Academic year
2017/2018 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FM0342 (AF:252231 AR:150396)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
1st Semester
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Knowing Greek and Latin Roman historiography, its development, its main features and genres, taking into special account the interaction between historiographical products and historical dynamics; acquiring a proper methodology as well as the instruments of historical research, with special reference to the reception, elaboration, codification and transmission of a historical memory; acquiring a proper disciplinary terminology.
Students should already have attended some BA level Roman history and Latin literature courses. Foreign students are invited to contact the course tutor beforehand.

Classes will be conducted as seminars, so that all students will have the opportunity to participate in class presentations. An individual research will be assigned to each participant within a broader topic entitled: "True and false: the deformed memory in Velleius Paterculus'Historiae".
The MA courses of Roman History, Latin Epigraphy and Roman Historiography are organised jointly by their three instructors (Giovannella Cresci, Lorenzo Calvelli and Francesca Rohr, respectively). This year they will all focus on the subjects of fakes and forgeries. Their goal is to investigate where, why and how forgeries were created in Roman political struggle, epigraphic production and historiographical memory. Students will be invited to examine how facts and events were manipulated both when they took place and in later reconstructions.
Programme for students attending the course:
- class notes;
- course booklet (the tutor will provide students with a series of texts on the tutor’s page (‘materiali I.S.A.’) in the University website that will help them studying for the exam);
- M.MANCA-F.ROHR VIO, Introduzione alla storiografia romana, Roma, Carocci, 2010 (rist. 2016) or G. ZECCHINI, Storia della storiografia romana, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2016.

Each student will be assigned a specific research topic. All topics will be related to the general theme of the course.

Students who cannot attend classes must contact the course tutor beforehand.
Each student is evaluated according to two categories of examination: the individual oral exposition of a research theme related to the subject of the course; an oral exam on the topics developed during the course and in the textbook. Each category of examination is judged according to a scale of thirty points, and the final mark is the result of the average of the points earned for each examination.The exam’s aim is to ensure the acquisition of the conceptual foundations and scientific terminology of the discipline, together with the methodology of historiographical research.
Class attendance is highly recommended.
Students who attend this course will be entitled to take part to the seminar activities, stages and training courses organised by the Classics faculty during the two terms (the calendar of activities will be provided in class and on the Ca' Foscari website).
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book
Last update of the programme: 12/03/2017