Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FT0144 (AF:354285 AR:186172)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
2nd Term
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The course is one of the basic educational activities characterizing the Bachelor's Degree Programme in History. It has the purpose to guarantee to the students the knowledge of processes related to the monetary history of Antiquity, of the methodology of research in Numismatics, of the lexicon of the subject and to make students acquire skills as critical approach to issues in the understanding of causal relations and in the analysis of sources; scientific transmission of the acquired knowledges; habit to complex issues and their consequences.
The disciplinary and methodological purpose of the course is: being aware of the main issues related to the monetary history of the ancient world; knowing chronological issues, historical events and understanding their causes; developing the principles and methods of numismatic research; being able to comprehend the relations between political, institutional, economical, social, artistic and religious dynamics; applying the methodology of historical reconstruction in numismatic studies with particular focus on the exegesis of numismatic material (coins); acquiring the basic lexicon of Numismatics.
The reachment of these objectives guarantees to the student the cultural, disciplinary, methodological knowledge for Master courses fitting the Bachelor ‘s Degree and to insert in the world of work in didactical, cultural, organizational, divulgation and communication-linked field.
Attending the course and individual study will allow students to acquire specific knowledge such as: the origin and development paths of coinage, the general features of the coinage in the ancient world, the principal issues of monetary history in Antiquity, and the methodology of numismatic research and the subject’s lexicon. Attending and studying will allow students to acquire the ability to point out the roots of nowadays’s issues in order to make them comprehend better; being able to apply a critical approach to problems; know how transmit scientific concepts.
The course will guarantee these skills: to create a hierarchy of information with personal critical judgment; know how to deal with complex problems; to be able to argue about basic scientific issues.
There is no disciplinary requirement. A good knowledge of italian language is necessary. A good knowledge of ancient history is desirable.
The course will provide an outline of the most relevant aspects of the monetary history in the ancient world, focusing on origin and first development of coinage and on use of coins in the ancient societies; formal features of ancient coins, identifying and cataloguing ancient coins, technical factors of production, institutional context, monetary circulation, and coin finds are discussed.
Students who will not attend lessons will study the same contents and the lessons’s subjects will be substituted with the study of texts shown in the bibliography.
Required texts:
- class notes;
- A. SAVIO, Monete Romane, Roma, Edizioni Jouvence, 2001 or 2014 (or, Milano, Libraccio editore, 2012);
- F. BARELLO, Archeologia della moneta: produzione e utilizzo nell'antichità, Roma, Carocci, 2006
Additional materials (e.g. pictures, documents) will be distributed in class.

Students who cannot attend classes must contact the course tutor beforehand.
Literature in English, French, Spanish, or German can be provided to foreign students upon request.
The written exam consists of eight questions: two are essay questions, five are short answers questions, while the last consists of some multiple choice questions.
The exam’s aim is to ensure the acquisition of the basic knowledge of the subject, of the abilities to synthesize information, of the use of a proper scientific terminology.
Each answer 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 answer.
The exam lasts two hours.
The exam’s aim is to ensure the acquisition of the basic knowledge of the subject, both connected to factual events and to the analysis of causes, of the abilities to synthesize information, of the use of a proper scientific terminology. The exam’s purpose is to verify the acquisition of abilities as the capacity to apply the subject’s methodology and sketch out an effective communication strategy: transmission of scientific contents, ability to draw together, selection of contents, use of specific lexicon. The exam verifies the skills in creating a hierarchy of the information with personal critical judgment; in dealing with complex problems; in arguing about basic scientific issues.

Regular class sessions. Class attendance is highly recommended.
Booklet and research and self-evaluation material can be found in the Ca’ Foscari e-learning Moodle platform.
Students who cannot attend classes must contact the teacher beforehand.
This programme is provisional and there could still be changes in its contents.
Last update of the programme: 14/03/2021