28277 - Archaic and Classical Greek History (1) (LM)

Course Unit Page

  • Teacher Riccardo Vattuone

  • Credits 6

  • SSD L-ANT/02

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Course Timetable from Sep 24, 2018 to Nov 09, 2018

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module the student has appropriate training to scientific research in the field of Greek history. He knows the essential lines of Greek history, from its origins to the 4th century BC.He knows how to use the methods and tools of historical research and he can perform a specific search in the field.

Course contents

1. Tools, sources, directories, for the study of archaic and classical Greek history.

2. The Causes of the Peloponnesian War.

3. Greek history between the 8th and 4th century B.C. Methods and problems of interpretation.


The courses will start Monday, September 24, 2018, h.11, Aula Celio, via Zamboni 38.

Class schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 11-13 h., Aula Celio, via Zamboni 38.

-Students who will not able to follow the course will contact the teacher for an alternative program: points 1 and 3 remain unchanged, but about point 2 (sources, text ) slides and translations will be provided at the end of the classes.


1. R.Vattuone, Historíe. Lezioni introduttive al corso di Storia greca, Bologna, Pàtron 2006; R.Vattuone, Le fonti letterarie, in G.Poma (a cura di ), Le fonti per la storia antica, Bologna, Il Mulino 2008, 115-139.

2. The sources that will be used for the course will be given to the students later. R.Vattuone, Pericle, Il Mulino, Bologna 2017.

3. General study of Greek History (students) will be held on: I Greci. Storia, Cultura, Arte, Società. 2.Una storia greca. I. Formazione, a cura di S. Settis, Einaudi, Torino 1996, si legga : O. Murray, La Grecia degli "eroi": mito, storia, archeologia, pp.173-188; A.M. Snodgrass, I caratteri dell'età oscura nell'area egea, pp.191-226; R. Di Donato, Omero: forme della narrazione e forme della realtà. Lo scudo di Achille, pp.227-253. J.K.Davies, La Grecia classica, Il Mulino, Bologna 1983; or : S.Hornblower, La Grecia classica. Dalle guerre persiane ad Alessandro Magno, Rizzoli, Milano 1997.

It is recalled that an handbook knowledge of Greek archaic and classical history (XII sec.-323 B.C.) must already be gained and possibly familiar to students enrolled in the course. It should also be remembered that the program includes the reading and interpretation of historical sources in the original language, and therefore the knowledge of Greek and Latin (ability to translate any text with the help of vocabulary) is introductory.


Teaching methods

Lectures. Seminar discussions. Preparation of individual parts of the course by students.

Assessment methods

The student can choose to perform the final examination in two different ways:

1. Development of an ' essay ' on the subject of the course or on a topic closely related to it.
2. Traditional Exam: study of teaching material and texts read during the course, with translation and commentary.

Knowledge of Greek and Latin is highly recommended.

Attendance is strongly recommended.

The grade assigned to the essay will be based on the level of critical analysis based on relevant bibliography, clarity in structuring the paper, language proficiency, and on the student's ability to discuss his/her arguments during the exam.

In the oral exam questions will be aimed at testing the student's ability in exposing with an appropriate language issues rising from the teaching material, as well as his/her skills in making connections between different texts in order to build an argument.

Proper language and the ability to critically speak about the original texts and books' content will lead to a good/excellent final grade

Acceptable language and the ability to resume the books' content and class discussion on the original sources will lead to a sufficient/fair grade.

Insufficient linguistic proficiency and fragmentary knowledge of the books' content and class discussion on the original sources will lead to a failure in passing the exam.

Teaching tools

Bibliographic repertories and computer Guide for the study of the discipline. Video projection of documents and texts.Photocopy of teaching materials.

Students will be given, released on AMS Campus, the tabs used in Power Point for conducting lessons.

Office hours

See the website of Riccardo Vattuone