GREEK HISTORIOGRAPHY

GREEK HISTORIOGRAPHY

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Code
65346
ACADEMIC YEAR
2018/2019
CREDITS
6 credits during the 2nd year of 9023 ANCIENT STUDIES: ARCHAEOLOGY, PHILOLOGY AND LITERATURES, HISTORY (LM-15)
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
L-ANT/02
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (ANCIENT STUDIES: ARCHAEOLOGY, PHILOLOGY AND LITERATURES, HISTORY)
semester
1° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

Historiography is an exquisitely and originally Greek literary genre, but the authors whose work is received in full or in large part are actually very few, especially when compared to those now lost. In the fundamental (though incomplete) collection of fragments of Greek historians edited by F. Jacoby are in fact collected the survivals of as many as 856 authors classified as "historians". The course aims to show the importance and usefulness of these "lost histories".

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims to promote the acquisition of the following skills, knowledge and skills: - to know, through reading and direct analysis of the texts, the main authors of Greek historiography, and in particular to be able to appropriately evaluate the contribution the immense heritage of fragmented Greek historiography, whose authors and fragments are mostly collected in the monumental work of Felix Jacoby (Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker, Berlin-Leiden 1923-1958) and in its most recent continuations; - to be able to conduct a critical exegesis of the Greek historical texts received in full and, in relation to the fragmented texts, to correctly assess both the interests and purposes of the source sources, and the problems related to the tradition and transmission of testimonies and fragments; - to deepen, through the direct comparison of the surviving documentation (literary, epigraphic, archaeological, papyrological, etc.) and of the modern bibliography, specific moments and problems of the Greek historical tradition, from the origins to the Roman conquest, with particular attention to the use of a methodology appropriate to the historiographical survey; - to evaluate the degree of reliability of the information of historical interest provided by authors belonging to different literary genres (tragedy, comedy, oratory, biography, etc.) in critical comparison with the parallel documentation provided by the historiographical tradition, placing the individual testimonies in the correct context historical and cultural; - knowing how to orient oneself independently in the modern bibliography and being able to scientifically follow the updates through the use of research tools, both traditional and telematic. Two modules: 1st module (20 hours): Specific themes of Greek history and historiography 2nd module (20 hours): Seminar activity and specific analysis on single authors of fragmentary Greek historiography.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of the course the students will be able to:

- orientate themselves in the specific bibliography and distinguish between the main corpora in their diachronic development

- evaluate the survivors of a fragmentary author according to the cover-text principle

- consult the main collections (FHG, FGrHist) and identify the peculiarities of the individual authors

- draw up a profile of an historian based on the testimonies and fragments received

PREREQUISITES

Because of its character, the course requires a sufficient knowledge of the classical languages (Greek and Latin), and the knowledge - for the purposes of reading specialized essays - of at least one modern foreign language.

Teaching methods

lectures, seminars by students, interventions by external specialists, aulaweb

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

"The 'lost' history: aspects of fragmentary Greek historiography". The course will be divided into two parts, the first one lasting 24 hours, the second one being 12 hours. The first part will consist of lectures aimed at proposing a methodological introduction to the main problems of Greek historical production transmitted only in fragments, without neglecting the comparison with the historical works received in full or in large part. The second part will have a seminar character and will include, in addition to some lessons aimed at proposing specific case studies, the development by each student of a written exercise, agreed with the teacher, on single authors of fragmentary Greek historiography. The elaboration will then be discussed in the classroom during the last lessons, with the collaboration of other professors and of PhDs and PhD students.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Part I: Given the specialist nature of the course, knowledge of a good Greek historiography manual is required (K. MEISTER, Greek historiography, Rome-Bari, Laterza 1992 and subsequent reprints, see also J. MARINCOLA (ed.) , A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography, (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World), Wiley-Blackwell 2011). For a general overview of the problems posed by Greek historiography in fragments, see the volume edited by G.W. MOST, Collecting Fragments. Fragmente sammeln, Göttingen 1997 and in the pages of G. SCHEPENS, Prolegomena, in Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued, IV A / 1, Leiden-Boston-Köln 1998, VII-XXI.
Part II: the bio-bibliographical indications on the individual fragmentary historians discussed will be provided during the lessons; a wide, documented collection of studies is E. LANZILLOTTA - V. COSTA - G. OTTONE (edited by), Tradition and transmission of fragmented Greek historians. In memory of Silvio Accame. Proceedings of the II International Workshop (Rome 16-18 February 2006), Tivoli 2009.
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A constant frequency of lessons is recommended; students unable to attend are asked to get in touch with the teacher for the drafting of an alternative exam program (including written essay).

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: I semester: Wednesday 11-13, Thursday 11-12; by appointment via e-mail: francesca.gazzano@unige.it (DIRAAS,sez.STORIA ANTICA, V.Balbi 4, I p.).

Exam Board

LIA RAFFAELLA CRESCI

FRANCESCA GAZZANO (President)

VALTER LAPINI

LESSONS

Teaching methods

lectures, seminars by students, interventions by external specialists, aulaweb

LESSONS START

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

EXAMS

Exam description

Oral interview, with preliminary verification and discussion of the written exercise.

Assessment methods

Written test: the elaboration of the study on a fragmentary historian and with the initial bibliography provided by the teacher ascertains above all the acquisition of the correct methodology of investigation, and the ability to independently investigate the specific problems of fragmentary Greek historiography.
Oral interview: ascertains the knowledge of the main authors and lines of development of the Greek historiography, as well as the level of adequacy and critical reflection of the written work.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
01/07/2019 09:00 GENOVA Orale
16/07/2019 09:00 GENOVA Orale
10/09/2019 09:00 GENOVA Orale