Basic knowledge of the main events of Roman history and Latin language rudiments.
The course will deal with topics concerning the social history of ancient Rome and the administration of the Roman Empire. These aspects will be examined through the analysis and commentary of explanatory epigraphic texts provided by the teacher. Essential notions will also be given for the reading, understanding and edition of Latin epigraphic documents, using both traditional bibliographic tools and computer applications freely available for consultation on the web.
The course aims to provide students with advanced knowledge of methodologies related to the study of ancient history with reference to the use of the inscriptions, an essential tool for any investigation that involves the social, administrative and economic aspects of Roman society.
Knowledge and understanding skills: about Latin epigraphical texts stimulated through power point presentations and the analysis of epigraphic documents in the classroom; about the powers at the basis of imperial power; about the administrative structures of the Roman Empire; about the methodological principles of Roman history and epigraphy;
Applied knowledge and understanding skills: the basic bibliographical tools needed to undertake research in the fields of Roman history and epigraphy (paper and digital corpora, historiographical texts);
Autonomy of judgement: critical approach and autonomous elaboration of the questions posed by epigraphical documentation;
Communication skills: acquisition of technical language and specialized terminology related to Roman history that will help students to develop correct communication skills, assisting them to produce, among other things, original personal papers related to research in the fields of Roman history and epigraphy;
Ability to learn: independent, individual and group study on specific themes indicated.
1) F. Jacques–J. Scheid, Roma e il suo impero. Istituzioni, economia, religione, Laterza, Bari 2008.
2) A. Buonopane, Manuale di epigrafia latina, Carocci, Roma 2009.
For those who may have difficulties with the text nr. 1, it is advisable to read in advance:
G. Poma, Le istituzioni politiche del mondo romano, Il Mulino, Bologna 2002.
M. Pani - E. Todisco, Società e istituzioni di Roma antica, Carocci Roma 2005.
Non-attending students who are unable to retrieve transcriptions and comments of the inscriptions illustrated in the classroom by the teacher and whose photos are on the "Dispense" section of the lecturer page, will be able to take the exam on inscriptions transcribed and commenting in:
3) M. Cébeillac-Gervasoni –M.L. Caldelli – F. Zevi, Epigrafia Latina. Ostia: Cento iscrizioni in contesto, Edizioni Quasar, Roma 2010, only chapter 3
or, 30 inscriptions chosen from:
3) R. Friggeri (cur.), Le Terme di Diocleziano, la collezione epigrafica, Electa, Milano 2012.
The final examination will be held in oral form and will have an average duration of half an hour. The questions will test that the student is able to read and understand an epigraphic document. Attending students will be asked to illustrate one or more documents chosen between those submitted by the teacher during class, while for non-attending students the inscriptions to be read and commented will be those chosen by them as indicated in the "Reference Texts" section.
The candidate must prove that you understand:
• the legal and ideological foundations on which the power of princeps is based;
• the structure of Roman society;
• the senatorial and equestrian career;
• the administrative organization of the Roman state in the imperial age;
• the organization of the army;
• the religion
The course will explore the following topics:
Epigraphs and epigraphy (0,25 CFU)
History of the Discipline (0,25 CFU)
Supports, writing technique, materials (0,5 CFU)
Diacritical marks (0,25 CFU)
Edition and comment of an epigraphic text (0,5 CFU)
Roman onomastics Rules (0,5 CFU)
Classification of inscriptions (0,25 CFU)
Burial inscriptions with examples (0,5 CFU)
Honorary inscriptions with examples (0,5 CFU)
Senatorial cursus honorum (0,5 CFU)
Equestrian cursus honorum (0,5 CFU)
Sacred inscriptions with examples (0,5 CFU)
Inscriptions on public or private buildings with examples (0,5 CFU)