Academic year
2022/2023 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FM0545 (AF:378437 AR:217214)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
1st Semester
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The course is one of the core educational activities characterizing the Master’s Degree Program in Humanities.
It has the purpose to guarantee to the students the advanced knowledge of Roman history; through the study of a topic, the political communication, assures to the students the knowledge of a essential aspect of the Roman political history and rhetoric. It has the purpose to guarantee to the students the knowledge of the methodology of research in the roman history; knowledge of the lexicon of the subject. The students will develop research and didactical skills in the subject and acquire skills as critical approach during the evaluation of information and news, and understanding of events and cultural processes crucial in the constitution of the occidental identity. Attending and studying will allow students to acquire the ability to point out the roots of nowadays’s issues about political communication in order to make them comprehend better. It intends to guarantee the acquisition of cognitive abilities as sketch out a scientific research and practical abilities as be able to hand the results of scientific research over through the scientific communication and the public history.
The achivement of these goals assures to the student the cultural, disciplinary, methodological knowledge to insert in the world of work in didactical, cultural, divulgation and communication-linked field suitable with his itinerary of the academic studies.
Attending the course and the seminar and practicing individual study allow students to acquire specific knowledge: the methodology of historical reconstruction, the deep knowledge of fundamental events in order to comprehend Roman history, with specific attention to political communication, the lexicon of the subject. Will make students acquire these cognitive abilities: to apply the historical research's methodology; to recognize events and models in the sources; to be able to understand the events thanks to their historical context without modernize; to be able to understand the political communication in the light of the fact that it uses rhetorical instruments. Will make students acquire these practical abilities: sketch out a scientific research and be able to hand the results over through the public history and the scientific communication selecting the contents, the ways of communication, the time, know how to deal with teamwork. The students will acquire these skills: know how to interpret historical processes about the Roman political communication; know how to employ a critical approach toward the information sources; interpret correctly the origin of customs of Roman age that survived in contemporary age.
Students should already have attended a BA level Roman history course.
A good knowledge of italian language is necessary.
Foreign students are invited to contact the teacher beforehand.
Through a ample introduction and an exemplification made by the teacher and a presentation, result of teamwork made by students, the course will examine the subject: "The voice of leaders. Political speeches: forms of political communication in the late Roman republic and Principate". The course aims to analyze the roman political communication between the middle of the second and the first century AD. Considering the effect of the literary filter in the memory of the episodes of political communication, we will study the contents of political speeches - with particular attention to recurring subjects and stereotypes -, the expressive modalities - the use of rhetorical tools.The aim will be to reconstruct the dynamics of political communication of the period and to understand the purpose of their historiographic memory. The student will therefore acquire historical knowledge on political communication and will know how to identify the origin of some practices of political communication that find application also today, but will also acquire knowledge on the history of Roman historiography in Latin and Greek in its evolution and peculiarities. The student will acquire knowledge on the different genres, on the awareness of the relationship of interaction between historiographic product and historical dynamics; on the techniques of transmission of historical memory by the ancient literary tradition. The student will acquire the methodology, the tools of historical research, the appropriate use of the scientific lexicon.
All foreign students are invited to contact the course tutor beforehand in order to discuss their study programmes for individual assessment.
The evaluation is based on three parts: the check of knowledge on the course contents through an oral examination on topics of the course and on topics developed on texts recommanded in the bibliography; during the same oral test the check of knowledge on contents explained by other students; during seminar, the oral exposition of brief personal research about the politica communication during the Late Republic and the Early Empire (substituted for non attending students by extra lectures).
Through these exam the teacher verifies:
1) knowledge: acquisition of fundamental concepts and scientific lexicon of the subject and the methodology of historical research;
2) cognitive abilities: the application of the methodology of historical research with particular focus on the use of sources and on critical approach on bibliography about the Roman history; the ability of analysis of historical processes; practical abilities: communicative abilities, for the public history and scientific communication (selecting the contents, the ways of communication, the time, know how to deal with team work)
3) skills: capability to analyze reality and information and to increase critical awareness in peculiarity of each historical period.
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.
All foreign students are invited to contact the course tutor beforehand in order to discuss their study programmes for individual assessment.
Classes will be lead as 8 teacher's lesson and 2 lesson as seminar, so that all students will have the opportunity to participate in class presentations. A specific research topic will be assigned to each participant. Ancient sources and further readings that will help students prepare their presentation will be provided in class.
Students who attend this course will be entitled to take part to the seminar activities, stages and training courses organised by the Roman History and Classics faculty during the two terms (the calendar of activities will be provided in class and on the Ca' Foscari website).

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Last update of the programme: 06/09/2022