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 an introductory survey, and is scheduled in the second part of the first semester (November 2nd - December 4th 2020). This unit offers an introduction to the history of the Greek world from the Archaic age to the early Hellenistic age. 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 an introductory 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 (up to p. 241 included).
2. F. De Luise, “I filosofi e la città”, in Storia dell’Europa e del Mediterraneo. I: Il mondo antico. Sezione II: La Grecia. Volume IV: Grecia e Mediterraneo dall’età delle guerre persine all’ellenismo, edited by M. Giangiulio, Salerno Editrice, 2008, pp. 593-622.
3. The topics dealt with and sources read in class.
The class consists of 30 hours of lectures. Lectures will be delivered in distance learning (online streaming via Teams). All students are expected to sign up for the class on Elly before lectures start in order to receive all updates concerning the development of the class and the links to the streaming sessions.
For those students who cannot attend the streaming sessions, lectures will be recorded and made available on the platform Elly, but only for a limited period of time (one week after each lecture).
Appropriate spaces for interaction between students and instructor will be made available both via Teams and on Elly. Slides and other material discussed during the lectures will be made available on Elly with no time limit.
Non-attending students (i.e. those who cannot take advantage either of streaming sessions nor of recorded lectures) 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. Taking into account the development of the current health emergency, it will be possible to take the examination both in presence (if feasible) and online via Teams (in the latter case, please see the tutorial made available by our university: http://selma.unipr.it/wp-content/uploads/Esami-orali-online-guida-per-gl...).
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.