A study of a manual of Greek history is required: Bearzot, Manuale di storia greca, Il Mulino, Bologna 2005, or A. Magnelli, Guida alla storia greca, Carocci Roma 2005.
The lessons will provide students with the knowledge and understanding of the history of ancient Greek institutions through the study of the ancient political thought. In particular, students will develop autonomous and critical approach to ancient tradition and modern historiography.The study of the ancient tradition,in translation, is aimed at acquiring an historical method, indispensable for a critical approach to the ancient world. Students will be invited to participate as actively as possible in the lessons to develop an indipendent thought, communicative ability in the exposition of problems and a debating ability.
During the lessons Greek and Latin texts will be read and explained greek and latin texts: a good school education will facilitate the ability to learn the historical topics covered during the course.
Frontal lessons: the teacher will introduce different themes reading and discussing ancient sources and historiographical issues related to the interpretation of main historical problems. In coherence with the training objectives, the teacher will select issues of particular historical importance in order to solicit students' interest and increase their critical abilities. Lessons will be held with the help of computer technologies and powerpoint presentations, as well as distribution of handhouts and document files.
Regular and active attendance in the lessons is recommended in order to establish a profitable dialogue and resolve any doubts and uncertainties. Students are invited to meet the teacher at schueduled time (v. site) for any problem related to the course.
Type of Assessment
The final exam will consist of a conversation with the teacher to ascertain the acquisition of knowledge and skills through an oral discussion on texts analyzed during the lessons. Through the study of recommended texts and related to different themes dealt, the student will demonstrate to have acquired the skills required for an universitary level of knowledge of Greek history. In particular, will be evaluated student's ability to contextualize and to analyze critically, through the ancient sources and the modern bibliography, some main events of the ancient Greek history.
Essential features of the history of the Athenian constitution with reference to Aristotle, Athenian Constitution (1-41) and to Ps.Xenophon, Athenian Constitution. Selected passages from the comedies of Aristophnaes, from the tragedies of Aeschylus and Euripides. Selected texts from Plutarch, Solons', Themistocles, Pericles and Lycurgus'Life.
Integrative reading: a text chosen among D. Musti, Demokratia.Origini di un'idea, Bari-Roma 1995; L. Canfora, Il mondo di Atene, Bari-Roma 2011; L. Canfora, La crisi dell'utopia, Bari-Roma 2014; E. Poddighe, Aristotele, Atene e le metamorfosi dell'idea di democrazia, Roma 2014.