14437 - History of Women in the Classical World (1)

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Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student knows the characteristics of the history of the female condition in the classical world. It is able to read, comment and contextualize specific sources with direct knowledge of a group of original sources also collected for their didactic value. He is able to orient himself in the various elaborations of thought in the field of gender studies and apply it to the study of the classical world. He can hear, understand and communicate with different perspectives and find relationships with other disciplines. It can communicate it in oral and written form using the specific terminology and in accordance with the scientific statute.

Course contents

The course will be dedicated to the comparison with current themes of the history of women, such as: participation in political and social life, inclusion and exclusion, the role of women in the family, education, violence against women. Group work and group readings are planned in class to discuss together.In the course we will investigate the history of women as a fundamental aspect of Roman history, with the awareness of the specificities of the female condition in each period and of the transformations carried out over the period under consideration. Problems related to ancient references do not, however, include the necessity of knowledge of Greek and Latin, although knowledge, even basic, is advised.

First week:Gender History; Work, culture. Religion, marriage. Study of the female condition from the Republic to the Early imperial period

Second week:
Third week: the space (public) of women in Roman imperial courts. History of women and Stereotypes compared: The need to identify "interpretative categories", "structures", "models" through the analysis of historical and historiographical sources. 

Fourth week: inclusion and exclusion (women/job)

Fifht week: the violence on women

First lesson: 02/03/2020



For students attending class:

F. Cenerini, La donna romana, II edizione, Il Mulino, Bologna 2013;

Notes and slides from lessons. Additional materials will be downloadable from the online page.


F. Cenerini, La donna romana, II edizione, Il Mulino, Bologna 2013

three chapters/essays from the following book

F.Cenerini- F. Rohr, MAtronae in domo et in re publicae agentes, Trieste 2016, scaricabili dal sito


three essays (articles) among those listed and available in pdf in the teaching materials online

Non-attendants: Please contact the teacher by e-mail.

Teaching methods

Lectures will be held in the oral form by the teacher.
Student participation is required when reflecting on documents.

Assessment methods

Oral exam. The examination consists of an assessment of the knowledge acquired during the course through the comments of a few texts chosen from all those in the program and educational materials and the verification of the ability to concisely and critically expose the topics addressed at the base of the contents of exam bibliography and provided educational materials.

No translation from the original text is required, but a basic knowledge of Latin is recommended.
The interview will have to emerge a solid basic knowledge of the discipline.

The assessment will therefore be based on:
- Ability to comment on the text, which is the ability to identify, date and contextualize the step or steps of ancient authors;
- Mastery of content;
- Synthesis and analysis of issues and problems;
- Ability to express themselves adequately and with language appropriate to the subject matter.

The achievement by the student the ability to comment comprehensively the steps and to express an organic vision of the topics discussed in class with a good mastery of expression and specific language will be evaluated with marks of excellence. A mnemonic knowledge of matter, together with capacity of synthesis and analysis articulated in a proper language, but not always appropriate, lead to discrete evaluations. training gaps and / or inappropriate language - albeit in a context of minimal knowledge of exam material - will lead to votes that will not exceed sufficiency. training gaps, inappropriate language, lack of orientation within the bibliographic materials offered during the course will be evaluated negatively.

Teaching tools

Slides, photocopies and more will be shown in lesson. Therefore, non-attending students are invited to contact the teacher

Office hours

See the website of Beatrice Girotti