Roman History (m) (2017/2018)

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Name of lecturer
Alfredo Buonopane
Alfredo Buonopane
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
First half of Semester 2 dal Feb 26, 2018 al Apr 21, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide the conceptual, methodological and cultural basis necessaries for analyzing and interpreting the most important topics of Roman history in the light of the most recent historiographic acquisitions. It will also develop the skills of using a correct and adequate language and acquiring the skills necessary to properly understand the main aspects of Latin civilization.
The course will be articulated in two moments, distinct but complementary:
1. Aspects and problems of the political and social history of the Roman Empire from the 1st to the 4th century AD
2. Roman historiography in Greek and Latin.


Part I
- From Republic to Principate.
- The julian-claudian dynasty
- The Flavi.
- From Nerva to Commodo.
- The Severi and the Gordians.
- Economic and Social problems of II and III Century AD.
- Diocletian's Reforms.
- Constantinuse.

Part II
- History of Roman historiography.
- The Annalists.
- History and biography.
- Commentaries and works of erudition.

Didactic methods
For attending students, teaching methods consist of lectures dedicated to the transmission of
basic notions and basic tools of work. b. Attending students will receive at the first lesson the complete calendar of didactic activities with the dates and topics covered in the lessons provided by the time, the classroom and the indication of possible suspension for academic reasons.
Throughout the academic year, there is also available the individual reception service handled by the teacher at the timetable indicated on the teacher's web pages.
With regard to non-attending students, teaching methods consist of a support teacher for personal study of the manuals during the talks, also attached to the outside the scheduled time and providing, on request, additional teaching materials.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
G. A. Cecconi La città e l'impero. Una storia del mondo romano dalle origini a Teodosio il Grande Carocci, Roma 2011
G. Zecchini Storia della storiografia romana Laterza, Bari 2016

Assessment methods and criteria

Verification of learning outcomes for both attending and non-attending students is an oral interview.

Objectives of the verification test
- Verify the amplitude and depth of the acquired knowledges.
- Check the analytical and argumentative capabilities
- Check the skills acquired reading and commenting a simple epigraphic text.

The interview will cover al the program and will be in Italian, also for ERASMUS students. The vote will be expressed in 30/30.

Erasmus students should contact in advance the teacher.