27179 - Medieval Antiquities and Institutions (1)

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

Sustainable cities Peace, justice and strong institutions

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

The course focuses on the development of art of falconry (UNESCO Intangible Heritage) during the Middle Ages, and especially through the important treaty of Frederick II. As well as being an important exercise for the aristocratic elite hunting, hunting with raptors is a representation and an exercise of art of government, and has close connections with wisdom growth. The course will also deepen the evolution of these issues that arise with strong similarities across different civilizations and different periods, between East and West.

Course contents

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At the end of the course, students acquire the tools to critically analyze sources and texts related to the sudy of medieval society. The students know and are able to frame in the historiographical debate a specific case study. Students will be able to discuss it using the specific terminology of the discipline, and through autonomous analysis of iconographic documents and passages of historical authors, through verification of translations on the original. Students will demonstrate the ability to approach texts and data critically.


The course focuses on the historiographic theme of Italian communi, in particular from a political and institutional perspective.

The evolution of the historiographical question will be summarized. It will then be investigated the institutional phases and the general political issues, with exemplifications taken from the events of the main Italian communi.



Past knowledge: For those who did not support the course of medieval history, it is recommended to read a handbook, at least the section about the Late Middle Ages: eg., A. Zorzi, Manuale di storia medievale, Torino 2016, pp. 273-368.


ATTENDING STUDENTS (those who attend AT LEAST 12 lessons):

In addition to the notes and material used during the lessons, attending students will prepare the exam on: 

1. G. Milani, I comuni italiani, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2005. 


1. G. Milani, I comuni italiani, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2005.

2. P. Grillo, La falsa inimicizia. Guelfi e ghibellini nell'Italia del Duecento, Salerno Editrice, Roma, 2018.

Teaching methods

Frontal lectures: presentation of the themes and deepening into specific aspects, contextualized in the late medieval period. During the class, some sources, provided in Italian translation, will be used and commented. One lesson at least will take place through the visit to the main medieval communal places in Bologna.

Assessment methods

The exam is oral. The assessment will be done through a few questions designed to ascertain the knowledge gained in the lessons and topics contained in the books in the program; the property of language and exposure; the ability to make links between the various topics.

The achievement of a comprehensive and critical knowledge of the studied themes and an articulated exhibition capacity will be assessed with a rating of excellence.

Knowledge only mnemonic of topics, with synthesis and exposure in a proper language will be evaluated with discrete votes.

Gaps in knowledge and an elementary language during exposure will be evaluated with just enough votes.

Gaps in knowledge, inappropriate language and lack of orientation within the materials indicated in the program will be evaluated negatively.

Teaching tools

The teaching tools used during the lessons will also be available on IOL.

Office hours

See the website of Tommaso Duranti