Learning outcomes of the course unit
At the end of the class, students should be able to:
1. Know and remember the main events and issues of the political, social, and economic history of the archaic and classical Greek world, including the most important moment of the history of political institutions and political thought; understand the content and historical context of the primary sources and the use of basic tools, both critical and methodological, discussed in class (knowledge and understanding).
2. Apply the basic tools, both critical and methodological, which allow us to reconstruct the history of archaic and classical Greece, to the reading and understanding of different categories of primary sources and secondary literature not necessarily touched upon in class (applying knowledge and understanding).
3. Know how to analyze and judge autonomously the data provided by primary sources and secondary literature; know how to develop, for the moment at a basic level, a personal critical reflection on the interpretation of the main historical facts of the Greek world (making judgments).
4. Know how to communicate and present with clarity, verbally or in writing, non-specialized contents related to the main events and issues of the history of the Greek world (communication skills).
5. Develop the learning skills necessary for connecting the different topics covered in class with each other and with other similar, basic disciplines, in order to pursue further studies or carry out non-specialized professional activities (learning skills).
No particular prerequisite except a good general grounding in historical disciplines given by secondary schools.
Course contents summary
The course consists of a single unit (6 cfu = 30 hours) serving as a preparatory survey, and is scheduled from October 28 to November 29 2019. This unit offers an introduction to the history of the Greek world from the archaic age to the reign of Alexander III (the Great) of Macedonia (ca. 800-323 BCE). Through the study of a large selection of literary and epigraphic texts in translation and figurative documents, the instructor will illustrate: 1) the main events and issues of the political, social, and economic history of the archaic and classical Greek world. 2) The basic lines of the history of Greek historiography and the sources, research tools, and methodologies that allow us to reconstruct the history of archaic and classical Greece. In line with the interests of students enrolled in the degree course in Philosophical Studies, to whom this course is destined, the instructor will devote a particular attention to the history of political institutions and political thought. Those students who are interested in the class even though they have already attended a preparatory survey of Greek History are encouraged to contact the instructor for arranging a specific program of different nature.
Students will prepare this unit on the following material:
1. M. Corsaro - L. Gallo, “Storia greca”, Le Monnier Università, 2010 (to complement with the aid of a good historical atlas).
2. The topics dealt with and sources read in class.
3. Further specific bibliography that the instructor will indicate at the beginning of the class.
The class consists of 30 hours of lectures (see above “Contenuti”).
Non-attending students are expected to contact the instructor directly to receive information on the teaching material and arrange the content of the exam.
Assessment methods and criteria
The learning assessment consists of an oral examination.
Students will be able to pass the exam (18-23/30) if they demonstrate, at least to a sufficient degree, that they know the main events and issues of the history of the Greek world, understand the content of the primary sources and secondary literature discussed in class, orient themselves in the use of basic critical and methodological tools, and communicate such contents in a relatively clear manner and with a sufficiently appropriate vocabulary.
Students who do not fulfill these basic requirements will fail the exam.
Students will achieve middle-range grades (24-27/30) if they demonstrate to fulfill to a more than sufficient or good degree the requirements listed above.
Students will achieve higher grades (28-30/30 cum laude) if they demonstrate a solid mastery of the main events and issues of Greek history, the capacity to fully understand and reflect autonomously on primary sources and secondary literature, a clear familiarity with basic critical and methodological tools, the capacity to operate transversal connections between the topics discussed in class, and the ability to communicate such contents in a clear manner and with the appropriate technical vocabulary.