1. - E. MEYER-ZWIFFELHOFFER, Storia delle province romane, Bologna, Il Mulino 2011 + K. CHRIST, Breve storia dell'impero romano, Bologna, Il Mulino 2003; or as an alternative: M. SCHOTT, Mondi antichi. Una storia epica d'Occidente e d'Oriente, Torino, Bollati Boringhieri 2017.
2. - A. S. LEWIN, Le guerre ebraiche dei Romani, Bologna, Il Mulino 2015, or as an alternative: J.-N. ROBERT, Da Roma alla Cina. Sulle Vie della Seta al tempo della Roma imperiale (trad. it. di L. Zagabria), LEG, Gorizia 2016; or as an alternative: K. HOPPÁL, The Roman Empire according to the ancient chinese sources, in 'Acta Ant. Hung'. 51, 2011, 263–305 + E. MICHELAZZI, ‘Roma e il misterioso popolo della seta', Bologna, Pàtron, 2018 (or + a paper from W. SCHEIDEL (ed.), State power in ancient China and Rome, Oxford, Oxford University Press 2015);
3. - An anthology of selected passages from classical sources, etc. will be available during the lessons.
4. - Additional bibliography will be recommended at the beginning of the course, with specific focus on various areas of the Roman Empire.
The purpose of the course is to provide the students with a deeper knowledge of intercultural, interreligious, interethnic aspects and themes of Roman Imperial history (from the 8th century BCE to the 5th century CE) and the ability to examine them from a diachronic and comparative perspective.
Course with no prerequisites. It is especially addressed to students interested in intercultural topics.
Formal lessons on the topic of the course - Analysis of classical texts presented during the classes in original language and with a translation provided. - Discussion of specialized bibliography.
TITLE of the Course 'Construction and Representations of the Roman Empire: political, religious, ethnographic and cultural aspects". -CONDITIONS of REGISTRATION and ATTENDANCE: Students are required to register during the first 2 weeks of classes - Classes are mandatory (2/3 at least) and monitored closely.
Type of Assessment
Final oral examination through questions and discussion about themes presented during the classes, aiming to test students' familiarity with key concepts as well as their ability to interpret sources, to conceptualize, to evaluate and criticize received opinion, to present them through an appropriate vocabulary and clear and effective arguments.
'Construction and Representations of the Roman Empire: political, religious, ethnographic and cultural aspects". The aim of the course is to focus on some aspects of Roman imperial history, with special reference to themes such as the intercultural relationships between eastern and western parts of the Empire, ethnographic features of different regions, military organization, through the analysis of classical sources and the reading of critical bibliography on the topics.