Roman History (i+p) - I MODULO PARTE (I) (2016/2017)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Attilio Mastrocinque
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Other available courses
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. IA (31.10.16 sosp.lezioni), Sem. IB

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Lesson timetable

Sem. IA (31.10.16 sosp.lezioni)
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 1:30 PM - 3:10 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.3  
Monday 3:10 PM - 4:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.3 from Nov 7, 2016  to Nov 7, 2016
Tuesday 3:10 PM - 4:50 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.3  
Thursday 3:10 PM - 4:50 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.2  
Friday 2:20 PM - 4:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall Menegazzi from Oct 21, 2016  to Oct 21, 2016
Sem. IB
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 1:30 PM - 3:10 PM lesson Lecture Hall H from Nov 14, 2016  to Nov 14, 2016
Tuesday 11:50 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall H from Nov 15, 2016  to Nov 15, 2016
Thursday 10:10 AM - 11:50 AM lesson Lecture Hall H from Nov 17, 2016  to Nov 17, 2016
Friday 9:20 AM - 11:50 AM lesson Lecture Hall H from Nov 18, 2016  to Nov 18, 2016

Learning outcomes

Educational aims. The course is aimed at improving the students’ knowledge of the transformation of the ancient world during the birth of the Roman Empire.
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 which changed deeply the fundaments of the social life.


Subject of the course: Augustus
Didactic method: normal lessons will be held, the discussed passages will be given (also in translation) to the students.
Form of the exam: oral exam

The course is divided into two parts:
- the first consists in the 36 lessons, devoted to Augustus and the culture in his age; students will be provided with images and texts, which will be at their disposal online;
- the second part consists in the study of 1) Res gestae divi Augusti; 2) Cassius Dio, books XLIX-LIII. (Choose an edition with commentary), and a handbook of Roman History (for ex. A. Momigliano, Manuale di storia romana, a cura di A. Mastrocinque, Torino, UTET, 2011 (except the latest chapter, pp. 242-252); or Storia di Roma dalle origini alla tarda antichità, Catania, Edizioni del Prisma, 2013 (one can omit chapter V from section IX onward)

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Momigliano, Arnaldo Manuale di storia romana UTET 2016
Erodiano Storia dell’impero romano dopo Marco Aurelio, libri IV-VIII Sansoni 1967
Mazza, Mario, a cura di Storia di Roma dalle origini alla tarda antichità Edizioni del Prisma 2013
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.
The exam is the same also for students who did not attend the classes, but used the recorded lessons and documents online in the E-learning site of the University of Verona