Reconstructing the Past: Methods and Tools is a graduate course designed to provide the student with an understanding of both theory and practice currently applied to archaeological science.

Aim of the course is to introduce the students to the archaeology of ancient western Asia, and to the critical discussion of the analysis of the archaeological evidence. The ultimate goal is to become aware of a stream of early cultural traditions and become able to integrate them in the wider discourse on memory and identity within the ancient Mediterranean and the study of the Ancient World.

The 2020 course will count 6 classes devoted to the introduction of the main archaeological phases of ancient western Asia and their correlates, in preparation to the final exam.

The remaining 12 classes are devoted to a thematic monographic course on Wine production and consumption in Ancient western Asia. Among the agricultural products, wine occupies from its very origin a special role in ancient Mediterranean societies. This role originates in the climatic and geo-physical requirements for the cultivation of grapevine as well as in the toxic properties of wine, both essential for determining its high value. The seminar aims at introducing the participants to the basic botanic and agricultural notions beyond wine production, as well as to the evidence and methods available for its study in antiquity. From there the course will move to explore the origin, the techniques of cultivation of grapevine in ancient western Asia, and the storage and production of wine. Above all, the course will focus on use, circulation, and value in the different historical contexts of ancient western Asia from the Neolithic to the definition of the archaic symposion

Class hours:

Mondays. 15-17

Thursdays 15-17

Fridays 15-17

First class: Thursday, April 16, 2020

These classes examine the methods and practice of landscape archaeology. Landscape archaeology has become a central aspect of archaeological research over the last three decades. Considerations of landscape, its character and role in constituting peoples’ relationships and perceptions of place have also been at the heart of debates in archaeological theory. The classes will explore some of the key methodologies of landscape archaeology, including landscape survey, GIS, remote sensing, geophysical survey, geoarchaeology and palaeoenvironmental analysis, and landscape characterisation. Throughout the course we will examine the relationship between these methodologies and the conceptual frameworks that have developed in landscape archaeology in recent decades.

The principal aims of the classes are:
• To develop students’ understanding and critical awareness of key themes in landscape archaeology
• To develop understanding and competence in key methodologies for landscape research and analysis.

The course aims at analyzing themes of Roman History in a perspective able to encompass political, economic and cultural factors.

The course will focus on the following aspects:
UNIT 1: Speaking about imperialism: Polybius and the differences between two different political cultures. Philosophical and lexical perspectives.
UNIT 2: Cultural forms and political expressions: the political significance of the cultural engagement between Rome and Greek East
UNIT 3: Roman visual material culture and heritage as connecting koine
UNIT 4: Human mobility and urbanisms: Between local mentality and globalism
UNIT 5: Conclusions: Long durée perspectives on the Roman Mediterranean connections

MA course in 'Greek History and Civilization' - I Semester (A.Y. 2019-20)

Professors: Alberto Gandini, Alessandro Maranesi, Cesare Zizza.

Title of the course: "Founding and Re-founding the Greek City. From the Archaic Period to Late Antique Costantinople".