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2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
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FT0060 (AF:331933 AR:186152)
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Bachelor's Degree Programme
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This lecture course is part of the Bachelor's Degree Programme in History (corso di laurea in Storia), curriculum 'Storico mediterraneo antico e medievale'. A basic course for first level students: it allows students to acquire the basic notions concerning the historical development of the Greek alphabetical writing in the light of Mediterranean writing systems and in the context of Greek society (VIII century BC-imperial age); critical analysis of different types of epigraphic sources (with focus on documents of the Hellenistic period); general bibliographical and IT tools and basic criteria of epigraphic philology.

By attending this course students will be able to:
- KNOW the historical evolution of Greek alphabetic writing, from the VIII Century BC to the imperial age, in the light of Mediterranean writing systems;
- UNDERSTAND the functionality of Greek writing in the context of Greek society (with focus on local features);
- KNOW the different typologies of epigraphic sources (with focus on royal hellenistic correspondance and the relations of the hellenistic kings with the Greek poleis);
- IDENTIFY and USE from a methodological point of view the main issues of Greek epigraphic philology ('genetic lemma');
- IDENTIFY and USE the main bibliographical and digital tools pertaining to the field of Greek Epigraphy.
- adequate knowledge of ancient Greek (through high school diploma or university exams)
- knowledge of Italian

Students may wish to attend the lectures of Greek History and History of Ancient Greek Language (although this is not a compulsory prerequisite).
The development of the Greek alphabet from its birth from the Phoenician alphabet to the Hellenistic-Roman age with an introduction to the main archaic alphabets; numeral systems, epigraphic paleography. The historical importance of inscriptions will be examined, with particular emphasis on political institutions and on the procedures of recording and distributing documents. Examples of private and public inscriptions will illustrate methods of studying and publishing epigraphic texts according to scientific standards.
Lecture notes and analysis of epigraphic texts from: C. Antonetti - S. De Vido (a cura di), Iscrizioni greche. Un'antologia, Roma 2017 (Carocci). M. GUARDUCCI, L'epigrafia greca dalle origini al tardo impero, Roma 1987, 1-33, 81-243, 451-460; J. Ma, Antiochos III and the cities of Western Asia Minor, Oxford 1999 (Oxford University Press)

M. GUARDUCCI, L'epigrafia greca dalle origini al tardo impero, Roma 1987, 1-33, 81-243, 451-460; B. H. McLean, An Introduction to Greek Epigraphy of the Hellenistic and Roman Periods from Alexander the Great down to the Reign of Constantine, Ann Harbor 2002 (University of Michigan Press), 65-110, 149-178, 228-245.
Instead of lecture notes: translation and historical comment of the following epigraphic texts: from C. Antonetti - S. De Vido (a cura di),Iscrizioni greche. Un'antologia, Roma 2017 (Carocci), nrr. 1, 2, 7, 11, 16, 17, 20, 24, 26, 32, 37, 52, 60, 67,70. From the journal Axon [online] ISSN 2532-6848: Vol. 1 – Num. 1 – Giugno 2017: Dossier di Pamukçu: Lettera di Filota, lettera di Zeuxi, lettera di Antioco III; Dossier di Kermanshah: Lettera di Antioco III e lettera di Menedemo. Vol. 1 – Num. 2 – Giugno 2017: Dedica onoraria per Tolemeo III e Berenice. Vol. 3 – Num. 1 – Giugno 2019: Trattato tra Farnace I del Ponto e i Greci di Chersoneso. Vol. 3 – Num. 2 – Dicembre 2019: Una lettera di Filippo V agli Ateniesi di Efestia (Lemno). Vol. 4 – Num. 1 – Giugno 2020: Decreto onorario della città di Ilio per il re Antioco I.
A written test (12 questions).
10 'open' questions:
- origin and development of Greek alphabetic writing in the light of Mediterranean writing systems (5 questions);
- Greek archaic alphabets (1 question)
- Royal hellenistic correspondance (1 question)
- epigraphic typologies and functionality of Greek writing (1 question)
- epigraphic philology (1 question)
- numeral systems (1 question)
2 'closed' questions
- 'complementary letters'
- bibliographic abbreviations, corpora
2 final seminars c/o Laboratory of Greek Epigraphy (IT tools, epigraphic squeezes, epigraphic record).

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It is pointed out the opportunity to attend the course of Greek Epigraphy for students wishing follow, after the BA Bachelor, the MA Degree of 'Scienze dell'Antichità'.

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