GREEK HISTORY

GREEK HISTORY

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Code
72626
ACADEMIC YEAR
2019/2020
CREDITS
9 credits during the 1st year of 8457 Letters and Humanities (L-10) GENOVA

9 credits during the 1st year of 8453 Conservation of Cultural Heritage (L-1) GENOVA

9 credits during the 2nd year of 8455 Philosophy (L-5) GENOVA

9 credits during the 1st year of 8459 History (L-42) GENOVA

SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
L-ANT/02
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Letters and Humanities)
semester
2° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

The course treats the basis of Greek history with particular attention to historical evolution, the main related issues (political-military aspects, institutions, society, religion, and economy) and research methodologies; specific attention is reserved to historiography, historical geography, and epigraphy. The knowledge of Greek is not mandatory but he course implies a capacity to study manuals and texts autonomously. Mme D. Lenfant (Strasbourg) will be Visiting Professor (April/May 2020)

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Having a basic knowledge of the historical development of the Greek world, the main events from the Bronze age to the Hellenistic-Roman era, and the fundamentals of its civilisation, in the context of the ancient history of the Mediterranean world; - attaining necessary methodological competencies and techniques for approaching the documentary bases of Greek history with particular reference to literary and epigraphical texts and without neglecting archeological accounts and the contribution of documentary science (papyrology, numismatics etc.); - knowing how to carry out bibliographical research and knowing the modalities of its updating by using both traditional and telematic research tools; - recognising the essential characteristics - political, economic, social, religious - of the Hellenistic world and the main evolutionary lines of Greek political institutions in a diachronic and synchronic sense by analysing surviving documents; - knowing the lines of development of Greek historiography and the works of the main authors of historical works by reading, interpreting and commenting texts; - knowing how to evaluate historical information taken from authors of different literary genres (historiography, tragedy, comedy, oratory, biography etc.) and place witness accounts in their historical-cultural context

PREREQUISITES

The knowledge of the ancient Greek language is not requested. Students must be able to read and study the handbooks by themselves.

Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars and Aulaweb

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Programme for students taking the course for 6 cfu

General part: Method, sources, geography of ancient Greek; general bibliography. Greek historiography. Greek political institutions.

The course gives a general introduction to the discipline - main problems of method, use of sources, orientation among research tools -, elements of Greek historiographical production and a profile of Greek political institutions from the origins to the 4th century BC. The historical geography of the Greek world will be the subject of a specific segment of the course (8 hours), developed as additional teaching by Francesco Carriere.

A written exercise (which is not obligatory) is envisaged and must be agreed upon with teaching staff before the oral exam.

For information on the written assignment and any other clarifications, students who do not attend must contact teaching staff by email (francesca.gazzano@unige.it).

Programme for students taking the course for 9 cfu

General part: Method, sources, geography of ancient Greek; general bibliography. Greek historiography. Greek political institutions.

The course gives a general introduction to the discipline - main problems of method, use of sources, orientation among research tools -, elements of Greek historiographical production and a profile of Greek political institutions from the origins to the 4th century BC. The historical geography of the Greek world will be the subject of a specific segment of the course (10 hours), developed as additional teaching by Marco Enrico.

A written exercise (which is not obligatory) is envisaged and must be agreed upon with teaching staff before the oral exam.

For information on the written assignment and any other clarifications, students who do not attend must contact teaching staff by email (francesca.gazzano@unige.it).

Second part:  The Persian Wars, from History to Myth. This part of the course will be devoted to a close reading of the literary sources (e.g. Simonides, Aeschylus, Herodotus, Diodorus, Plutarch, Pausanias) who described the political and military evolution of the years 499-478 (from the Ionian Revolt to the end of the Persian invasion) and who reflected the propaganda which the Athenian democracy made about those events. Some lessons, in form of seminars, will see the involvement of external teachers, of experts and of PhD students.Some lessons will be held (in April/May 2020) by M.me Dominique Lenfant, Professeure d'Histoire grecque - Université Strasbourg, as Visiting Professor.

 

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bibliographical references are in the Italian version of the programme. 

 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

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

Exam Board

FRANCESCA GAZZANO (President)

OMAR COLORU

VALTER LAPINI

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars and Aulaweb

ORARI

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GREEK HISTORY

EXAMS

Exam description

Oral interview (and discussion of a written essay, which is not mandatory)

Assessment methods

Written test (optional): analysis of a theme agreed with a bibliography supplied by teaching staff, the acquisition of a correct enquiry methodology and knowledge of a specific topic of Greek history as well as the ability to move between ancient sources and modern bibliography will be assessed.

Oral exam: it examines the basic knowledge of events of Greek history and relative historiography as well the level of knowledge of issues and texts discussed in lectures

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
09/06/2020 10:00 GENOVA Orale
30/06/2020 10:00 GENOVA Orale
14/07/2020 10:00 GENOVA Orale
09/09/2020 10:00 GENOVA Orale