Academic year
2023/2024 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FM0544 (AF:448772 AR:258618)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
1st Semester
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This lecture course is part of the Master's Degree Programme in Ancient Civilisations: Literature, History and Archaeology as a core educational activity in Ancient History (common curriculum), 6 CFU.
It allows students to acquire notions concerning:
- advanced content, methodological and epistemological skills in the field of Greek history;
- an in-depth knowledge of Greek antiquity in its historical expressions, obtained through direct knowledge of the texts, also philologically investigated, and of all the documentary evidence that contributes to the reconstruction of historical processes;
- advanced methodological skills in the description, reading and interpretation of historical sources;
- interest in the history of studies with particular reference to historiographical aspects;
- knowledge of the main traditional and digital tools (indexes, corpora, image archives) for the research and the updating of the discipline;
- the ability to develop an original scientific presentation.
By attending this course students will be able to:
- read, understand and interpret the main Greek historical sources;
- propose an analytical commentary on historical sources (above all literary), frame them in a historical, chronological and historiographical context, proposing appropriate textual and documentary comparisons, finally explaining their relevance as a historical testimony with particular attention to political and institutional aspects ;
- use the paper and digital tools necessary to update the research; access the main databases of literary and epigraphic texts;
- communicate in oral form using the specific terminology of the discipline;
- propose an original scientific presentation.
- To follow the course it is necessary to have achieved the basic notions of the discipline as indicated in the Syllabus concerning the teaching of Greek History for the BA Degree (FT0252 or FT0253). Students who have not acquired the necessary skills must contact the lecturer via email.
- Adequate knowledge of Italian.

- adequate knowledge of ancient Greek (through high school diploma or university exams).

Greeks beyond Greece: the experience on the Indian frontier in the post-Alexander era.

The easternmost front touched by the Hellenic penetration, that of Central Asia and the Indus Valley, has seen the realization of complex identities from a cultural, social, political and religious point of view in the period from Alexander conquest to the Indo-Greek kingdoms. This process provoked lasting results in cultural memory, and is a paradigmatic case study to verify the fruitful dialectic of contacts between civilizations. During the course some selected examples of study taken from the main Greek-Latin literary and epigraphic sources will be analyzed without forgetting the contribution of the anhellenic sources and of archeology.
O. Coloru, Il regno del più forte, Napoli (Salerno) 2022.
M. Sartre, La nave di Palmira (Quando i mondi antichi si incontrano), Torino (Einaudi) 2022.

Further in-depth bibliography will be recommended in class.
For the study of epigraphic documentation, please refer to the Syllabus of Greek Epigraphy sp.
Each student will present a paper of ca. 30 minutes at a seminar concerning a specific topic or document or series of documents. The topic will be decided in accordance with the lecturer in the first week of lectures. The essay based on the paper presented at the seminar will have to be submitted at least 7 days before the oral examination: the length of the text will have to be between 3000 and 4000 words (excluding the final bibliography). The oral exam will concern will involve both the topics presented during the lectures and those discussed during the other students' seminars

The final mark will be the sum of the following aspects:
- paper presented at the seminar: 35%
- essay: 35%
- oral exam: 30%

NON ATTENDING STUDENTS will submit their essay which will take up 50% of the final mark; the remaining 50% will be determined by the oral exam.
The course is structure in a series of lectures (where the main themes will be discussed and some in-depth analysis of specific issues will be considered, also with the contribution of specialists in Languages and Civilizations of India and Central Asia and seminar presentations (where the students will present their papers after having agreed upon the topic with the lecturer). An active participation is required from all those attending the course.

Students are invited to follow also the course of ARCHEOLOGY AND THE CULTURES OF GANDHARA AND THE SILK ROADS (LM2640), held by prof. L.M. Olivieri.

Accessibility, Disability and Inclusion
Accommodation and support services for students with disabilities and students with specific learning impairments

Ca’ Foscari abides by Italian Law (Law 17/1999; Law 170/2010) regarding support services and accommodation available to students with disabilities. This includes students with
mobility, visual, hearing and other disabilities (Law 17/1999), and specific learning impairments (Law 170/2010). If you have a disability or impairment that requires accommodations (i.e., alternate testing, readers, note takers or interpreters) please contact the Disability and Accessibility Offices in Student Services: disabilita@unive.it.
written and oral

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Human capital, health, education" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 14/03/2023