00996 - Greek History

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

Quality education

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students know the general development of Greek history, have a knowledge of the different sources used for the historical reconstruction and get the main informations on events, historical phenomena and modern historiography on the topics dealt at classes. Students become familiar with the Greek chronology and read ancient authors in translation, either Italian or in other modern language. They become also used to the technical terminology of the discipline.

Course contents

1. Introduction to Greek History: history, sources, methods, tools (readings of ancient texts on historical method and on archaic and classic period).

2.The last book of Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War.


Students who will not attend the lessons have to know the texts commented in the part on "Historical research" (Hecataeus, Herodotus, Thucidides, Polybius) and read and comment 2 among the following texts:

Ps.Aristotle, The Athenian Constitution


Arrianus, Indiké

or a life of Plutarchus among:

Solon, Themistocles, Cimon, Lisander, Dio, Alexander, Demetrius, Agis & Cleomenes, Aratus.



A list of all the texts commented during the course will be provided through www.iol.unibo.it. 

All students have to prepare the following handbooks and readings:

Both D. Musti, Storia Greca. Linee di sviluppo dal'età micenea all'età romana, Laterza, Roma-Bari 1989; K. Meister, La storiografia greca, Laterza, Roma-Bari 1992.

One among:

P. Carlier, Omero e la storia, Carocci editore, Firenze 2014.

L'età ellenistica. Società, politica, cultura, a cura di M. Mari, Carocci editore, Roma 2019. 

D. Musti, Demokratìa. Origini di un'idea, Laterza, Roma-bari 1995.

Teaching methods

Students are invited to discuss and to take part in the lessons, though due to the high number of attendants it is not always easy. 

The teacher is always open to discuss and answer to the questions also during the office hours.

Assessment methods

The exam is oral. All students will be asked at least 5 questions (one on each period period of Greek history, that is Archaic, Classic, Hellenistic political history, and 2 on the texts read and commented during the course).

Exam is passed if pupils answer correctly and in a proper way or at least sufficiently, to all questions. Outstanding knowledge of both the handbook and the texts is evaluated at the maximum; good knowledge and ability in the analysis, but more mnemonic, can earn a good evaluation; a knowledge with some mistakes and misundertandings in both the general knowledge and the texts are sufficient to pass, serious lacunae in the knowledge of the handbook and no skills in theinterpretations of the texts do not allow to pass.

There are at least 7 possibilities per year to give the exam; the dates are published twice, normally in November for the first 5, and March-April for the last 2. All students must be listed on Almaesami and no students are allowed to give exams out of the public lists.

All students must be present at the call of the examination, normally at 9.30 of the examination day.

Please check in advance if your administrative position is regular, otherwise you will not be admitted to the exam.

Teaching tools

All texts commented during the course will be available on the

AMS Campus unibo, and all texts will be shown in the critical edition and, when possible, on a digital image.

Office hours

See the website of Lucia Criscuolo