Storia greca - Il sinecismo e la sympoliteia in età ellenistica

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The course is intended for students on PhD course but can also be taken by undergraduate students (Corso Ordinario). Knowledge of ancient Greek is required; no prior knowledge of Greek epigraphy is required, which will be provided in class.


The module, which is closely related to the one preceding and the one that follows, will address the analysis of the two letters with which the king Antigonus Monophthalmus organised the synecism between the Greek poleis of Theos and Lebedos towards the end of the IV century B.C. (Bradford Welles, Royal Correspondence, nrr. 3 and 4; A. Bencivenni, Progetti di riforme costituzionali nelle epigrafi greche dei secoli IV-II a.C., Bologna 2003). The text offers a clear and complete picture of the issues that arose in the event of a merger between two communities, ranging from the organisation of the urban area, the sharing of rites and cults, the drafting of new laws and the creation of a new institutional framework, to the political integration of citizens.

The seminar paper will deal with a topic agreed upon with the teacher at least two months before the scheduled date. The approximate duration of the oral presentation is 45 minutes. The student must prepare a written text containing the main quotations from ancient sources (with translation) and the critical bibliography necessary for the examination of the chosen topic. The written text must be sent to the teacher in draft form at least one week before the seminar.

An 8-hour introductory lecture will be held by Dr Alessandro Perucca and will form an integral part of the course.

The introductory teaching will be held in October.

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To deepen knowledge of ancient Greek history with particular reference to the Late Classical and Hellenistic periods; to acquire knowledge of the institutional functioning of the polis; to acquire tools and methodologies necessary for the analysis of a historical problem; to acquire skills in the field of Greek epigraphy.

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Bibliographic indications will be provided in class.