Academic year
2024/2025 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FT0272 (AF:509236 AR:293085)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
6 out of 12 of ROMAN HISTORY
Surnames A-L
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
1st Term
Course year
The course is one of the core educational activities characterizing the Bachelor's Degree Programme in History. It has the purpose to guarantee to the students the knowledge of historical processes, of the methodology of research in a historic environment, 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 history of the Roman monarchy and republic; knowing chronological issues, historical events and understanding their causes; developing the principles and methods of historical research; being able to comprehend the relations between political, institutional, militar, economical, social and religious dynamics; applying the methodology of historical reconstruction with particular focus on the research of ancient sources and on the exegesis of each documentary class; acquiring the basic lexicon of history and historiography.
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.
Active participation in lectures and individual study will enable students to develop the following abilities and competencies, articulated according to the Dublin descriptors:
Knowledge and Understanding: knowledge and comprehension of specific problems and themes in Roman history; understanding of theories and models for interpreting historical events.
Applying Knowledge and Understanding: ability to use acquired data to contextualize themes, events, and figures in space and time; ability to read, understand, and thematize a source; ability to evaluate tools essential for historical research.
Making Judgements: ability to read, understand, and interpret a source based on acquired knowledge and skills.
Communication Skills: ability to organize topics with clarity; to make connections and synthesize events; ability to use the specific lexicon of the discipline.
Learning Skills: ability to apply learning outcomes to unfamiliar contexts.
There is no disciplinary requirement. A good knowledge of italian language is necessary.
Through the analysis of ancient documents (literary texts, inscriptions, coins, iconographic and archaeological sources) the course will provide an outline of the political, institutional, social, economic, and religious history of the Roman world from the first settlements in ancient Latium to the fall of the Roman Republic.
Required texts:
- class notes;
- G. Cresci Marrone-F. Rohr Vio-L. Calvelli, Roma antica. Storia e documenti, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2020, up to p. 210.
The written exam consists of five questions. One of them is essay questions. Two are more synthetic essay questions based on a topic addressed in the required text and on a specific topic, through the analysis of some ancient sources. Another question asks to give two definitions of fundamental concepts related to Roman history. The last question consists of ten different events that must be listed chronologically. 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’s aim is to ensure the acquisition of the basic knowledge of the subject, both connected to historical 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.

Assessment Grid:
28-30L: excellent mastery of the topics covered in class and in the textbooks; excellent ability to prioritize information; appropriate use of technical terminology of the discipline;
26-27: good knowledge of the topics covered in class and in the textbooks; good ability to organize and present information; generally correct use of the technical terminology of the discipline;
24-25: fair knowledge of the topics covered in class and in the textbooks; fair ability to organize information; use of technical terminology of the discipline not always correct;
22-23: occasionally superficial and/or incomplete knowledge of the topics covered in class and in the textbooks; presentation not always clear and/or lacking in technical terminology of the discipline;
18-21: occasionally incomplete knowledge of the topics covered in class and in the textbooks, but still sufficient; presentation not clear and/or lacking and/or with scarce use of the technical terminology of the discipline.
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.
The course can be combined with another Roman history class as a 12-credit course.

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).

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Poverty and inequalities" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 17/07/2024