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GREEK HISTORY

CODE 72626
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
CREDITS
  • 9 cfu during the 1st year of 8453 CONSERVAZIONE DEI BENI CULTURALI (L-1) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 1st year of 8457 LETTERE (L-10) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 8457 LETTERE (L-10) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 3nd year of 8457 LETTERE (L-10) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 2nd year of 8455 FILOSOFIA (L-5) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 1st year of 8459 STORIA (L-42) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-ANT/02
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The course treats the basis of Greek history with particular attention to historical evolution, the main related issues (political-military aspects, institutions, society, religion, and economy) and research methodologies; specific attention is reserved to historiography, historical geography, and epigraphy. The knowledge of Greek is not mandatory but he course implies a capacity to study manuals and texts autonomously. Mme D. Lenfant (Strasbourg) will be Visiting Professor (April/May 2020)

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Having a basic knowledge of the historical development of the Greek world, the main events from the Bronze age to the Hellenistic-Roman era, and the fundamentals of its civilisation, in the context of the ancient history of the Mediterranean world; - attaining necessary methodological competencies and techniques for approaching the documentary bases of Greek history with particular reference to literary and epigraphical texts and without neglecting archeological accounts and the contribution of documentary science (papyrology, numismatics etc.); - knowing how to carry out bibliographical research and knowing the modalities of its updating by using both traditional and telematic research tools; - recognising the essential characteristics - political, economic, social, religious - of the Hellenistic world and the main evolutionary lines of Greek political institutions in a diachronic and synchronic sense by analysing surviving documents; - knowing the lines of development of Greek historiography and the works of the main authors of historical works by reading, interpreting and commenting texts; - knowing how to evaluate historical information taken from authors of different literary genres (historiography, tragedy, comedy, oratory, biography etc.) and place witness accounts in their historical-cultural context

    PREREQUISITES

    The knowledge of the ancient Greek language is not requested. Students must be able to read and study the handbooks by themselves.

    TEACHING METHODS

    Lectures, seminars and Aulaweb

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Programme for students taking the course for 6 cfu

    General part: Method, sources, geography of ancient Greek; general bibliography. Greek historiography. Greek political institutions.

    The course gives a general introduction to the discipline - main problems of method, use of sources, orientation among research tools -, elements of Greek historiographical production and a profile of Greek political institutions from the origins to the 4th century BC. The historical geography of the Greek world will be the subject of a specific segment of the course (8 hours), developed as additional teaching by Francesco Carriere.

    A written exercise (which is not obligatory) is envisaged and must be agreed upon with teaching staff before the oral exam.

    For information on the written assignment and any other clarifications, students who do not attend must contact teaching staff by email (francesca.gazzano@unige.it).

    Programme for students taking the course for 9 cfu

    General part: Method, sources, geography of ancient Greek; general bibliography. Greek historiography. Greek political institutions.

    The course gives a general introduction to the discipline - main problems of method, use of sources, orientation among research tools -, elements of Greek historiographical production and a profile of Greek political institutions from the origins to the 4th century BC. The historical geography of the Greek world will be the subject of a specific segment of the course (10 hours), developed as additional teaching by Marco Enrico.

    A written exercise (which is not obligatory) is envisaged and must be agreed upon with teaching staff before the oral exam.

    For information on the written assignment and any other clarifications, students who do not attend must contact teaching staff by email (francesca.gazzano@unige.it).

    Second part:  The Persian Wars, from History to Myth. This part of the course will be devoted to a close reading of the literary sources (e.g. Simonides, Aeschylus, Herodotus, Diodorus, Plutarch, Pausanias) who described the political and military evolution of the years 499-478 (from the Ionian Revolt to the end of the Persian invasion) and who reflected the propaganda which the Athenian democracy made about those events. Some lessons, in form of seminars, will see the involvement of external teachers, of experts and of PhD students.Some lessons will be held (in April/May 2020) by M.me Dominique Lenfant, Professeure d'Histoire grecque - Université Strasbourg, as Visiting Professor.

     

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Bibliographical references are in the Italian version of the programme. 

     

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    FRANCESCA GAZZANO (President)

    FRANCESCO CARRIERE

    MARCO ENRICO (Substitute)

    VALTER LAPINI (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    Class schedule

    GREEK HISTORY

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Oral interview (and discussion of a written essay, which is not mandatory)

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    Written test (optional): analysis of a theme agreed with a bibliography supplied by teaching staff, the acquisition of a correct enquiry methodology and knowledge of a specific topic of Greek history as well as the ability to move between ancient sources and modern bibliography will be assessed.

    Oral exam: it examines the basic knowledge of events of Greek history and relative historiography as well the level of knowledge of issues and texts discussed in lectures

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    18/01/2022 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    08/02/2022 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    12/05/2022 09:30 GENOVA Orale L'appello del 16 dicembre 2021 è valido solo per gli iscritti dell'a.a. 2020/21 e precedenti e quello del 12 maggio 2022 è riservato ai soli laureandi
    30/05/2022 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    28/06/2022 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    13/07/2022 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    13/09/2022 09:30 GENOVA Orale