Students who attend the course are expected to
• understand the high prestige among all the literary items that historiography has had since the archaic years of Rome.
• Understand the theoretical reflection on the character of Roman historiography and the sources on which its historical study is based.
• learn about its main features and its main representatives
• be sensitized to methodological and practical issues that may arise from the researcher's involvement in the field he is studying
• Practice the oral and written presentation of their ideas / arguments
Course Content (Syllabus)
Starting with the Chronicles of the Pontifices, the seminar will present the evolution and distinct role of historiography during the course of Roman history. More specifically, after the first historiographers of the times of democracy are presented, the change at the time of the Gracchi will be demonstrated, i.e. the loss of the past and the tendency of dealing with the modern history of Rome by the historians. This trend changes again with T. Livius and the return to the chronological structure that had characterized Roman historiography from its beginnings.
Course Weekly Schedule
Week 1: General Introduction. The Latin Historiography and its main aspects. The primary historical sources for the period.
Week 2: Fabius Pictor, A. Postumius Albinus. General survey and discussion of sources
Week 3: M. Porcius Cato. Discussion of selected sources.
Week 4: C. Fannius, Sempronius Asellio, Coelius Antipater. Discussion of selected sources.
Week 5: C. Iulius Caesar: De bello Gallico. Discussion of selected sources.
Week 6: C. Iulius Caesar: De bello civili. Discussion of selected sources.
Week 7: Cornelius Nepos, C. Salustius Crispus. Discussion of selected sources.
Week 8: Res Gestae Divi Augusti. Discussion of selected sources.
Week 9: T. Livius. Discussion of selected sources.
Week 10: T. Livius. Discussion of selected sources.
Week 11: Asinius Pollio, Pompeius Trogus. Discussion of selected sources.
Week 12: Velleius Paterculus, Valerius Maximus, Q. Curtius Rufus. Discussion of selected sources.
Week 13: Tacitus. Discussion of selected sources.
Rome, historiography, politics, society, Italy
Students will have to study weekly specific book chapters, articles and primary sources, and present, orally or in written, brief reports of their critical reading. Students' evaluation will depend on their weekly presentations, their ability to argue and to answer complicated questions based on bibliography and the relevant sources, and on their final essay for the course.
Additional bibliography for study
Κ. Μπουραζέλης, Οι Τρόφιμοι της Λύκαινας, Αθήνα 2017.
G. Alföldy, Ιστορία της ρωμαϊκής κοινωνίας (μετάφραση Άγγελος Χανιώτης), Αθήνα 1992.
M. Crawford, Η Ρεπουμπλικανική Ρώμη (μτφρ. Ν. Ρουμπέκας, Ο. Παναγιωτίδου), Θεσσαλονίκη 2016
Cambridge Ancient History (second edition), volumes VII.2, VIII, ΙΧ.
N. Rosenstein, R. Morstein-Marx (επιμ.), A Companion to the Roman Republic, Oxford 2006.
H. Flower (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Republic, Cambridge 2004.
A. Feldherr, (ed.), The Roman Historians. The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Historians. Pp. xviii + 464, ills. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
John F. Miller, A. J. Woodman (ed.), Latin Historiography and Poetry in the Early Empire: Generic Interactions. Mnemosyne Supplements 321. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2010.