il Mulino

- Programme for 9 cfu

1) H. Leppin, Teodosio il Grande, Roma, Salerno
2) U. Roberto, L'impero di Teodosio, in Storia d'Europa e del Mediterraneo, sezione III - vol. VII (L'impero tardoantico), Roma 2010, 153-198
3) Knowledge of one of the following chapters:
- P. Porena, L'amministrazione tardoantica, in Storia d'Europa e del Mediterraneo, sezione III - vol. VII (L'impero tardoantico), Roma 2010, 525-600
- J.H.W.G. Liebeschuetz, Barbarians and Bishops. Army, Church, and State in the Age of Arcadius and Chrysostom, Oxford 1990, 93-145.

NB: For students who did not take the exam of Roman History in the undergraduate programme the preceding texts (points 1-3) are replaced by: G. Geraci - A. Marcone, Storia romana, EDITIO MAIOR, Firenze, "Le Monnier" 2017

4) N. Lenski, Il fallimento dell'impero. Valente e lo stato romano nel quarto secolo d.C., Palermo, 21editore
5) G. Ravegnani, Galla Placidia, Bologna, Il Mulino
6) P. Brown, Il mondo tardo antico. Da Marco Aurelio a Maometto, Torino, Einaudi
7) T. Gnoli - V. Neri (a cura di), Le identità regionali nell'impero tardoantico, Milano, Jouvence (chapter 4 is optional)

International and Erasmus students are invited to promptly get in touch with the professor in order to arrange a reading plan (available in English) for exam preparation.
Assessment methods and Criteria
- Method: oral exam
- Evaluation criteria: capacity to demonstrate and elaborate knowledge; capacity for critical reflection on the completed work; quality of exposition, competence in the use of specialised lexicon, efficacy and clarity.
- Type of evaluation method: mark in 30s
The format of the exam for students with disabilities should be arranged in advance with the professor, as well as the relevant office.
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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