Academic Year 2020/2021 - 1° Year
Teaching Staff: Gaetano Maria ARENA and Cristina SORACI
Credit Value: 9
Scientific field: L-ANT/02 - GREEK HISTORY
Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
Taught classes: 54 hours
Term / Semester:

Learning Objectives

The discipline aims to illustrate, through an overview of the most significant events, the Greek history of the archaic, classical and Hellenistic age. The attendance of the course will allow students to understand the historical-political, socio-economic and cultural development of Greek cities and Hellenistic monarchies, making use of the testimonies from ancient sources, for which reading will be provided the essential critical tools. In accord with the educational objectives of the Degree Course, students will acquire the skills necessary for the enhancement and communication of Greek history in the various areas of the tourism sector.

Course Structure

Frontal lessons.

Should teaching be carried out in mixed mode or remotely, it may be necessary to introduce changes with respect to previous statements, in line with the programme planned and outlined in the Syllabus.

Detailed Course Content

  • chronology and geography;
  • typologies of sources;
  • Minoan Crete, Mycenaean Greece and the "Dark Ages";
  • the pòlis: meaning, formation and development;
  • colonial foundations;
  • hoplites, legislators and tyrants: the aristocratic pòlis;
  • Athens and Sparta in the archaic age;
  • the Persian wars;
  • the tyrannies of the West;
  • Athens, Sparta and the Peloponnesian war;
  • the pòleis and the Greek variations of federalism;
  • Philip the Macedonian and the conquest of Greece;
  • Alexander the Great: myth, history;
  • the difficult inheritance: the Diadochi;
  • the Hellenistic world between tradition and innovation;
  • the Greeks and Rome: diplomatic negotiations, adaptation strategies, identity pride.

Textbook Information

1. Historical atlas (free choice edition).

2. M. Bettalli – A.L. D’Agata – A. Magnetto, Storia greca. Nuova edizione, Roma, Carocci, 2013, pp. 15-351.

3. C. Bearzot, La polis greca, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2009, pp. 7-104.

4. S. Magnani, Geografia storica del mondo antico, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2003, pp. 7-110.

5. A text chosen between:

- F. Landucci Gattinoni, L’ellenismo, Bologna Il Mulino 2010, pp. 6-121


- C. Bearzot, Il federalismo greco, Bologna Il Mulino 2014, pp. 5-116.

6. M. Moggi, Strategie e forme della riconciliazione: μ μνησικακεν, in S. Cataldi – E. Bianco – G. Cuniberti (a cura di), Salvare le poleis, costruire la concordia, progettare la pace, Alessandria, Edizioni dell’Orso, 2012, pp. 133-160.

7. G. Cuniberti, Il dono, la persuasione, la democrazia: percezione e negazione della dorodokia, in G. Cuniberti (a cura di), Dono, controdono e corruzione. Ricerche storiche e dialogo interdisciplinare, Alessandria, Edizioni dell’Orso, 2017, pp. 197-218.

8. C. Soraci, Identità e autonomia: per la storia di Agrigento ellenistico-romana, in V. Caminneci – M.C. Parello – M.S. Rizzo – C. Soraci (a cura di), Agrigento ellenistico-romana: coscienza identitaria e margini di autonomia. Atti della Giornata internazionale di studi (Agrigento, 30 giugno 2016), Bari, Edipuglia, 2018, pp. 9-25.