Greek history

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 ability to understand the broad outlines of the politico-institutional, socio-economic and cultural development of ancient Greek history from Minoan and Mycenean civilizations to the Roman conquest, also on the basis of a selection of texts and documentary sources relevant for the topics examined.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

Summarize detailed knowledge of the broad outlines of the politico-institutional, socio-economic and cultural development of ancient Greek history from Minoan and Mycenean civilisations to the Hellenistic period

Identify the fundamental terminology in its historical development

Recognize the development of institutions and the underlying theoretical aspects

Summarize some fundamental notions of the origins and distinctive features of ancient historiography


Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

Set events and historical figures in their chronological and historical context

Use appropriately the sources and the basic bibliographic and IT tools for historiographic research

Identify the relationships between philosophy and historical knowledge in the analysis and discussion of texts and problems

Express the concepts learned in a clear and effective way


Making judgements

At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

Interpret the verification of the authenticity of the information found
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
During the ongoing covid emergency, the course syllabus will be maintained with the following changes made to enhance the effectiveness of the online version of the course, which was originally designed for face-to-face teaching.
The lessons will be held in dual mode. The face-to-face lessons will allow the participation of students connected with MSTeams as well as students in the classroom.
The recordings of the lessons will remain available until the end of the lessons.

Online environments used:
[Ariel : https://mfaragunasg.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/v5/frm3/ThreadList.aspx?fc=gwvg7…
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Course syllabus
The topics dealt with during the course include:

Part I (40 hours)
1.A
- introduction and preliminary questions with reference to the geographical space of Greek history and its development, periodisation and connected problems, the emergence of Greek identity, the ancient and modern notion of polis;
- an overview of some of the most important political and social phenomena in the development of Greek civilization from the origins to the hellenistic period;
- the birth of Greek historiography and some essential notions on its features, methods and development, with a choice of passages from Herodotus and Thucydides.

1.B
- political institutions and social organization of the ancient polis with a special focus on the cases of Athens (from the origins to Periklean democracy) and Sparta (an introduction to the the Lykourgan kosmos) but also with a broader comparative approach;
- the Greek world in the fourth century and in early Hellenism: the crisis of the model of the hegemonic polis and the emergence of "alternative" models: the federal state and the territorial monarchy.

Part II (20 hours)
"Alexander the Great and the Greeks: Macedon, empire and the Greek cities in the early Hellenistic age"
This second monographic part of the course aims to analyse the historical questions connected to the rise of Macedon in the fourth century BC, Alexander's expedition into Asia and its background, his extraordinary conquests and the nature of his political project in the perspective of the evolving relationships between the king, his Macedonian followers, the Greeks (both of the mainland and of Asia) and the peoples of the Persian empire.
Prerequisites for admission
No prerequisites for admission.
Teaching methods
The course is offered in a lecture format. It takes the students through the different topics discussed in class with a source-based approach aiming at highlighting the nature and characters of ancient texts and documents as well as the questions connected to their use in the construction of historical discourse. All texts and materials analysed in the classes are available in advance for downloading on the dedicated course website on the Ariel platform.
Attendance at lectures is recommended but is not compulsory.

International or Erasmus incoming students are kindly requested to contact the teacher of the course. Also students with disabilities should contact the teacher of the course, in order to discuss alternative examination methods, in agreement with the competent Office.
Teaching Resources
Bibliography

Part I (6 ECTS)
1.A
Alongisde topics and materials anaysed in the classes,
1) One of the following handbooks of Greek history:
C. BEARZOT, Manuale di storia greca, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2015 (third edition) [mandatory for Classics students];
M. CORSARO-L. GALLO, Storia greca, Firenze, Le Monnier, 2010;
2) TUCIDIDE, La guerra del Peloponneso, libro I (recommended edition: Tucidide. La guerra del Peloponneso, with an introduction by M.I. FINLEY, Milano, Rizzoli [BUR], 1996-).

1.B
Alongisde topics and materials analysed in the classes, two of the following chapters:
C. AMPOLO, Il sistema della polis. Elementi costitutivi della civiltà greca, in S. SETTIS (a cura di), I Greci. Storia, cultura, arte, società, II.1: Formazione, Torino, Einaudi, 1996, pp. 297-342;
M. GIANGIULIO, Avventurieri, mercanti, coloni, mercenari: mobilità umana e circolazione di risorse nel Mediterraneo arcaico, in S. SETTIS (a cura di), I Greci. Storia, cultura, arte, società, II.1: Formazione, Torino, Einaudi, 1996, pp. 497-524;
K.A. RAAFLAUB, Solone, la nuova Atene e l'emergere della politica, in S. SETTIS (a cura di), I Greci. Storia, cultura, arte, società, II.1: Formazione, Torino, Einaudi, 1996, pp. 1035-1081;
M. LUPI, Le origini di Sparta e il Peloponneso arcaico, in M. GIANGIULIO (a cura di), Storia d'Europa e del Mediterraneo, III: Grecia e Mediterraneo dall'VIII secolo all'età delle guerre persiane, Roma, Salerno Editrice, 2007, pp. 363-393;
M. GRAS, L'Occidente e i suoi conflitti, in S. SETTIS (a cura di), I Greci. Storia, cultura, arte, società, II.2: Definizione, Torino, Einaudi, 1997, pp. 61-85;
P. VANNICELLI, L'epoca delle guerre persiane, in M. GIANGIULIO (a cura di), Storia d'Europa e del Mediterraneo, III: Grecia e Mediterraneo dall'VIII secolo all'età delle guerre persiane, Roma, Salerno Editrice, 2007, pp. 561-598;
M. BETTALLI, Tra guerre persiane e guerra del Peloponneso: la Grecia durante la Pentecontetia, in M. GIANGIULIO (a cura di), Storia d'Europa e del Mediterraneo, IV: Grecia e Mediterraneo dall'età delle guerre persiane all'Ellenismo, Roma, Salerno Editrice, 2008, pp. 249-288;
S. DE VIDO, La Sicilia nel IV secolo: dai Dionisi ad Agatocle, in M. GIANGIULIO (ed.), Storia d'Europa e del Mediterraneo, IV: Grecia e Mediterraneo dall'età delle guerre persiane all'Ellenismo, Roma, Salerno Editrice, 2008, pp. 397-431.

Students who are interested in the subject can replace one of the two chapters with one of the following books:
G. CAMASSA, Forme della vita politica dei Greci in età arcaica e classica, Bologna, Monduzzi Editore, 2007;
M. GIANGIULIO, Democrazie greche. Atene, Sicilia, Magna Grecia, Roma, Carocci, 2016.

Part II (3 ECTS, for students taking 9 ECTS)
Alongisde topics and materials anaysed in the classes,
1) PLUTARCO, Vita di Alessandro (si consiglia l'edizione curata da D. MAGNINO, in Plutarco, Vite parallele: Alessandro-Cesare, Milano, Rizzoli [BUR], 1987-).
2) C. MOSSÉ, Alessandro Magno. La realtà e il mito, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2003.

Bibliography for non-attending students

Part I (6 ECTS)
1.A
1) One of the following handbooks of Greek history:
C. BEARZOT, Manuale di storia greca, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2015 (third edition) [mandatory for Classics students];
M. CORSARO-L. GALLO, Storia greca, Firenze, Le Monnier, 2010;
2) TUCIDIDE, La guerra del Peloponneso, libro I (recommended edition: Tucidide, La guerra del Peloponneso, with an introduction by M.I. FINLEY, Milano, Rizzoli [BUR], 1996-);
3) F. CÀSSOLA, Chi erano i Greci?, in S. SETTIS (ed.), I Greci. Storia, cultura, arte, società, II.1: Formazione, Torino, Einaudi, 1996, pp. 5-23;
4) L. CANFORA, Prima lezione di storia greca, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2000.

1.B
1) One of the following books:
G. CAMASSA, Forme della vita politica dei Greci in età arcaica e classica, Bologna, Monduzzi Editore, 2007;
M. GIANGIULIO, Democrazie greche. Atene, Sicilia, Magna Grecia, Roma, Carocci, 2016;
2) Two chapters to be chosen among the following:
C. AMPOLO, Il sistema della polis. Elementi costitutivi della civiltà greca, in S. SETTIS (a cura di), I Greci. Storia, cultura, arte, società, II.1: Formazione, Torino, Einaudi, 1996, pp. 297-342;
M. GIANGIULIO, Avventurieri, mercanti, coloni, mercenari: mobilità umana e circolazione di risorse nel Mediterraneo arcaico, in S. SETTIS (a cura di), I Greci. Storia, cultura, arte, società, II.1: Formazione, Torino, Einaudi, 1996, pp. 497-524;
K.A. RAAFLAUB, Solone, la nuova Atene e l'emergere della politica, in S. SETTIS (a cura di), I Greci. Storia, cultura, arte, società, II.1: Formazione, Torino, Einaudi, 1996, pp. 1035-1081;
P. VANNICELLI, L'epoca delle guerre persiane, in M. GIANGIULIO (a cura di), Storia d'Europa e del Mediterraneo, III: Grecia e Mediterraneo dall'VIII secolo all'età delle guerre persiane, Roma, Salerno Editrice, 2007, pp. 561-598;
M. BETTALLI, Tra guerre persiane e guerra del Peloponneso: la Grecia durante la Pentecontetia, in M. GIANGIULIO (a cura di), Storia d'Europa e del Mediterraneo, IV: Grecia e Mediterraneo dall'età delle guerre persiane all'Ellenismo, Roma, Salerno Editrice, 2008, pp. 249-288;
S. DE VIDO, La Sicilia nel IV secolo: dai Dionisi ad Agatocle, in M. GIANGIULIO (ed.), Storia d'Europa e del Mediterraneo, IV: Grecia e Mediterraneo dall'età delle guerre persiane all'Ellenismo, Roma, Salerno Editrice, 2008, pp. 397-431;
M. FARAGUNA, Alessandro Magno tra Grecia ed Asia: l'inizio dell'età ellenistica, in M. GIANGIULIO (ed.), Storia d'Europa e del Mediterraneo, IV: Grecia e Mediterraneo dall'età delle guerre persiane all'Ellenismo, Roma, Salerno Editrice, 2008, pp. 463-506 [NB: this text can be chosen only by students taking 6 credits].

Part II (3 ECTS, for students taking 9 ECTS)
1) PLUTARCO, Vita di Alessandro (si consiglia l'edizione curata da D. MAGNINO, in Plutarco, Vite parallele: Alessandro-Cesare, Milano, Rizzoli [BUR], 1987-).
2) C. MOSSÉ, Alessandro Magno. La realtà e il mito, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2003.
3) One of the following books:
M. MARI (a cura di), L'età ellenistica. Società, politica, cultura, Roma 2019;
F. LANDUCCI GATTINONI, Il testamento di Alessandro. La Grecia dall'Impero ai Regni, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2014.
M. BETTALLI, Introduzione alla storiografia greca, Roma, Carocci, 2012;
R.A. BILLOWS, Maratona. Il giorno in cui Atene sconfisse l'Impero, Milano, Il Saggiatore, 2013;
M. BONAZZI, Processo a Socrate, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2018;
N. BERNARD, Donne e società nella Grecia antica, Roma, Carocci, 2011.
C. BEARZOT, La giustizia nell'antica Grecia, Roma, Carocci, 2008.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam is oral and aims at ascertaining students' knowledge of the development of Greek history from the origins to the hellenistic period with an ability to set historical figures and phenomena within their appropriate chronological and geographical context. For attending students ("studenti frequentanti"), it also aims at verifying their knowledge of the topics, sources and documents/materials discussed in the classes and their ability to use them with some degree of awareness of the methodological questions they pose.
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.
Unita' didattica
L-ANT/02 - GREEK HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica
L-ANT/02 - GREEK HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica
L-ANT/02 - GREEK HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
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