Roman History (i+p) (2016/2017)

Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
I MODULO PARTE (I) 6 L-ANT/03-ROMAN HISTORY Sem. IA (31.10.16 sosp.lezioni), Sem. IB Attilio Mastrocinque
II MODULO PARTE (P) 6 L-ANT/03-ROMAN HISTORY Sem. IB Attilio Mastrocinque

Learning outcomes

Educational aims. The course is aimed at improving the students’ knowledge of the transformation of the ancient world during the birth of the Roman Empire.
Students will be guided towards a critical analysis of the documentary sources, both archaeological and literary or epigraphic. Such an analysis will allow them to acquire the skill of distinguishing the nature and the features of the different types of documents and, subsequently, of putting them in comparison. Another acquired skill will be that of singling out the principles on which the social life of the Romans was based, the capability of these latter of integrating non-Romans into their society and politics, and also the relevance of some political acts which changed deeply the fundaments of the social life.
The advanced course is aimed at improving the students’ knowledge of history and institutions of the Romans during the Archaic Age, the fundamental principles which the Roman society was based on, the dialectics between Romans and the Latin communities.
Students will be guided towards a critical analysis of the documentary sources, both archaeological and literary or epigraphic. Such an analysis will allow them to acquire the skill of distinguishing the nature and the features of the different types of documents and, subsequently, of putting them in comparison. Another acquired skill will be that of singling out the principles which the political debate of the Romans was concerned with, and the effect of this debate on the birth and development of the historical tradition.

Syllabus

The basic course is divided into two parts:
- the first consists in the 36 lessons, devoted to Augustus and the culture in his age; students will be provided with images and texts, which will be at their disposal online;
- the second part consists in the study of 1) Res gestae divi Augusti; 2) Cassius Dio, books XLIX-LIII. (Choose an edition with commentary), and a handbook of Roman History (for ex. A. Momigliano, Manuale di storia romana, a cura di A. Mastrocinque, Torino, UTET, 2011 (except the latest chapter, pp. 242-252); or Storia di Roma dalle origini alla tarda antichità, Catania, Edizioni del Prisma, 2013 (one can omit chapter V from section IX onward).
Advanced course: The course is aimed at teaching some important topics concerning the early Roman history.
Previous studies: knowledge of Roman history and Latin language at a basic level.
Subject of the course: The age of the Tarquinii
Texts to be read:
1) Livy, books I and II; Ovid, Fasti (use an edition with commentary).
2) Passages that will be discussed during the course.
Didactic method: normal lessons will be held; the discussed passages and images will be at disposal (also in translation) in the internet site of the University of Verona, E-Learning. Students who are unable to attend one or more lessons will use mp3 records, texts, and images on the E-learning platform of the University.



Assessment methods and criteria

Form of the exam: oral exam. Questions will be posed in order to ascertain what learning and knowing level was reached. Eventually, the questions could go further in deep by focussing on texts and/or monuments discussed during the course.
The exam is the same also for students who did not attend the classes, but used the recorded lessons and documents online in the E-learning site of the University of Verona

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Momigliano, Arnaldo Manuale di storia romana UTET 2016
Mazza, Mario, a cura di Storia di Roma dalle origini alla tarda antichità Edizioni del Prisma 2013
Erodiano Storia dell’impero romano dopo Marco Aurelio, libri IV-VIII Sansoni 1967
Rowan, Clare Under divine auspices: divine ideology and the visualisation of imperial power in the Severan period Cambridge University Press 2012