LF/0263 - ROMAN ANTIQUITIES
Academic Year 2021/2022
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Knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course, students will have a/an:
in-depth knowledge and understanding of the History of the Roman Empire in the first half of the Ist century CE (political, military, institutional, social, economic, religious and geographic aspects);
in-depth knowledge and understanding of the dynamics and historical processes of the Roman world in the first half of the Ist century CE;
in-depth knowledge and understanding of the discipline's methodology and technical terminology;
in-depth knowledge and understanding of the main traditional and electronic bibliographic tools used by historians of the Roman world;
in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the different types of sources (primary and secondary; ancient and modern; literary and documentary; written and iconographic) useful for the study of the topics covered;
in-depth knowledge and understanding of the different methodological approaches required by the examination of ancient sources.
Applying knowledge and understanding
The knowledge and the skills listed above will enable students to:
deeply analyse issues, dynamics and historical processes of the Roman world along with reference to historiographic interpretations and to the history of Roman historiography;
continue studying independently the topics covered;
develop original ideas in a research field;
process and reinterpret the historical knowledge acquired, extending it also outside the discipline's field of study.
At the end of the course, students will know how to:
evaluate their own skills;
evaluate with independence of thought the historical processes dealt with even in a comparative and diachronic perspective;
evaluate with independence of thought the ideological positions contained in the ancient sources and in modern historiography;
acquire independent and critical thinking skills in relation to different professional situations.
At the end of the course, students will know:
how to present clearly to specialists and non-specialists both in high-level vulgarization and in scientific communication the knowledge acquired in the discipline field, placing it within its chronological, geographical, political and social context;
how to present clearly and with a critical approach to specialists and non-specialists both in high-level vulgarization and in scientific communication the different types of sources (primary and secondary; ancient and modern; literary and documentary; written and iconographic) required in the study of Roman History, properly identifying and evaluating any ideological positions they may contain;
how to present the acquired scientific knowledge with enough didactic efficiency.
At the end of the course students:
will have the means to undertake by themselves a constant effort to update their knowledge in the discipline's field;
will have the tools to undertake a personal research in the discipline's field, correctly employing its methodologies;
will be able to successfully advance to higher levels of university education (third level).
•Adequate knowledge of Roman History;
•adequate knowledge of Latin language;
•adequate knowledge of the main techniques of historical analysis.
The course (30 hours) will focus on the figure of the emperor Claudius. The following points will be examined:
• source analysis;
• family origins and youth;
• accession to the throne;
• Claudius and the evolution of the imperial power;
• family life and court;
• relations with the Roman people, the Senate and the equestrian order;
• military activity;
• provinces and integration policy;
• administration and legislation;
• justice and trials;
• economy and finance;
• public works;
• religious policy;
• literary and intellectual activity
• death and deification;
• Claudius' reputation.
Historical reconstruction will be carried out through the analysis of the different sources (literary and documentary; written and iconographic) available. The presentation of the main bibliographic and electronic tools required to study Roman History will be considered as well.
Lectures with the use of multimedia. The lectures will take place in accordance with the decisions made by the academic authorities regarding the Covid-19 emergency. If it will be possible to carry out the lectures in classroom and depending on the number of students, in the first part of the course study material will be distributed to individual students or groups that will form the basis for seminar discussions to be held in the final part of the course.
Verification of learning
The final assessment consists of an oral exam.
During the exam, candidates will have to answer to four questions regarding the topics of Roman History discussed during the course and those contained in the bibliography given in the "Testi di riferimento" section (questions may also consist in the reading and commentary of some of the ancient sources included in the program). If it will be possible to perform the seminar discussions signalled in the "Metodi didattici" section, one of the questions will be connected to the in-depth study carried out by the student.
During the exam, candidates will have to prove an appropriate knowledge of the bibliography given in the "Testi di riferimento" section, answering at least to four questions related to it.
The exam score is awarded in marks out of 30. The examination verifies the achievement of the objectives given in the section "Obiettivi formativi".
To pass the exam and achieve a score of not less than 18/30, candidates will have to prove a sufficient knowledge of the topics addressed during the test. To achieve the maximum score of 30/30 cum laude students will have to prove an excellent knowledge of the topics addressed during the test.
In agreement with the level of the course, the assessment will also consider:
• analysis and synthesis abilities;
• fluency and clarity of speech;
• appropriate use of the disciplinary technical terms.
and the student's abilities to:
• present the arguments in a logical and coherent way;
• put them in an appropriate chronological and geographical context;
• establish links between the parts of the program;
• use and read the ancient sources with a critical approach.
1) Notes from the lectures;
2) Texts and sources examined during the lectures;
3) P. Buongiorno, Claudio. Il principe inatteso, Palermo, 21 Editore, 2017 (available in the faculty libraries; also available online in ebook format);
4) M. Pani, La corte dei Cesari: fra Augusto e Nerone, Roma-Bari, Laterza 2003 (available in the faculty libraries; available online in ebook format).
As for non-attending students the bibliography listed above for attending students will be the same in relation to points 3 and 4. To replace point 1 and 2 they must instead contact the professor at least 2 months before the exam.
During the study it will be necessary to use a good historical atlas (non-attending students are invited to contact the professor to get information; please refer to the section "Altre informazioni" to know how to communicate with the professor).
The program concerns the Academic Year 2021/2022.
Attending students are invited to meet the professor at least once before the end of the course. Non-attending students must contact the professor to talk about the program.
Due to the COVID-19 emergency, contact with students will take place via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Skype (in this case appointments must be arranged by email) until different decisions are taken by the academic authorities. After the end of the emergency the professor will meet the students in his office (nr. 92, 3rd floor of the central building in the Facoltà di Studi umanistici, via Is Mirrionis 1, Cagliari). From that moment onwards, the timetable will be published on the professor's website:
Students are invited to refer to the website and especially to its announcements section (https://www.unica.it/unica/it/ateneo_s07_ss01_sss06.page?contentId=SHD30363) for any changes in the schedule or further information.
Due to the COVID-19 emergency, exams sessions will take place online until different decisions are taken by the academic authorities.
Erasmus students should contact the professor for any explanations about the program.
Students with disabilities and certified SLD may contact the S.I.A. Servizi per l'Inclusione e l'Apprendimento Ufficio Disabilità e D.S.A. (https://www.unica.it/unica/it/ateneo_s01_ss02_sss06_02.page) which, as required by the Law n. 17/99 and adequately to project lines and available resources, on request, allows the realization of interventions as personalized as possible and suitable to the student's specific needs. Therefore, to meet specific needs and customize study and verification methods, the professor invites students with disabilities and certified SLD to contact this service, which will issue a specific certification.