cod. 1008026

Academic year 2018/19
1° year of course - First semester
Professor responsible for the course unit
integrated course unit
12 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Course unit structured in the following modules:

Learning objectives

Knowledge and understanding.
With this course, the student will acquire a general knowledge and understanding of the political, social and institutional history of the Greek world from the archaic age to the early Hellenistic age.
Applying knowledge and understanding.
The course will provide the student with the basic, both critical and methodological, tools needed to read and understand the different types of sources and thus to apply knowledge and understanding to topics not directly dealt with in the lessons.
Making judgments.
By actively participating in the lessons, in which the different types of sources are made to interact with the different aspects of historical reality, students will be able to develop, for the moment at a basic level, their autonomy of judgment in the reading of texts and the interpretation of historical facts.
Communication skills.
At the end of the course, students will have the ability to expose, verbally or in writing, non-specialist contents related to the main events and problems of the history of the ancient Greek world.
Learning skills.
Theoretical and disciplinary skills acquired during the lessons should provide the students with the methodological tools and learning skills that are useful for continuing the studies or for carrying out non-specialist professional activities.


No particular prerequisite is asked for, but for a good general preparation given in the secondary schools in historical disciplines.

Course unit content

The course will be divided into two Units: the first one will focus on the basics, while the second one will consist of further study of one major specific issue of the ancient Greek history.
The Unit of basic knowledge (6 credits=30 hours), for students attending both the 6 cfu course and the 12 cfu course, will take place from September 17th to October 17th 2018. This Unit, which has a preparatory and methodological character, will serve as an introduction to the history of the ancient Greek World, from the early archaic period to the reign of Alexander III (the Great) of Macedon (ca. 800-323 BC). Through the study of several translated literary and epigraphic texts and figurative documents, the teacher will illustrate: a) the main political, social, and economic issues of the pre-hellenistic Greek world; b) the broad lines of the history of Greek historiography and the sources, research tools, and methodologies which allow us to reconstruct the history of archaic and classical Greece.
The second in-depth Unit (6 credits=30 hours), intended only for students attending the 12 cfu course, will take place from November 5th to December 5th 2018 and will be entitled: "The Delian League and the Athenian Empire of the 5th cent. BC". It will concentrate, in its first part, on how the Delian League was born and first developed in the aftermath of the second Persian war. In its second part, the Unit will focus on the political, economic and administrative operation of the so-called Athenian empire, which seems to have consolidated and stabilized around the middle of the 5th cent. BC. Finally, the concepts of "empire" and "imperialism" in the ancient world will be explored in order to try to understand the main features and the limits of the historical phenomenon that we call the Athenian "empire".

Full programme

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A. Unit of basic knowledge.
Students will prepare this Unit on the following material:
1. M. CORSARO – L. GALLO, "Storia greca", Firenze, Le Monnier Università, 2010 (to be studied with the support of a good historical atlas);
2. the topics dealt with and the sources read in class (see below, under Teaching Methods).
B. Unit of in-depth knowledge.
Students will prepare this Unit on the topics dealt with and the sources read in class (see below, under Teaching Methods). Further specific bibliography will be indicated at the beginning of the course.

Teaching methods

Teaching will consist of 30 hours of frontal lessons for each Unit, integrated with practice and training activities. These activities will consist of visits to the libraries, in order to directly consult collections of sources and bibliographical as well as research tools, and of workshops with small groups of more actively involved students, aimed at the close analysis of literary and epigraphic texts.
The course, both the Unit of basics and the Unit of in-depth knowledge, will also be offered in a blended way on the distance learning platform http://elly.dusic.unipr.it/

Assessment methods and criteria

The learning assessment will consist of an oral examination. The sufficiency threshold in the exam (18-23/30) is reached if the student shows to have got a basic knowledge of the historical development of the Greek world from the Archaic to the Hellenistic period and the main features of the ancient Greek civilization, to understand the texts studied in class, to orient him/herself in the main issues dealt with in the course, to express him/herself in a sufficiently clear way and with a sufficiently correct vocabulary. A fail grade is determined by failure to meet these basic requirements. Middle-range scores (24-27/30) are assigned to the students who produce evidence of a more than sufficient or good level in the evaluation indicators listed above. Higher scores (28/30 to 30/30 cum laude) are awarded to the students who demonstrate a full mastery of the historical development of ancient Greece up to the Hellenistic age and the main aspects of its civilization, the ability to fully understand and frame in the right context the documents read in class, to reflect independently on the contents of the program and to make transversal links between the topics covered in the course, the ability to express themselves clearly and using the correct disciplinary vocabulary. Some acquaintance with the basic research tools will contribute to a high score.

Other information

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