00996 - Greek History (M-Z)

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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 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will be broadly familiar with the development of Greek history, using the basic interpretive categories towards critical analysis of issues pertaining to the Greek world and working from historical and documentary sources read in the original and in translation. Students will have a good knowledge of the main themes, events and phenomena of Greek history in a broader context. They will possess precise spatio-temporal coordinates and know the main tools of information, research and updating. They will read works by historians in at least one language other than Italian and be able to speak in the appropriate technical terminology.

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. After the Peloponniesian War: new political perspectives in the Eastern Mediterranean 404-360 BC.

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; M. Bettalli (a cura di), Introduzione alla storiografia greca, Carocci, Roma 2009 (seconda edizione e successive ristampe)

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