L-ANT/03 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

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Learning Objectives

To show the main phases of Roman history; to promote a proper use of literary, epigraphical, archaeological and numismatic sources; to present the most important theories of modern scholars about the main themes of Roman history; to provide instruments and methods to study and to process historical data.

Course Structure

Frontal and interactive lessons.

Detailed Course Content

The course includes two modules. The first one (Module A, 4 credits) provides a general history of Rome from its origins to the fall of the Western Roman Empire. Content:

Origins of Rome and the monarchic age

Social, political and economic structure of the Republic

Rome’s expansion into Italy and the Mediterranean

The crisis of the Roman Republic and the rise of personal power

Social, political and economic structure of the Principate

The crisis of the Third Century

The Dominate

The rise of Christianity

The fall of the Western Roman empire.

The second module (Module B, 2 Credits) tackles the special topic of Citizens and taxpayers in the Roman world.

Textbook Information

MODULE A: History of Rome from origins to the fall of the Roman West Empire (4 Credits)

Students have to study one of the following texts:

- G. Cresci Marrone - F. Rohr Vio - L. Calvelli, Roma antica. Storia e documenti, Il Mulino, Bologna 2014, pp. 11-379;

- M. Pani - E. Todisco, Storia romana. Dalle origini alla Tarda Antichità, Carocci editore, Roma 2014 (seconda edizione), pp. 15-412;

- G. Geraci - A. Marcone, Storia romana. Editio maior, Mondadori Education, Milano 2017, pp. XV-XVIII; 1-533;

- C. Giuffrida - M. Cassia - G. Arena, Roma e la sua storia. Dalla città all’Impero, Il Mulino, Bologna 2019, pp. 1-249, to which G. Zecchini, Il pensiero politico romano. Dall’età arcaica alla Tarda Antichità. Nuova edizione, Carocci Editore, Roma 20182, pp. 11-190 must be added;

- G. Cecconi, La città e l’impero. Una storia del mondo romano dalle origini a Teodosio il Grande. Nuova edizione, Carocci Editore, Roma 2021, pp. 1-536.

MODULE B: Citizens and taxpayers in the Roman world (2 Credits)

- F. Lamberti, Percorsi della cittadinanza romana dalle origini alla Tarda Repubblica, in Derecho, persona y ciudadanía. Una experiencia jurídica comparada, Marcial Pons, Madrid-Barcelona-Buenos Aires 2010, pp. 18-53;

- P. Desideri, La romanizzazione dell’Impero, in Storia di Roma, II: L’Impero mediterraneo. 2. I principi e il mondo, Einaudi, Torino 1991, pp. 577-626;

- C. Soraci, Il lessico della sottomissione. Studi sul termine stipendiarius, L’Erma di Bretschneider, Roma 2020, pp. 1-115.

Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied.

For further information on sanctions and regulations concerning photocopying please refer to the regulations on copyright (Linee Guida sulla Gestione dei Diritti d’Autore) provided by AIDRO - Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno (the Italian Association on Copyright).

All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.

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