Storia greca- Il sinecismo in età classica

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


The course will explore the topic of synecism, that is, the political and territorial union between two poleis, within the Greek world. In a perspective of integration between the three modules, the theme will be developed through the analysis of three significant cases distributed between the Archaic/Classical Period and Hellenism.

The first module, specifically but not exclusively dedicated to undergraduate students, will address the theme of synecism in Athens. The analysis of the sources will be aimed at examining the procedures described – reflecting mainly the 'a posteriori' gaze of the sources – as well as the role played by the episode in the memory cultural and political memory of the following centuries.

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; the course will start on 3 November.

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To deepen one's knowledge of Greek history of the Classical period; to acquire knowledge of the institutional functioning of the polis (with particular but not exclusive reference to Athens); to acquire the methodologies of investigation necessary for the analysis of a historical problem.

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Bibliographic indications will be provided in class.