Storia dell'arte antica - Individual and Society: Portraits in the Greek and Roman world: seminars for studenti ordinari

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The course is open to studenti ordinari of all levels and has no prerequisites.


Portraits are always not just a reflection of one person and his or her personality but also of a society and its values. This module will explore the use of portraits in Greek and Roman society from the archaic period of Greece into Late Antiquity. Questions will include: What is a meaningful definition for ‘portrait’ in the ancient world? Who was depicted in a portrait and why? Where were portraits being displayed? What is the purpose of a portrait? How do all these parameters change over time? What do they tell us about the respective value systems, social hierarchies, the role of gender and ethnicity, in these different societies? The lectures will offer an introduction to the topic. They will be enhanced by these seminars, which serve to introduce and discuss more complex methodological issues.

To obtain credits for this module, students will have to also attend the lectures, submit an essay of 5000 words, and deliver a presentation of 30 minutes followed by a plenary discussion.

The module will be taught in English.

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The development of critical and methodological awareness of the current hermeneutic debate in the field of classical archaeology, particularly research on ancient portraits; development of the ability to present and critically discuss research contributions; development of the ability to effectively present the state of the art of a specific question; development of the ability to present and argument with methodological soundness, intellectual creativity and independence of thought; development of the ability to present one's research findings with precision, conciseness and clarity, in written and oral form.