cod. 15701

Academic year 2020/21
1° year of course - Second semester
- Luca IORI
Academic discipline
Storia romana (L-ANT/03)
Discipline classiche, storiche, antropologiche e politico-sociali
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

The course will provide students with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the history of ancient Greek and Roman historiography.

The course will provide students with the critical and methodological tools required to read and understand different types of historiographical texts, and thus the ability to apply knowledge and understanding to issues in addition to those covered in the lessons.

Lessons will focus on the different types of historiographical sources and their interaction with different aspects of historical reality. Students will thus develop autonomy of judgement in reading ancient texts
and interpreting historical facts.

At the end of the course students will have acquired the ability to clearly present specialist contents related to the history of ancient Greek and Roman historiography, both verbally and/or in writing.

Theoretical and disciplinary content of the course should provide students with the methodological tools and learning
abilities required for the continuation of studies and/or for specialist
professional activities.


University level knowledge of Greek and Roman history.

Course unit content

The course is in a single Unit (6 CFU = 30 hours) which will take place April 12th-May, 14th 2020. The Unit will offer a systematic analysis of the history of ancient Greek and Roman historiography from the emergence of Ionian historical thought (6th century BC) to the end of the ancient world (5th century AD). Focusing on a selection of ancient texts in translation, lessons will discuss different aims, methods, genres and audiences of ancient historiography. Specific attention will be drawn to the following topics: the figure of the historian in the Greek and Roman world; the relationship between history and political instruction, between historiography and rhetoric, between historiographical texts and material evidence (epigraphical sources, archeological materials, etc.).

Full programme

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A) Students ATTENDING lessons:
1. Introduzione alla storiografia greca, ed. by Marco Bettalli, Roma, Carocci, 201810, pp. 13-154.
2. G. Zecchini, Storia della storiografia romana, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2016, 250pp.
3. Further readings and anthology of ancient texts provided during classes (available on Elly platform).

B) Students NOT ATTENDING lessons:
1. Introduzione alla storiografia greca, ed. by Marco Bettalli, Roma, Carocci, 201810, pp. 13-154.
2. G. Zecchini, Storia della storiografia romana, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2016, pp. 43-192.
3. M. Pani, Le ragioni della storiografia in Grecia e a Roma. Una introduzione, Bari, Edipuglia, 2001, 156pp.

Teaching methods

It is hoped that the course will be delivered through front lectures in attendance, compatibly with the updating of the guidelines about COVID-19 emergency.
The hours of frontal lessons will be integrated with seminars during which individual students will engage in in-depth analyses of specific topics – all this with the aid of the reference works and additional scholarship recommended by the teacher.

Assessment methods and criteria

Learning assessment will consist of an oral examination.
The minimum requirement to pass the exam (18-23/30) is for the student to be able to understand at a basic level the texts proposed by the teacher during the exam, to demonstrate a sufficient mastery of the topics dealt with in the frontal lessons, to express him/herself with a minimum of correctness, to develop at a sufficient level his/her own research on the topic agreed upon with the teacher. 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 content of the course, a thorough competence in dealing with research tools and methodology, the ability to solve problems related to information retrieval and the decoding of complex texts and to use the adequate specialized vocabulary, the capacity of making autonomous judgments.

A fail is determined by the lack of an understanding of the minimum content of the course or of the texts proposed at the exam, the inability to express oneself adequately and to produce an autonomous reflection on the topic agreed upon with the teacher.

Other information

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