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: Irony, laughs as paradigm for elites members in the Roman world
UNIT 5: Human mobility and urbanisms: Between local mentality and globalism
UNIT 6: Families and ancestors as cultural and political connections in the Roman world
UNIT 7: 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".