27462 - History of Emilia Romagna in Ancient Times (1)

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Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

At the end of the Course  the student will know the ancient history  of Emilia-Romagna region by means of a  direct  inspection  of various kinds of sources (literary, epigraphic, archaeological and documentary). Furthermore he will also posses a research methodology allowing him to inspect various topics concerning the Antquity and its institutions, society as well as culture.

Course contents

The course is divided into seven parts:

- an introduction to  discipline history,  to general and local history concepts, and to historical research metodology (two lectures);

-reading of excerpts from  greek and latin authors; analysis of other kinds of sources aiming to define a geographical outline of the Augustus' 8th region (three lectures);

-delineation of historical facts and social and cultural frames characterizing the region before the roman conquest, in particular, those of Bronze and Iron age cultures (four lectures).

-General outlines of the Augustus' VIII region, starting from the roman conquest of the Po plain; differences between the first and the second phase of the conquest (two lectures).

-Various aspects analysis of the romanisation in the Cispadana region (social, economics, religious, institutional etc.) based on different data typologie (two lectures)..

-Methodology examples about the documentation analysis to attain a final conclusion of general historical value (one lecture).

The final lessons will  analyze  the most recent archaeological discoveries concerning the ancientEmilia Romagna (one lecture).

Lessons will take place on monday, tuesday and wednesday from 9 to 11 am, in the Aula Marco Celio, via Zamboni 38.


*Lessons notes.
* Six Papers to be chosen among the below listed:
a) Mutina splendidissima: La città romana e la sua eredità, a cura di L. Malnati, S. Pellegrini, F. Piccinini, C. Stefani, De Luca Editore d'Arte, Roma 2017;
b) Villa, vicus via. Archeologia e storia a San Pietro in Casale, a cura di T. Trocchi e R. Raimondi, Quaderni di Archeologia dell'Emilia Romagna, 35, Firenze 2016;
c) Alle soglie della romanizzazione: storia e archeologia di Forum Gallorum, 2017.
d) Storia di Bologna. Bologna nell'antichità, a cura di G.Sassatelli e A.Donati, Bologna 2005.

Students not attending lessons, must contact the professor (daniela.rigato@unibo.it). Furthermore they must also read  the following text:
Selected Papers  from Aemilia. La cultura romana in Emilia Romagna dal 3° secolo a.C. all'età costantiniana (a cura di M. Marini Calvani), Venezia, Marsilio, 2000:
pp. XVII-103; pp. 320-342;  three papers in the same volume concerning three cities.

-reading of a number of selected chapters from 2 voll. Regio VIII, (a cura di ) F. Lenzi, Bologna 2006;
-reading of Storia dell'Emilia Romagna,1, (a cura di ) M. Montanari, M. Ridolfi, R. Zangheri, Laterza, Bari 1999.

For the consultation of all volumes they have to be requested to the personnel at the entrance of the Section of Ancient History, via Zamboni 38, IV floor.

Teaching methods

Frontal lecture in classroom.  Organized visit to the Museo Civico Archeologico of Bologna.

Personal visits to the Antiquarium of Marzabotto, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Ferrara, Musei Civici di Modena and Museo della Città di Rimini are suggested to all students.

Assessment methods

The final examination will be oral.
The assessment will concentrate particularly on the skill displayed by the student in handling the sources and material in the exam bibliography and his ability to find and use information and examples to illustrate and correlate the various themes and problems addressed in the course.

The assessment will thus examine the student's:

- factual knowledge of the subject;
- ability to summarise and analyse themes and concepts;
- familiarity with the terminology associated with the subject and his ability to use it effectively.

Top marks will be awarded to a student displaying an overall understanding of the topics discussed during the lectures, combined with a critical approach to the material and a confident and effective use of the appropriate terminology.
Average marks will be awarded to a student who has memorized the main points of the material and is able to summarise them satisfactorily and provide an effective critical commentary, while failing to display a complete command of the appropriate terminology.
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.

The student will have to answer three questions concerning:
-the various kinds of sources available for reconstructing the ancient history of a given geographical area and the correct methodology of evidence;
-the political and economcal history of the Emilia Romagna;
- the main historical frame concerning some latin and roman colonies (in particular, Ariminum, Bononia, Mutina, Parma).

- the recent archaeological discoveries and their contribution to the previous knowledges.

Teaching tools

Handouts with the texts of literary sources and maps; Power Point slides for the different topics.

Office hours

See the website of Daniela Rigato