L-ANT/03 - 12 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff

Office: Palazzo Ingrassia, I piano, stanza XV
Phone: 095 2508042
Office Hours: Martedì dalle 08:00 alle 10:00, Palazzo Ingrassia, I piano, stanza XV | Giovedì dalle 10:00 alle 12:00, Biblioteca, complesso edilizio "Le Verginelle"

Learning Objectives

To outline the history of Rome by following the long story of a city which, from the struggle to safeguard its independence and assert its hegemony in Latium, came to dominate the Mediterranean area, leaving an indelible mark on the history of Europe; to present aims and instruments of the methodology of historical research: interpreting the past through the ancient sources (literary, epigraphic, papyrological, numismatic and archaeological) and to locate events in a diachronic line in the geographical frame of reference; to trace and understand the evidence of the past in order to acquire a culturally aware approach to one’s own territory.

Detailed Course Content

the origins of Rome and the monarchical age: relationships with the Etruscan world and other peoples of the Italian peninsula; Republican Rome: social, political and religious organization; expansionism in the Mediterranean basin; administration of Italy and the provinces; Imperial Rome: social and political organization of the Principate; the Flavian and Antonine periods; the third century: economic problems and social dynamics; Christianity and Empire; bureaucratization in Late Antiquity; the fall of the Western Roman Empire; public building and private homes

Textbook Information

–G. Brizzi, Roma. Potere e identità dalle origini alla nascita dell`impero cristiano, Bologna Pàtron 2012; or

E. Gabba - D. Foraboschi - D. Mantovani - E. Lo Cascio - L. Troiani, Introduzione alla storia di Roma, Milano, LED, 2002; or

G. Geraci - A. Marcone, Storia romana, Le Monnier, Firenze 2011


–L. Cracco Ruggini (a cura di), Storia antica. Come leggere le fonti, Bologna Il Mulino 2000, or

G. Poma (a cura di), La storia antica. Metodi e fonti per lo studio, Il Mulino 2016

–C.Quartarone (a cura di), Sicilia romana e bizantina, Palermo Grafill 2006, pp.121-144; 284-297; 330-339.

In-dept studies related to the most significant territory’s culture aspects will be agreed during the course.

Guided tours at archaeological site of major importance will be provided.

–The use of a historic atlas is recommended.

• Atlante storico 2011, Zanichelli (2 Volumi).

• Atlante storico, De Agostini.

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