Classical tradition and humanities computing (integrated)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Classical tradition. The course aims to enable students to deepen their knowledgment and understanding about the tradition and survival of classical texts from late antiquity trough Medieval ages , Humanism and the Renaissance up to modern ages, and to develop and apply original ideas, also in a research context They will be able to apply their knowledgment and understanding also in new or unfamiliar environments within multidisciplinary context, showing a good competence in placing classical authors in their historical and cultural context and having the ability of formulating judgements also with limited information,.. They will be able to communicate their conclusions clearly and unanmbiguously, using suitable methods of historical analysis , having the learning skills to continue to study in an autonomous manner.
Humanities computing. The course aims to provide students with adequate knowledge about the elements
that characterize documentation in the digital environment: issues, debate, evolution
(knowledge and understanding)
The course will introduce students to a critical understanding of the issues and
technologies related to the processing of digital documents. This knowledge will be
achieved and supported with lectures, seminars, conferences, and will be screened
with oral examinations.
(applying knowledge and understanding)
The study of methodologies and the techniques of document analysis will produce
an understanding of the structure and content of digital documents and information
systems. This knowledge, together with the examination of the main legal issues
relating to these realities, will offer document processing skills appropriate to the
proper management of documents in digital context.
At the end of the course the students, based on the analytical knowledge of both
theoretical and technical system, should have acquired the ability to understand the
management problems of an information system as well as to learn the fundamental
knowledge for a) information retrieval; b) implementation of a basic digital library
At the end of the course, students should have achieved the ability to communicate
clearly and to use the appropriate technical vocabulary related to the issues of the
The commitment on the theoretical and disciplinary aspects of information science
should give students the appropriate methodology and learning skills useful for
access to future professions related to communication, journalism, management of
Basic computer skill.
Course contents summary
Classical Tradition. Classical heritage in late antiquity, in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance: scholars and public in front of ancient Latin authors
Humanities computing. Definition of 'document' and 'documentation' in the digital environment. The digital
document lifecycle: production, management, preservation.
Classical Tradition: first part of the second semester.
Humanities computing: second part of the second semester.
Classical Tradition.S. Tatti, Classico: storia di una parola, Roma 2015. M. Bettini, I classici: da Aulo Gellio a Luciano De Crescenzo, in "I classici nella bufera della modernità", Atti del convegno, Quaderni del ramo d'oro, n. 4, Protagon Editori Toscani 2001, pp. 205-242.
Further reading is provided during the lessons
Informatica umanistica. Bibliography for the exam will be available before the start of the course.
Classical tradition. Frontal lessons and classes. Students will be encouraged to participate in classroom lessons through individual accounts and seminar.
Humanities computing. The course consists of lectures and exercises in classroom or in laboratory.
During the lectures the general issues relating to science and the development of information systems for database management will be discussed. Lab activities are planned.
These activities are designed to provide the opportunity for each student to be able to define the design of stand-alone solutions to the real problems. These activities will be planned in such a way that within each exercise, the student can achieve practically the solutions of the problems outlined during theoretical lessons.
Assessment methods and criteria
Classical tradition. The exam consists of an interview covering syllabus topics. Students will show their deep competence about the tradition and survival of classical texts, placing authors in their historical and cultural context. Students will be assessed on: written and oral proficiency; language property; working out contents; ability to make inter-disciplinary connections; proper use of specialist language; ability to give proper answers to given questions.
Humanities computing. The oral exam is a final evaluation of the topics covered in the lectures and the
texts listed in course bibliography
The final score will be calculated by the arithmetic mean of the partial scores of the two courses.