This course deals with the study of the intersections of the sport with the law in ancient Rome.
Expected learning outcomes
- the knowledge of the fundamental institutions of Roman private law and the ability to understand all the principles implied by it; - the ability to elaborate the acquired notions, with reference to the reading of passages with Roman legal cases; - independence of judgment, and personal interpretation; - the use of an appropriate legal language; - an aptitude to continue further studies.
Lesson period: Second semester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
The analysis of legal texts on gladiatorial games, chariot-races, javelin throwing and other sports intends to detect the connections in ancient Rome between the sport and the law, and to detect how the sport not only was - and still is - conceived as a physical activity, but also played the function of a show.
Prerequisites for admission
Propaedeutic subjects passed
For the students who have attended the lectures the reading material will be provided by the teachers and uploaded on ARIEL. For the students who have not attended the lectures the program will be that of the previous academic years, which was based on a critical and reconstructive analysis of the legal and literary sources on food and diet in ancient Rome: 1) I. Fargnoli, Cibo e diritto. Antologia di fonti, 2ª ed., Giappichelli, Torino, 2015. 2) I. Fargnoli, I piaceri della tavola di Roma antica. Tra alimentazione e diritto, Giappichelli, Torino 2016.