29685 - Greek Historiography (1) (LM)

Academic Year 2023/2024

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will have specific scientific research training in the field of Greek historiography of the Classical and Hellenistic age. They will know the essential features of ancient historiography and, in particular, those of the Greek one over the Classical and Hellenistic age. They will know and will be able to use research methods and tools. They will be able to have oral presentations by using proper registers and techniques; they will be able to critically evaluate different cultures. They will be able to update their knowledge through the tools developed by the scientific community.

Course contents


Historiography and Theatre in the Classical Age: Part II

 The subject matter of this year's course takes up the theme developed in the previous year and develops it in a diachronic line. In fact, the relationships between the events, their representation in 5th century historiography and their 'transposition' in some of Sophocles' and Euripides' tragedies, as well as in Aristophanes' comedies (a final appendix will be dedicated to the latter), will be analysed: on the stage takes shape "l'eco della politica (e della storia)" (Quoted by Anna Beltrametti; italics mine).

The first part of the course  will be devoted to the presentation of Greek historians of the Classical and Hellenistic periods, through the reading of notable passages from their works. In the second part, specific topics related to the indicated monographic theme will be analysed.


Attending students will study

- M. Bettalli (ed.), Introduzione alla storiografia greca, Carocci, Roma 2009 (second edition): only the parts indicated by the teacher in class

- A. Beltrametti, Pensare, raccontare e rappresentare la violenza. Anche questo abbiamo imparato dai Greci?, "Quaderni di Storia" 60, 2004, pp. 5-45.

- M.E. De Luna, La comunicazione linguistica fra alloglotti, ETS, Pisa 2003, pp. 61-107.

- D. Musti, Demokratía. Origini di un'idea, Bari 1997 (I ediz. riv.), pp. 19-53.


Other papers will be mentioned and commented on by the teacher during the course.


The volumes from which these contributions are taken will be available for consultation in the library of the Ancient History section of the Department or online.

Sources will be provided by the teacher with translation; nevertheless knowledge of Greek is strongly recommended.

Students who are not going to attend the classes will follow this program:

In addition to the readings mentioned above:

- Greek translation of the entire Book II of Thucydides, (eds. P. Rosa - R. Tosi, Santarcangelo di Romagna 2016)

- Greek translation of Aeschylus, The Suppliants (it is possible to use one of the commercially available editions)

- M.E. De Luna, La comunicazione linguistica fra alloglotti, Pisa 2003 (entirely)

ps The reading of  D. Musti, Demokratía. Origini di un'idea, Bari 1997 (I ediz. riv.) will be complete

Teaching methods

The course is mainly taught through lectures, with discussions on the sources and the teaching material.

Assessment methods

Students who attend at least 75% of the lessons are considered to be attending.

The final exam is oral and develops through the knowledge assessment of the handbook firstly, and of the monograph secondly – the latter through questions about both the lectures topics and the textbooks. Also, the Greek original texts knowledge will be examined

If the student achieves a complete and detailed vision of the topics discussed in class and required for the discipline, provides an effective critical commentary, shows mastery of expression and of the specific language, he obtains excellence in the evaluation (28-30L).

Those students who demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the main topics of the subject, basic analytical ability and ability to synthesize, and a correct command of the language, will be given a good mark (25-27).

Those students who demonstrate a mnemonic (and/or non-exhaustive) knowledge of the subject with a more superficial analytical ability and ability to synthesize, a correct command of the language but not always appropriate, will be given a satisfactory mark (22-24).

A superficial knowledge and understanding of the material, a scarce analytical and expressive ability that is not always appropriate will be rewarded with a ‘pass’ mark (18-21).

A student will be deemed to have failed the exam if he displays significant errors in his understanding and failure to grasp the overall outlines of the subject, together with a poor command of the appropriate terminology (< 18).

Teaching tools

PDF documents and research material from specialised websites will be provided

Office hours

See the website of Maria Elena De Luna


Quality education Reduced inequalities

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.