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GREEK HISTORY

CODE 72626
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 9 cfu during the 2nd year of 8455 FILOSOFIA (L-5) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 1st year of 8459 STORIA (L-42) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 1st year of 8453 CONSERVAZIONE DEI BENI CULTURALI (L-1) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 8457 LETTERE (L-10) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 1st year of 8457 LETTERE (L-10) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 3nd year of 8457 LETTERE (L-10) - 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 and epigraphy. The knowledge of ancient Greek is not mandatory but the course implies a capacity to study the assigned handbooks autonomously. 

    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 mandatory. Students must be able to read and study the handbooks by themselves.

    TEACHING METHODS

    Lectures, seminars and Aulaweb

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Program for students taking the course for 6 cfu

    General part: Method, sources, the geography of ancient Greece; periodization; main historical events in the Greek world from the 2nd millennium BCE to the Hellenistic period; Greek political institutions.
    The course offers a general introduction to the discipline - main problems of methodology, source-based approach, guidance among research tools - and a thematic overview of the main historical events that occurred in the Greek world, focusing on political-military and institutional aspects.
    A written essay (optional) agreed upon with the lecturer, preliminary to the oral examination, is also envisaged.
    Non-attending students should contact the lecturer by e-mail (francesca.gazzano@unige.it) for the written essay and for any other clarifications.

    Program for students taking the course for 9 cfu

    General part: Method, sources, the geography of ancient Greece; periodization; main historical events in the Greek world from the 2nd millennium BC to the Hellenistic period; Greek political institutions.
    The course offers a general introduction to the discipline - main problems of methodology, source-based approach, guidance among research tools - and a thematic overview of the main historical events that occurred in the Greek world, focusing on political-military and institutional aspects.
    A written essay (optional) agreed upon with the lecturer, preliminary to the oral examination, is also envisaged.
    Non-attending students should contact the lecturer by e-mail (francesca.gazzano@unige.it) for the written essay and for any other clarifications.

    Part Two

    Writing History. In this part of the course, historiographical aspects will be explored in-depth, starting with a profile of the main historians and through a guided and commented reading of selected passages (from Hecataeus, Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Ctesias, Ephorus, Theopompus, Polybius, Diodorus, Arrian, Plutarch). In particular, the focus will be on questions of methodology, the relationship between the historian and his audience, the contribution of fragmentary historiography, and the relationship between historiography and archaeological and epigraphic documentation. The involvement of external lecturers, specialists, and Ph.D. students is also planned for this year in the form of seminars.

     

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Bibliography for students using the 6 cfu course

    For all:

    A handbook of your choice among:

    1. C. BEARZOT, Manuale di storia greca, Bologna, Il Mulino 2011 (and subsequent editions)

    2. M. BETTALLI, A.L. D’AGATA, A. MAGNETTO, Storia greca, Roma, Carocci 2013

    3. M. GIANGIULIO (a cura di), Introduzione alla storia greca, Bologna, Il Mulino 2021: Part I, chapters III, V, VI, VII, X, XIII, XV, XVI, XVII, XIX. Part Two: integral study (chapters XX-XXXIV).

    A reading of your choice among:

    1. F. CORDANO, P. SCHIRRIPA, Le parole chiave della storia greca, Roma Carocci, 2015 (II ed.)

    2. G. MOSCONI, Democrazia e buon governo. Cinque tesi democratiche nella Grecia del V secolo a.C., Milano, LED, 2021.

    3. S. FERRUCCI, Democrazia, Roma, Inscibboleth, 2022.

    4. M. LUPI, Sparta. Storia e rappresentazioni di una città greca, Roma, Carocci 2017.

    5. P. CARTLEDGE, Ancient Greek Political Thought in Practice, Cambridge 2009.

    Non-attending students:

    In addition to the above texts:

    G. DAVERIO ROCCHI, Il mondo dei Greci, Pearson 2020 (new edition).

    Alternatively, those who have chosen to study the handbook of M. GIANGIULIO (ed.), Introduzione alla storia greca, Bologna, Il Mulino 2021, may complete their preparation by adding to the parts already in the program (for all), the chapters (Part I): I, IV, VIII, IX, XI, XII, XVIII.

    Bibliography for students using the 9 cfu course

    PART I

    For all:

    A handbook of your choice among:

    1. C. BEARZOT, Manuale di storia greca, Bologna, Il Mulino 2011 (and subsequent editions)

    2. M. BETTALLI, A.L. D’AGATA, A. MAGNETTO, Storia greca, Roma, Carocci 2013

    3. M. GIANGIULIO (a cura di), Introduzione alla storia greca, Bologna, Il Mulino 2021: Part I, chapters III, V, VI, VII, X, XIII, XV, XVI, XVII, XIX. Part Two: integral study (chapters XX-XXXIV).

    A reading of your choice among:

    1. F. CORDANO, P. SCHIRRIPA, Le parole chiave della storia greca, Roma Carocci, 2015 (II ed.)

    2. G. MOSCONI, Democrazia e buon governo. Cinque tesi democratiche nella Grecia del V secolo a.C., Milano, LED, 2021.

    3. S. FERRUCCI, Democrazia, Roma, Inscibboleth, 2022.

    4. M. LUPI, Sparta. Storia e rappresentazioni di una città greca, Roma, Carocci 2017.

    5. P. CARTLEDGE, Ancient Greek Political Thought in Practice, Cambridge 2009.

    Non-attending students:

    In addition to the above texts:

    G. DAVERIO ROCCHI, Il mondo dei Greci, Pearson 2020 (new edition).

    Alternatively, those who have chosen to study the handbook of M. GIANGIULIO (ed.), Introduzione alla storia greca, Bologna, Il Mulino 2021, may complete their preparation by adding to the parts already in the program (for all), the chapters (Part I): I, IV, VIII, IX, XI, XII, XVIII.

    PART II: Texts and materials related to this part of the course will be distributed in class and made available to students on Aulaweb; for those who can, constant attendance is recommended.

    For all:

    A handbook of Greek historiography to be chosen between:

    1. M. BETTALLI (a cura di), Introduzione alla storiografia greca, Roma, Carocci 2009 (and subsequent editions)

    2. C. BEARZOT, Introduzione alla storiografia greca, Bologna, Il Mulino 2022

    Non-attending students:

    In addition to the above, knowledge (in Italian or English) of a classic of your choice among:

    Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War, Book I or Book II (any edition; for students in the classical curriculum an edition with a facing text is recommended).

    Herodotus, The Histories, Book I or Book VIII (any edition; for students in the Classical curriculum an edition with a Greek text opposite is recommended).

    Xenophon, Anabasis, Book I (any edition; for students in the Classical curriculum an edition with a facing text is recommended).

    Polybius, The Histories, Book I (any edition; for students in the Classical curriculum an edition with a facing text is recommended).

    Lucian of Samosata, How to Write History (any edition; for students in the Classics curriculum a text-to-speech edition is recommended).

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    FRANCESCA GAZZANO (President)

    FRANCESCO CARRIERE

    MARCO ENRICO (Substitute)

    VALTER LAPINI (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    I Semester. For the exact date see the Italian version.

    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 as the level of knowledge of issues and texts discussed in lectures. The threshold of sufficiency is reached if, in relation to the topics under examination, one demonstrates a basic knowledge of the events, protagonists, and historical-geographical contexts of Greek history, considered in their chronological development, and achieves a level of methodological competence that allows one to orient oneself in the evaluation of the documentary bases. The threshold of excellence is reached, in relation to the topics to be examined, with the demonstration of a broad knowledge of events, protagonists, and historical-geographical contexts of Greek history, considered in their synchronic and diachronic development and in their cause/consequence dynamics, and a level of methodological competence is reached that allows one to evaluate the documentary bases with critical capacity.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes