History of the Classical World (2016/2017)

Lesson timetable

Sem. IIA
Day Time Type Place Note
Wednesday 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall Betti from Mar 1, 2017  to Apr 22, 2017
Friday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall Betti  
Sem. IIB
Day Time Type Place Note
Wednesday 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall Betti  
Friday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall Betti from Apr 24, 2017  to Jun 7, 2017

Learning outcomes

Educational aims. The course is aimed at improving the students’ knowledge of the urban culture of the Romans during the Imperial Age, the fundamental principles which the Roman society was based on, the dialectics between Romans and non-Romans, and the end of privileges for Italy. The analysis will focus on the documents concerning the rights of cities in Italy and in the provinces.
Students will be guided towards a critical analysis of the documentary sources, both archaeological and literary or epigraphic. Such an analysis will allow them to acquire the skill of distinguishing the nature and the features of the different types of documents and, subsequently, of putting them in comparison. Another acquired skill will be that of singling out the principles on which the social life of the Romans was based, the capability of these latter of integrating non-Romans into their society and politics, and also the relevance of some political acts, such as the Constitutio Antoniniana, which changed deeply the fundaments of the social life.


The Severan emperors: cities and culture in the Roman Empire.
The following problems will be dealt with on the basis of sources and archaeological evidence: the historical reasons of the political and economical increase of certain provinces, the spread of new municipia in northern Africa, the grant of the Roman citizenship to all the inhabitants of the Empire, the religious transformations in the Severan age, the phenomenon of magic arts, and the imperial ideology.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Enrico Dal Covolo e Giancarlo Rinaldi (a cura di) Gli imperatori Severi : storia archeologia religione LAS 1999
Rowan, Clare Under divine auspices: divine ideology and the visualisation of imperial power in the Severan period Cambridge University Press 2012

Assessment methods and criteria

Form of the exam: oral exam. Questions will be posed in order to ascertain what learning and knowing level was reached. Eventually, the questions could go further in deep by focussing on texts and/or monuments discussed during the course.