Greek epigraphy

A.Y. 2021/2022
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-ANT/02
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The aim of the course it to provide students with the basic elements, methods and technical aspects of Greek epigraphy as well as an introduction to the use of inscriptions as a source for historical research.
Examination of a selection of documents, both public and private, will moreover illuminate important aspects of the political, administrative, social and cultural history of the Greek world.
Expected learning outcomes
The expected learning outcomes include:
- detailed knowledge of the fundamental elements of Greek epigraphy and of the core questions concerning a) the origins of alphabetic writing in the Greek world, b) its diversified uses (from basic to complex) in respect to the different writing media, and c) the various graphic and linguistic features of Greek inscriptions and their development from the archaic period to Roman times;
- ability to identify the various material features and typologies of inscriptions (public and private), as well as their specific formulaic language and their meanings and objectives as means of communication;
- ability to understand the methodological problems connected to the use of inscriptions as a source of historical information;
- ability to appropriately use the specific language of the discipline;
- basic knowledge of the essential bibliographical resources within the discipline.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
More specific information on the delivery mode of training activities for academic year 2021/2022 will be provided over the coming months based on the evolution of the public health situation.
Course syllabus
Title: Epigraphy and the economy of the Greek cities.

The topics dealt with during the course include:
Part A: Greek epigraphy: alphabets, types of inscribed material, categories of texts, techniques of reading and transcribing inscriptions.
Parts B-C: Greek Economic Inscriptions. Production, trade, finance, institutions.
Prerequisites for admission
The course is addressed to students who have already knowledge of ancient Greek and of the of the broad outlines of Greek history and of its most important events and figures.
Teaching methods
Part A will be offered in a lecture format and will be dedicated to the history of Greek epigraphy and its technical aspects. Parts B and C will be offered as seminar presentations, open to discussion and developed through the study of a set of inscriptions, analyzed both in their palaeographic aspects both in their historical, economic, institutional context. An introduction to the use of the fundamental bibliographical and electronic resources will be provided.
The teaching is also based on educational material provided on ARIEL, where texts and documents discussed during the course will be available for downloading as well.
Attendance of the course is highly recommended.
Teaching Resources
Programme for 6 cfu for attending students
A
Together with the lectures notes and ancient sources examined during the course (section A), the knowledge of the following texts is required:
- M. Guarducci, L'epigrafia greca dalle origini al tardo impero, Roma, Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, 1987, limitatamente alle pp. 10-80; 90-278; 313-320; 326-358; 418-442
- G. Bagnasco, F. Cordano (a cura di), Scritture mediterranee tra il IX e il VII secolo a.C. Atti del seminario (Milano, 23-24 febbraio 1998), Milano, Edizioni ET, 1998, limitatamente ai contributi di M.L. Lazzarini, Questioni relative all'origine dell'alfabeto greco, pp. 53-66 e A.C. Cassio, Epica greca e scrittura tra VIII e VII sec. a.C.: madrepatria e colonie d'Occidente, pp. 67-84

B
Together with the lectures notes and ancient sources examined during the course (section B), the knowledge of the following texts is required:
- L. Migeotte, L'economia delle città greche, traduzione italiana a cura di U. Fantasia, Roma, Carocci, 2005
- A. Bresson, Greek Epigraphy and Ancient Economics, in J. Davies and J. Wilkes (eds.), Epigraphy and the Historical Sciences, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 223-248


Programme for 9 cfu for attending students
A
Together with the lectures notes and ancient sources examined during the course (section A), the knowledge of the following texts is required:
- M. Guarducci, L'epigrafia greca dalle origini al tardo impero, Roma, Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, 1987, pp. 10-80; 90-278; 313-320; 326-358; 418-442
- G. Bagnasco, F. Cordano (a cura di), Scritture mediterranee tra il IX e il VII secolo a.C. Atti del seminario (Milano, 23-24 febbraio 1998), Milano, Edizioni ET, 1998 (only the papers by M.L. Lazzarini, Questioni relative all'origine dell'alfabeto greco, pp. 53-66, and A.C. Cassio, Epica greca e scrittura tra VIII e VII sec. a.C.: madrepatria e colonie d'Occidente, pp. 67-84(

B
Together with the lectures notes and ancient sources examined during the course (section B), the knowledge of the following texts is required:
- L. Migeotte, L'economia delle città greche, traduzione italiana a cura di U. Fantasia, Roma, Carocci, 2005
- A. Bresson, Greek Epigraphy and Ancient Economics, in J. Davies and J. Wilkes (eds.), Epigraphy and the Historical Sciences, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 223-248

C
Together with the lectures notes and ancient sources examined during the course (section B), the knowledge of the following texts is required:
- F. Costabile (a cura di), Polis e Olympieion a Locri Epizefiri. Costituzione, economia e finanze di una città della Magna Grecia, Soveria Mannelli, Rubbettino Editore, 1992 (only the papers by F. Costabile, L'archivio e la sua funzione nell'amministrazione finanziaria locrese, pp. 105-124; L. Migeotte, Le operazioni di credito fra il santuario e la città, pp. 151-159; F. Costabile, Redditi, terre e fonti finanziarie dell'Olymipeion: tributi, imposte e rapporti contrattuali, pp. 160-173
- a short report on an inscription to be agreed with the teacher is required

Programme for 6 cfu for non attending students
A
- M. Guarducci, L'epigrafia greca dalle origini al tardo impero, Roma, Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, 1987, limitatamente alle pp. 10-80; 90-278; 313-320; 326-358; 418-442
- G. Bagnasco, F. Cordano (a cura di), Scritture mediterranee tra il IX e il VII secolo a.C. Atti del seminario (Milano, 23-24 febbraio 1998), Milano, Edizioni ET, 1998 (only the papers by M.L. Lazzarini, Questioni relative all'origine dell'alfabeto greco, pp. 53-66 and A.C. Cassio, Epica greca e scrittura tra VIII e VII sec. a.C.: madrepatria e colonie d'Occidente, pp. 67-84)
- M.L. Lazzarini, La scrittura nella città: iscrizioni, archivi e alfabetizzazione, in S. Settis (a cura di), I Greci. Storia, cultura, arte, società, II. Una storia greca, 2, Definizione, Torino, Einaudi, pp. 725-750
- G. Boffa, "Prima colonizzazione" e "primo alfabeto". Il ruolo della scrittura nell'interazione culturale fra le più antiche fondazioni greche in Occidente e l'ambiente italico, in L. Donnellan, V. Nizzo e G.-J. Burgers (eds.), Contexts of Early Colonization. Papers of the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome, 64. Roma, Palombi Editori, 2016, pp. 335-349


B
- L. Migeotte, L'economia delle città greche, traduzione italiana a cura di U. Fantasia, Roma, Carocci, 2005
- A. Bresson, Greek Epigraphy and Ancient Economics, in J. Davies and J. Wilkes (eds.), Epigraphy and the Historical Sciences, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 223-248
- C. Antonetti, S. De Vido, Iscrizioni greche. Un'antologia, Roma, Carocci, 2017, inscriptions nos. 14; 19; 21; 38; 40; 51


Programme for 9 cfu for non attending students
A
- M. Guarducci, L'epigrafia greca dalle origini al tardo impero, Roma, Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, 1987, pp. 10-80; 90-278; 313-320; 326-358; 418-442
- G. Bagnasco, F. Cordano (a cura di), Scritture mediterranee tra il IX e il VII secolo a.C. Atti del seminario (Milano, 23-24 febbraio 1998), Milano, Edizioni ET, 1998, only the papers by M.L. Lazzarini, Questioni relative all'origine dell'alfabeto greco, pp. 53-66, and A.C. Cassio, Epica greca e scrittura tra VIII e VII sec. a.C.: madrepatria e colonie d'Occidente, pp. 67-84
- M.L. Lazzarini, La scrittura nella città: iscrizioni, archivi e alfabetizzazione, in S. Settis (a cura di), I Greci. Storia, cultura, arte, società, II. Una storia greca, 2, Definizione, Torino, Einaudi, pp. 725-750
- G. Boffa, "Prima colonizzazione" e "primo alfabeto". Il ruolo della scrittura nell'interazione culturale fra le più antiche fondazioni greche in Occidente e l'ambiente italico, in L. Donnellan, V. Nizzo e G.-J. Burgers (eds.), Contexts of Early Colonization. Papers of the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome, 64. Roma, Palombi Editori, 2016, pp. 335-349

B
- L. Migeotte, L'economia delle città greche, traduzione italiana a cura di U. Fantasia, Roma, Carocci, 2005
- A. Bresson, Greek Epigraphy and Ancient Economics, in J. Davies and J. Wilkes (eds.), Epigraphy and the Historical Sciences, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 223-248
- C. Antonetti, S. De Vido, Iscrizioni greche. Un'antologia, Roma, Carocci, 2017, inscriptions nos. 14; 19; 21; 38; 40; 51

C
- F. Costabile (a cura di), Polis e Olympieion a Locri Epizefiri. Costituzione, economia e finanze di una città della Magna Grecia, Soveria Mannelli, Rubbettino Editore, 1992 (only the papers by F. Costabile, L'archivio e la sua funzione nell'amministrazione finanziaria locrese, pp. 105-124; L. Migeotte, Le operazioni di credito fra il santuario e la città, pp. 151-159; F. Costabile, Redditi, terre e fonti finanziarie dell'Olymipeion: tributi, imposte e rapporti contrattuali, pp. 160-173)
- Greek Economic Inscriptions, inscriptions nos. 15, 19, 22, 30, 39, 43 (available for downoading at https://geionline.sns.it/)
- a short report on an inscription to be agreed with the teacher is required.

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
The exam is oral and aims at ascertaining students'ability to read and to set inscriptions in their historical context, and knowledge of the main epigraphic collections and digital tools for the study of Greek inscriptions on the basis of the materials and sources provided (and uploaded on the Ariel platform) and of the books in the reading list. At least ten days before oral examination students undertaking 9 cfu programme will prepare a short written report contaning critical edition and comment of an inscription to be agreed in time with the teacher, which will be evaluated together with the oral exam.
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.

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/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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