ETRUSCOLOGY

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Code
86797
ACADEMIC YEAR
2017/2018
CREDITS
9 credits during the 2nd year of 9023 ANCIENT STUDIES: ARCHAEOLOGY, PHILOLOGY AND LITERATURES, HISTORY (LM-2) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
L-ANT/06
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (ANCIENT STUDIES: ARCHAEOLOGY, PHILOLOGY AND LITERATURES, HISTORY)
semester
2° Semester

OVERVIEW

The course's aim is to outline the main features of Etruscan civilization from protohistory to the romanization (9th-1st centuries B.C.).

It is well known that the Etruscan civilization, thanks to its early contacts with other cultures, was an extraordinary, highly developed civilization: it reached peaks in all the domains of human knowledge and it substantially contributed to the development of a vast area in Italy which was linguistically, politically and socially uniform.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course is meant to help students acquire: - knowledge of the main features of Etruscan civilization from protohistory to the romanization (9th-1st centuries B.C.). - good understanding of the dynamics underlying the origin and development of Etruscan civilization in the Italian peninsula over the centuries;
- analytical abilities and the ability to outline a historical synthesis from the major archaeological vestiges.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

Knowledge and understanding:
Students will acquire solid basic knowledge in the domain of Etruscology; they will have a good understanding of the dynamics underlying the origin and development of Etruscan civilization in the Italian peninsula over the centuries;
Applying knowledge and understanding:
Students will be able to conduct a typological, iconographic and stylistic analysis of Etruscan artifacts by referring to the appropriate historical, social and cultural contexts, thus proving their analytical abilities and their ability to provide a historical synthesis.
Making judgments:
Students will be able to use the knowledge and competences to develop an autonomous work method, to perfect their critical abilities and their abilities to make judgments, and to apply all this in the field of historic and archaeological research. Students' ability to make judgments will be assessed –together with students' success in learning– during the oral exam.
Communication skills:
Students will be able to present their knowledge of Etruscology to both experts and non-experts; they will be able to use information and communications technology tools and linguistic tools; they will develop a working method which enables them to work both independently and as part of a team.  Such abilities will be assessed –together with students' success in learning– during the oral exam.

Learning skills:
Students will acquire and develop their own working method; they will be able to understand and process scientific texts; they will acquire the ability to analyze and synthesize information adequately in order to autonomously face the challenges of postgraduate studies. Students' proficiency will be assessed during the semester and during the final exam (oral exam).

TEACHING METHODS

The course will be articulated with frontal lessons with Powerpoint and some multimedia videos.
There will also be a guided tour for a total of 12 hours in ROMA (two days, overnight stay):

1. TOUR OF THE GREAT ROME OF THE TARQUINIl (during which we will visit the most important archaeological evidence relating to the period of TARQUINIO PRISCO - SERVIO TULLIO - TARQUINIO IL SUPERBO, 616-509 BC)

2. GUIDED VISIT TO THE CAPITOLINI MUSEUMS  (in particular at the Temple of Jupiter Maximus and the Etruscan finds of the Castellani Collection etc ...)

3. GUIDED VISIT TO THE ETRUSCAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF VILLA GIULIA

4. GUIDED VISIT TO THE MUSEUM OF VILLA PONIATOWSKI (Detached House of the Etruscan National Museum of Villa Giulia where the finds  from the sites of Latium vetus and Umbria are exhibited);

5. GUIDED VISIT TO THE GREGORIAN ETRUSCAN MUSEUM (VATICAN CITY)

 

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course will address general themes pertaining to the history of Etruscology, Etruscan language and writing, institutions, religion, and then it will present the history of Etruscan civilization through the historical evidence provided by literary and archaeological sources from different periods in Etruscan history (protohistoric period, orientalizing period, archaic, classic and hellenistic periods, and romanization).

The course will consist in teacher-led lectures (supported by slide shows and videos) on the following themes:

  1. Introduction to Etruscan civilization
  2. History of Etruscology
  3. Etruscan language and writing (including Etruscan epigraphy exercises)
  4. Institutions
  5. Religion
  6. Villanova facies
  7. The orientalizing period: the rise of aristocracy, culture in the Age of princes
  8. The orientalizing period (southern Etruria, northern Etruria and Latium vetus)
  9. The orientalizing period (Sabina region, Picenum, Campania, Padanian Etruria)
  10. Archaic period: the end of aristocracy and the rise of demos, the age of monumentalization of Etruscan cities.
  11. Classic period: the supremacy of inner Etruria and the weakening of coastal Etruria;
  12. Hellenistic period and the conflict with Rome


 

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

The reading list for this course, together with the lecturer's suggestions and instructions are available on the Italian version of the web page.

Bibliography:

- Mario Torelli, Storia degli Etruschi, Economica Laterza, Roma-Bari 2005.
- M. Cristofani (a cura di), Gli Etruschi. Una nuova immagine, Giunti Editore, Firenze 1984.
- Ranuccio Bianchi Bandinelli - Mario Torelli, L'arte dell'antichità classica. Etruria-Roma, Etruria, schede nn. 1-200, UTET Università, Torino 1976 (o edizioni successive).

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Office hours: Thursday from 14 to 15 (on 1, 8, 15 and 22 February and 1, 8 and 15 March 2018). For any information you can use the mail address laura.ambrosini@isma.cnr.it

Exam Board

LAURA AMBROSINI (President)

BIANCA MARIA GIANNATTASIO

SILVIA PALLECCHI

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

The course will be articulated with frontal lessons with Powerpoint and some multimedia videos.
There will also be a guided tour for a total of 12 hours in ROMA (two days, overnight stay):

1. TOUR OF THE GREAT ROME OF THE TARQUINIl (during which we will visit the most important archaeological evidence relating to the period of TARQUINIO PRISCO - SERVIO TULLIO - TARQUINIO IL SUPERBO, 616-509 BC)

2. GUIDED VISIT TO THE CAPITOLINI MUSEUMS  (in particular at the Temple of Jupiter Maximus and the Etruscan finds of the Castellani Collection etc ...)

3. GUIDED VISIT TO THE ETRUSCAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF VILLA GIULIA

4. GUIDED VISIT TO THE MUSEUM OF VILLA PONIATOWSKI (Detached House of the Etruscan National Museum of Villa Giulia where the finds  from the sites of Latium vetus and Umbria are exhibited);

5. GUIDED VISIT TO THE GREGORIAN ETRUSCAN MUSEUM (VATICAN CITY)

 

LESSONS START

Lessons will start on February 15, 2018 at 3 pm, except for unforeseen events. Lessons will take place on Thursday from 3 pm to 6 pm and Friday from 9 am to 12 pm.
The last lessons  will take place in Rome with the guided visit, lasting two days (with overnight stay Wednesdaynight) of the National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia and Villa Poniatowski, the Gregorian Etruscan Museum, the Capitoline Museums, and of the archaeological monuments of the Great Rome of the Tarquins ".
Dates of the lessons A.A. 2017-2018:

15th February  15-18

16th February:   9-12

22th  February 15-18

23th February  9-12

1th March 15-18

2th March 9-12

8th March 15-18

9th March  9-12 am

15th March  15-18

16th March 9-12

22th March 15-18

23th March  9-12

29th March 15-18

30th March 9-12

11th April: Rome: Gregorian Etruscan Museum, of the Capitoline Museums, and of the archaeological monuments of the Great Rome of the Tarquins.

12th April: Rome: National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia and Villa Poniatowski

Class schedule

ETRUSCOLOGY

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Oral exam

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Oral exam. Minimum 'pass' requirements are: good knowledge of the Etruscan history and civilization, from its origins to the romanization; ability to critically analyze topics and to contextualize them; ability to express oneself clearly. 'Excellence' requirements are: good knowledge of the historical dynamics underlying the interaction between the Etruscans, the other Mediterranean civilizations and the populations of Italy and Magna Graecia; knowledge of the structure of Etruscan cities, of Etruscan artistic production and Etruscan craft production; ability to conduct critical, historical and archaeological analysis.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
15/01/2018 12:00 GENOVA Orale
15/01/2018 12:00 GENOVA Orale
15/01/2018 12:00 GENOVA Orale
29/01/2018 12:00 GENOVA Orale
29/01/2018 12:00 GENOVA Orale
29/01/2018 12:00 GENOVA Orale
21/05/2018 12:00 GENOVA Orale
18/06/2018 12:00 GENOVA Orale
02/07/2018 12:00 GENOVA Orale
23/07/2018 12:00 GENOVA Orale
03/09/2018 12:00 GENOVA Orale