Etruscology and italic antiquities

A.Y. 2021/2022
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-ANT/06
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The aim of the course is to provide the students with basic knowledge about the contents and methods of research regarding the civilisation of the Etruscans and those of ancient Italy in their mutual relationship inside the Italian Peninsula, and outside towards the Mediterranean and the Baltic Seas. Before Rome asserted its power, the Etruscan civilisation, in particular, was at the crossroads of the exchange of resources and knowledge, an essential reference point for the formation of Rome itself, of Italy and Europe, and for our knowledge of the History of the Ancient World.
Expected learning outcomes
Levels of knowledge: students acquire a basic knowledge of the historical development of the civilisation of the Etruscans, also regarding its relationship with the other civilisation of Ancient Italy and the main ones of the Mediterranean an Northern Europe.
Skills: students acquire a method for investigation of archaeological finds in order to see them in their geographic and chronological context and of analytical tools to make an informed assessment of the theoretical framework implemented by scholars, thus far.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
Lessons will be given primarily in presence in the classroom and in streaming on the TEAMS platform of the Course. Access registration to the classroom has to follow procedures given by the University.
Course syllabus
This program focuses on the culture, artistic achievements and history of the Etruscans and leads to basic knowledge of the civilisations of Ancient Italy. It is organised chronologically and covers proceeds geographically cultural environments yielded by archaeological research. Its aim is to present cultural realities, which are currently overlooked by pre-university courses, and encourage discovery of cultural identities, which are at the roots of European history. Particular attention is dedicated to the dynamics between populations that inhabited the Peninsula over more than ten centuries and to their contacts with the rest of the Mediterranean and Northern Europe.
Part A: The Etruscans in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea. Exchanges, contacts, and knowledge and skills exchange - from the dawn of the Etruscan civilisation to the Archaic Period.
It introduces themes concerning the main features of the Etruscan civilisation including religious and political forms and how they impacted on material culture according to its historical, environmental and territorial framework. Depicts a classification of the beginnings of the Etruscan culture from the end of the Bronze Age (1100-900 BCE) to the beginning of the Early Archaic Period (6th century BCE).
Part B: The Etruscans from the perspective of their relationship with the other populations of Ancient Italy, with Greece and Rome - from the Late Archaic Period to the age of Augustus.
It follows the development of the Etruscan Culture from the Late Archaic and Classic Periods (5th century BCE) to the age of Augustus and offers an overview of the relationship between historical and archaeological sources.
Part C: Introduction to the study of the pre-Roman civilisations of Ancient Italy.
It focuses on the population of pre-roman Italy across the cultural environments that the ancient tradition assigned to the Italian Peninsula, considered as a geographic location inhabited from the extreme edge of modern Calabria to the Alps.
Participating in the excavation program carried out by the University of Milan at Tarquinia is to be considered a supplementary didactic activity:
http://www.etruscologia.unimi.it/index.php/didattica/82-didattica/112-s…
Prerequisites for admission
Students are expected to be willing to acquire analytical tools at a university level and raise awareness that this attitude implies implementation of a personal method of comparing and contrasting different sources of information. An appreciated prerequisite is a basic knowledge of the history of the foremost civilisations of the Mediterranean (Greece and Rome).
Teaching methods
Teaching methods are focused on the lectures of the course, which are the essential reference point. Teaching is based on the use of a large quantity of images that contribute to making the students familiar with ancient testimonies and support them in the study of the collection of images available at the website. The aim of this type of teaching material is to encourage the acquisition of contents and promote skills in discussion and in-depth study that will be verified during the exam. Participation in the excavation of the University of Milan at Tarquinia is a precious integration of the course.
Teaching Resources
Detailed exam program for each individual unit for attending and non-attending students.
Part A
1) Reference Texts:
-M. Pallottino, Etruscologia, Milano, Hoepli (also editions from 1997 onwards are fine), chapters: I, II, III, VI, VII, VIII, IX (introduction and general themes)
-G. Bartoloni (ed.), Introduzione all'Etruscologia, Milano 2011 (Hoepli), chapters: 3, 4, 11 (introduction and general themes); chapters: 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4, 9.5, 10.1, 10.2, 10.3 (archaeological evidence).
2) Collection of archaeological evidence: downloadable images (available at http://www.etruscologia.unimi.it/index.php/didattica/82-didattica/109-l…) must be assessed and related to the above-mentioned reference texst. Titles and subject of the lessons are indicated on the same website.
Part B
1) Reference Text:
G. Bartoloni (a cura di), Introduzione all'Etruscologia, Milano 2011 (Hoepli), chapters: 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7, 6.4, 6.5, 7, 8.4, 8.5, 8.6, 8.7, 8.8, 8.9, 9.6, 9.7, 9.8, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6 (archaeological evidence).
2) Collection of archaeological evidence: downloadable images (available at http://www.etruscologia.unimi.it/index.php/didattica/82-didattica/109-l…) must be assessed and related to the above-mentioned reference text. Titles and subject of the lessons are indicated on the same website.
Part C
Collection of images, captions, and texts concerning the civilisations of Ancient Italy are available at http://etruscologia.di.unimi.it/index.php/didattica/82-didattica/109-la…
Download at: Unità Didattica III

Warning
Attending students are going to find appropriate assistance and detailed information during the course; non-attending students, should they need more in-depth support, may consult the following bibliography:
-G. Pugliese Carratelli (a cura di), Rasenna. Storia e civiltà degli Etruschi, Milano 1986
-G. Pugliese Carratelli (a cura di), Italia. Omnium terrarum alumna. La civiltà dei Veneti, Reti, Liguri, Celti, Piceni, Umbri, Latini, Campani e Iapigi, Milano 1988
-G. Pugliese Carratelli (a cura di), Italia omnium terrarum parens. La civiltà degli Enotri, Choni, Ausoni, Sanniti, Lucani, Brettii, Sicani, Siculi, Elimi, Milano 1989
-Enciclopedia dell'arte antica, classica e orientale, Roma (Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana)
P.S. These volumes can be found in the Library of the Department (Biblioteca SAFM) and in Biblioteca Sottocrociera.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The examination is based on an interview on the topics of the program. It aims at ascertaining the knowledge of the fundamental elements of the culture of the Etruscans, of objects and monuments that characterize their history and artistic civilization from the Villanovan period to the early imperial age, and of the civilizations of ancient Italy. The interview takes place in three parts:
first part - general questions concerning the civilization and history of the Etruscans
second part - assessment of knowledge about the Etruscan material culture through images (downloadable from the website)
third part - assessment of knowledge about the basic aspects of the civilizations of ancient Italy (downloadable from the website)
International or Erasmus students and students with disabilities and/or Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) should contact the teacher in advance
Unita' didattica A
L-ANT/06 - ETRUSCOLOGY AND ITALIC ANTIQUITIES - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-ANT/06 - ETRUSCOLOGY AND ITALIC ANTIQUITIES - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-ANT/06 - ETRUSCOLOGY AND ITALIC ANTIQUITIES - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours