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