Course teached as: B027595 - STORIA DELLA TARDA ANTICHITA'- EPIGRAFIA E STORIA ROMANA Second Cycle Degree in ANCIENT PHILOLOGY, LITERATURES AND HISTORY Curriculum STORICO
The course is divided into two parts, functional to the students' curricula. G.A. Cecconi will teach for the I: LATE ANTIQUITY. READING OF JULIAN THE EMPEROR'S "CAESARS". After an in-depth general historiographical and institutional introduction on the late antique age, which will guarantee students a good conceptual basis, the analysis on the "Caesars" will be held. Part II (EPIGRAPHY AND ROMAN HISTORY), reserved to the students of the historical curriculum, will be held by C. Slavich.
For the first part (History of Late Antiquity), the following readings are required:
- L. De Salvo - C. Neri (edited by), "Storia di Roma. Tarda antichità (III-VI century AD)", 2 volumes, Ed. Jouvence, Rome 2010.
Of these two volumes, in small format, the student SHOULD NOT READ, as thematically too specific, the contributions of the two following authors:
M. Monaca and C. Neri.
- A. Marcone, Giuliano, Salerno editrice, Rome 2019 [or, alternatively, the miscellany edited by A. Marcone, L'imperatore Giuliano. Realtà storica e rappresentazione, Mondadori, Milan 2015).
The very recent release of A Companion to Julian the Apostate, Brill, Leiden 2020, edited by H.-U. Wiemer & St. Rebenich, also offers a possible option as an exam reading (after consultation with the teacher and selection of the essays to study, obviously in English).
Useful (optional) insights will be reported to the students with additional articles and bibliography that the teacher will, where possible, upload on the emoodle platform during the period of study.
For the text of Giuliano's "Caesars", the edition to which reference will be made in class and which students will have to get is that of R. Sardiello, Giuliano imperatore, Symposio-I Cesari, Mario Congedo editore, Galatina-Lecce 2000. It is also suggested to compare the latter with the publications of the work in the editions Loeb Classical Library (ed.W.C. Wright, LCL 29, Cambridge/MA 1913) or Les Belles Lettres (éd. Chr .Lacombrade, Discours de Julien empereur, X-XII Paris 2003), with translations in English and French respectively.
PART II (Epigraphy and Roman history): A. Buonopane, Manuale di epigrafia latina, ed. Carocci, Roma 2009 (students are strongly advised to have it at hand during class). Further readings will be uploaded on the Moodle platform.
With reference to content and method, the educational objectives and the more strictly scientific and didactic part of the declaratory of the course of studies in Philology, Literature and History of Antiquity, the lessons will provide the course participants with the following information: - the ability to orient themselves on the main problems related to the very notion of late antiquity and concerned debate; a general knowledge of the social and political-institutional context of late antiquity and also of the figure of Julian and his "Caesars"; - to develop autonomy of judgement within the historical and historiographical problems, and also methodological skill to understand, contextualize and evaluate the sources and historiographical passages examined in class.
See what has been indicated by teacher C. Slavich.
The course is primarily intended for students of philology, literature and history of antiquity. For the I PART, it requires a good basic knowledge of Roman history, and in particular of the history of the Roman Empire from Augustus to the barbarian migrations of the fifth century. It should be useful that students attending the course refresh such previous knowledge.
For the first part, the teacher intends to develop in the students, consistently with the specific training objectives, critical skills in the analysis of sources, mastery of the main lines of historiographical debate, knowledge of relevant aspects of late antiquity. To this goal, the lessons, within the limits allowed by the evolution of Covid 19, will take place with the help of both information technology and power point, as well as handouts or document files. A part of the materials will be made usable by drawing on the emoodle platform. The lessons, while maintaining the nature of frontal lessons, will encourage discussion and will also have a seminar character.
PART II (C. Slavich): translation in progress, hang on...
Regular and active participation in the lessons is strongly recommended, whether in attendance or at a distance. Students are strongly encouraged to ask the teacher any questions they may have in order to establish a fruitful dialogue, resolve doubts and uncertainties and satisfy their curiosity.
PART II: up to four hours of practice sessions will be scheduled each week throughout the duration of the course. Participation is voluntary.
Type of Assessment
The final exam consists of an oral test (without the help of notes or books, of course).
The teacher, or other member of the examination committee, will urge candidates to set up an exposition on a historical question or a set of interconnected data in order to ascertain whether and how, qualitatively corresponding to the progress of their studies (second level of the training course), they have acquired the ability to understand and use knowledge, and whether and how they demonstrate communication and lexical skills in the discussion of problems, historiographic methods, events and processes of late antiquity history, with regard to the topics explained and the documents examined during the course and following the planned reference readings. Particular attention will be paid to the student's ability to contextualize on a spatio-temporal level and to critically analyze the general aspects, or more specific aspects dealt with during the course. Should the class agree that a part of the hourly monte-ore is dedicated to the presentation of specific written or oral reports on topics related to the main topics dealt with, the students who will engage in this exercise will have a lower load of reference readings.
The following pattern of conducting the examination has been prepared, with the agreement of Prof. Cecconi, by Dr. Carlo Slavich, de facto holder of the Epigraphy and Roman History module: [translation in progress, hang on...]
PART I- HISTORY OF LATE ANTIQUITY (THE "CAESARS" OF JULIAN EMPEROR)
Preliminary considerations on the historiographical notion of late antiquity. Its genesis and development. Succinct review of the major institutional, social and evenemential lines, from the 4th to the 6th century, in the West and East. After these lessons useful to provide the conceptual framework and the general historical grid, the in-depth studies will focus on the reading in greek with translation and commentary of the ???????? written by the Emperor Julian, on whose figure we will also dwell extensively. Historiographical contributions will be read and discussed.
II PART EPIGRAPHY AND ROMAN HISTORY: [translation in progress, hang on...]