The students are expected to become familiar with the main features of the administrative, economic and social organization of the Roman Empire, the political entity which became (in many ways) the historical past of the Modern Europe. Furthermore, students are expected to acquire a deeper knowledge of the various structures relating to the education
Course Content (Syllabus)
A survey of the basic features of the administrative, economic and social organization of the Roman Empire. Focus on the institutions relating to the education of young boys and young men and on their political and ideological role.
Week#1 The imperial age: the basic features of the period; literary sources and inscriptions; bibliography
Week#2 Roman administration: provinces and cities
Week#3 Roman society: the upper classes (senators, knights, local decurions)
Week#4 Roman society: the lower classes (plebs urbana and plebs rustica, slaves)
Week#5 Roman economy: agriculture, trade, manufacture, credit
Week#6 Educational institutions: the gymnasium of the Greek cities in the Classical and Early Hellenistic Periods.
Week#7 Educational institutions: the gymnasium of the Greek cities in the Roman Period: continuity and change
Week#8 Participants in the gymnasium: paides, epheboi, neoi, presbyteroi, gerontes.
Week#9: Physical training
Week#10: Rhetoric education and high culture
Week#11: Cults in the gymnasium
Week#12: Constructions of youth
Week#13: Conclusion: The political and ideological role of the gymnasium.
Education, Scholars, Culture, Language, History, Byzantium
Additional bibliography for study
G. Alföldy, Ιστορία της ρωμαϊκής κοινωνίας (μετάφραση Άγγελος Χανιώτης), Αθήνα 1992.
P. Garnsey, R. Saller, Η Ρωμαϊκή Αυτοκρατορία. Οικονομία, κοινωνία και πολιτισμός (μετάφραση Β. Ι. Αναστασιάδης, επιμέλεια Γ. Α. Σουρής), Ηράκλειο 1995.
Β. Μπόκολας, Παιδεία και Πόλις. Ελληνική παιδεία, «πολιτική» και νεότητα, Αθήνα 2015