ROMAN HISTORY (LM)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The Roman History course (LM) will focus on the reign of Flavius Claudius Iulianus and it will be also dedicated to a thorough reading and commentary of that emperor’s epistoles. Studying the various proposed methods and the narrow focus on these specific issues will have as primary outcome the understanding of the structure and the contents of the selected subjects. However, focusing on the history of the Roman empire in the mid-fourth century will also provide students with a thorough understanting of the methods employed in the general study of Roman history. From the knowledge and skills developed in the classroom and in coursework assignments students will learn how to handle the methodological tools needed to deal with other subjects and issues in the history of ancient Rome in a critical and self-aware manner.
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING SKILLS
The Roman History course (LM) will provide students with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the political, social and institutional history of the Roman world.
ABILITY TO APPLY KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
The Roman History course (LM) will provide students with the critical and methodological tools required to read and understand the different types of source for the study of the history of Rome, and thus the ability to apply knowledge and understanding to issues in addition to those covered in the lessons.
INDEPENDENCE OF JUDGEMENT
Lessons focus on the different types of source for the study of the history of Rome and their interaction with different aspects of historical reality. Students thus develop autonomy of judgement in reading ancient texts and interpreting historical facts.
At the end of the Roman History course (LM) students will have acquired the ability to present specialist contents related to the main events and issues in the field of Roman history clearly, verbally and/or in writing.
Theoretical and disciplinary contents of the Roman History course (LM) should provide students with the methodological tools and learning abilities required for the continuation of studies and/or for specialist professional activities.
1) University level knowledge of the history of ancient Rome: students (attending or not attending lessons) who have not taken the Roman History exam (at least 6 CFU) during the three-year degree are required to choose the recommended readings listed in point C of the examination bibliography;
2) high school level knowledge of the classical languages.
Course contents summary
The Roman History course (LM) will focus on the reign of Flavius Claudius Iulianus and it will be also dedicated to a thorough reading and commentary of that emperor’s epistoles. Classes will have the format of single-topic seminars.
A) Students attending lessons:
1) anthology of ancient texts provided during classes (available on the Elly platform);
2) A. MARCONE, Giuliano, Roma, Salerno Editrice, 2019, pp. 376.
N.B. Highly recommended is the use of an historical atlas of the ancient world
B) Students not attending lessons:
1) A. MARCONE, Giuliano, Roma, Salerno Editrice, 2019, pp. 376;
2) A. PAGLIARA, Retorica, filosofia e politica in Giuliano Cesare, Alessandria, Edizioni dell’Orso, 2012, pp. 176
N.B. Vivamente consigliata è la consultazione di un atlante storico del mondo antico.
C) Students who have not taken the Roman History exam (at least 6 CFU) during the three-year degree:
1) G. GERACI - A. MARCONE, Storia romana, con la collaborazione di A. Cristofori e C. Salvaterra, IV edizione, Le Monnier Università - Mondadori Education, Milano, 2016, pp. 360;
2a) only students attending lessons: anthology of ancient texts provided during classes (also available on the Elly platform)
2b) only students not attending lessons: I. TANTILLO, L’imperatore Giuliano, Roma-Bari, Laterza, repr. 2019 (or any other edition), pp. 148.
N.B. Highly recommended is the use of an historical atlas of the ancient world.
STUDENTS WITH A LOW LEVEL OF ITALIAN AND ERASMUS STUDENTS ARE KINDLY REQUESTED TO DISCUSS A BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR THE EXAMINATION WITH THE PROFESSOR.
Lessons, which will also be recorded for any asynchronous use (via the Elly platform); commented reading of texts, with the same modality; discussion and exercises on sample texts.
Assessment methods and criteria
Assessment will take place during the final exam, which will consist of an oral interview on the different parts of the program. The aims of the exam are: 1) to assess knowledge of the main developments in Roman history from the origins to Late Antiquity, as well as the themes studied monographically (for students attending lessons, the more detailed knowledge will be assessed on the basis of documents studied in class, and for non-attending students, on the basis of the supplementary bibliography); 2) to evaluate the clarity of exposition, the mastery of required language, and appropriacy of candidate answers.
A fail mark is awarded for lack of an understanding of the minimum contents of the course, the inability to express oneself adequately, by a lack of autonomous preparation, the inability to solve problems related to information retrieval and the decoding of complex texts, and/or an inability to make independent judgments. A pass mark (18-23/30) is awarded to students demonstrating knowledge of the minimum, fundamental contents of the course, an adequate level of autonomous preparation and ability to solve problems related to information retrieval and the decoding of complex texts, as well as an acceptable level of ability in making independent judgments. Middle-range scores (24-27/30) are assigned to the student who produces evidence of a more than sufficient level (24-25/30) or good level (26-27/30) in the evaluation indicators listed above. Higher scores (from 28/30 to 30/30 cum laude) are awarded on the basis of the student’s demonstration of a very good or excellent level in the evaluation indicators listed above.
Classes start on February 2022.