TEACHING ANCIENT HISTORY
Learning outcomes of the course unit
In conformity with the learning goals of the advanced degree program, this course has been designed to provide students with advanced-level preparation in Greek history and the techniques and skills required for independent research work.
The student must posses the requirements provided for in the teaching regulations for admission to an advanced degree course. At least elementary knowledge of Greek is recommended.
Course contents summary
This course, which is connected with Unit B of the 3-year degree Greek History course but which is organised on an independent seminar basis, is entitled: The Athenian empire of the V century B.C.: a historical and historiographic evaluation. It analyses the historical-political context in which the Athens-controlled Delian League was born in 478-7 B.C., as well as the phases of its transformation in that “imperial” system in which the mechanisms of organisation and control in the political and economic sphere have always been the subject of lively scholarly debate. In analyzing this here, an attempt will be made to evaluate the extent and limits of the testimony of Thucydides and the contribution of epigraphic documentation, along with the chronological and interpretative problems this entails. And finally, in light of recent historiographic findings, the Athenian empire will be examined within the context of the imperialism of the ancient world.
For a general historical backgrounds, students are asked to read:
S. Hornblower, La Grecia classica dalle guerre persiane ad Alessandro Magno, Milano, Rizzoli, 1997 (only Chaps. I-XIII, pp. 13-303).
Students should be familiar with the following texts:
Tucidide, Storie, books I-II (one of the many editions with facing Italian and original Greek text side-by-side);
Plutarco, Vita di Cimone (if possible the following edition: Le vite di Cimone e di Lucullo, a cura di C. Carena, M. Manfredini, L. Piccirilli, Milano, Fondazione Valla/Mondadori, 1990);
Plutarco, Vita di Pericle (in the following edition: Vite parallele. Pericle. Fabio Massimo, intr. di P.A. Stadter, trad. e note di A. Santoni, Milano, BUR, 1991);
Specific bibliography on individual topics agreed upon between the professor and each student.
Course work is seminar-based with the active involvement of all students.
Evaluation is based on an oral exam in which the results attained by each student in his or her independent research are discussed.