L-ANT/03 - 6 CFU - 2° 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

The aim of the course is to:

The course, consistently with the educational objectives of the degree course, aims to offer students the specific methodological tools for the knowledge of Roman antiquity with a view to an understanding of social dynamics in the Roman world and in the contemporary age.

In particularly, the course aims to:

-to present aims and instruments of the methodology of historical research: interpreting the past through the ancient sources and to locate events in a diachronic line in the geographical frame of reference

-to recognize the function of the history of the ancient world today;

-to illustrate the salient moments of the history of Rome;

-to define the complex “issues” of the discipline in the light of modern historiographical debate;

-to stimulate, through interactive lessons, individual researches and group work activities, the development of critical and judgement skills in the field of historical processes.

Course Structure

Interactive face-to-face lectures with the aid of slide presentations; seminars; study groups

Should teaching be carried out in mixed mode or remotely, it may be necessary to introduce changes with respect to previous statements, in line with the programme planned and outlined in the syllabus.

Learning assessment may also be carried out on line, should the conditions require it.

Detailed Course Content

The history of Rome from its origins to 476 AD:

sources and research methods for ancient history; origins of Rome and the monarchic age; republican political institutions; Rome’s expansion into Italy and the Mediterranean; the crisis of the Roman Republic and the rise of personal power; the Principate; the Roman empire: culture and power; the Roman army; the Roman religion; the end of the ancient world.

Textbook Information

1- G. Poma (ed.), La storia antica. Metodi e fonti per lo studio, Bologna, Il Mulino 2016, pp. 157-190; 245-258; 309-322.

2- G. Traina, La storia speciale. Perché non possiamo fare a meno degli antichi romani, Roma-Bari, Laterza 2020, pp. 224.

3- S. Mazzarino, La fine del mondo antico, Torino, Bollati Boringhieri 2008, pp.113-195.

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