1. A. GIARDINA - A. VAUCHEZ, Il mito di Roma da Carlo Magno a Mussolini, Roma-Bari, Laterza 2008 (rist).
2. H. LEPPIN, L'eredità del mondo antico, Bologna, Il Mulino 2012, or as an alternative: S. RODA, Il modello della repubblica imperiale romana fra mondo antico e mondo moderno, Parma, Monduzzi, 2011.
3. Selected passages from classical sources and works of the Modern Age (15th-20th century) will be available during the lessons.
4. Additional bibliography will be recommended at the beginning of the course.
The purpose of the course is to provide the students with a knowledge of themes and aspects of ancient Roman Cultural History, Civilization, and Institutions through a focus on their reception and interpretation during Modern Age, as well as to increase their ability to interpret the sources, documents, and modern studies regarding the topic selected and to to increase students' attitudes towards comparative historical analysis.
Course with no prerequisites - However students are expected to have basic knowledge of Roman history and aptitude for Comparative historical analysis.
Formal lessons on the topic of the course - Comparative analysis of classical sources and works of modern culture related to the themes of the lessons.
Course title: "The memory of the Roman Empire in Modern Age - CONDITIONS OF REGISTRATION AND ATTENDANCE: Classes are mandatory (2/3 at least) and monitored closely - Students are required to register during the first 2 weeks of classes.
Type of Assessment
Final oral examination through questions and discussion about themes presented during the classes, aiming to test students' familiarity with the basic concepts of the topic as well as their ability to interpret sources, to evaluate and criticize received opinion, to identify and paraphrase key ideas, to compare different views, to articulate and develop their understanding of the subject matter, to present topics through an appropriate vocabulary and clear and effective arguments.
"The memory of the Roman Empire in Modern Age" - The aim of the course is to investigate the representation of the Roman Empire starting from the Early Modern Age, with special reference to the reception of some political structures as well as to the interpretation of the role played in special periods by key-figures and by cultural changes, through the comparative analysis of classical and antiquarian texts, and the reading of works by historians and thinkers of the Modern Age (such as for example Leonardo Bruni, Biondo Flavio, Machiavelli, Scipione Ammirato, Montesquieu, Voltaire).