HUI 216 - THE LECTURES


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Here you will find all the presentations that I use in class, plus required and suggested readings. Suggested readings may be used to research the topics and subtopics of the papers or to pursue personal interests.

The importance of each topic or reading is indicated with a varying number of stars or asterisks:
(***) = absolutely necessary (approx. 60% of the exam's questions will focus on these topics);
(**) = very important (approx. 30% of exam's questions will focus on these topics);
(*) = valuable (approx. 10% of exam's questions will focus on these topics);
() no star = not essential (no exam questions or just bonus questions from these topics).

Units 0-1 | Unit 2 | Unit 3 | Unit 4 |
Unit 5 | Unit 6 | Unit 7 | Unit 8 |
Units 10, 11, 13

General Introduction: issues in modern Italy and in Italian civilization (Units 0-1)

From general theory to some specific issues and examples

Unit 0 (General Introduction: the PowerPointShow)

Unit 0 (General Introduction: notes)

0.0 Do you have time? (*)
0.1 Giornata della memoria (**)
0.2 The papers: tips, etc. ()

Unit 1, Topic 1 (Italy: one, or many?)

1.1 How many Italies? (**)

Unit 1, Topics 2-3 (I'm Italian, you are Italian...)

1.2 Unification (***)
1.3 The word 'Italia' (***)

Unit 1, Topics 4-6 (Plural identities)

1.4 Standard Italian (**)
1.5 The Italian dialects (*)
1.6 Identities in Italy (**)

Unit 1, Topics 7-10 (I don't feel Italian)

1.7 Geography (**)
1.8 Stereotypes in proverbs (**)
1.9 The national anthem (**)
1.10 The Italian flag (*)

Podcasting: Units 0-1

Video and audio recordings of the lectures

Feb. 1, 2010 lecture: Video (streaming) and Audio (mp3).

Feb. 3, 2010 lecture: Video (streaming) and Audio (mp3).

Feb. 8, 2010 lecture: Video (streaming) and Audio (mp3).

Feb. 10, 2010 lecture: Video (streaming) and Audio (mp3).

Feb. 15, 2010 lecture: Video (streaming) and Audio (mp3).

Feb. 17, 2010 lecture: Video (streaming) and Audio (mp3).

Feb. 22, 2010 lecture: Video (streaming) and Audio (mp3).

Feb. 24, 2010 lecture: Video (streaming) and Audio (mp3).

Suggested readings: Units 0-1

Images, music, maps, a couple of articles

[1] See pictures from the 2008's carnival in Venice, Italy, on the BBC News site: news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/7212380.stm.

[2] You can listen to 2 clips from the song "Io non mi sento italiano", by Giorgio Gaber (2003): 1) "I, G. G., was born and live in Milan..." (.mp3, 33", stereo); 2) "I am sorry Mr. President..." (.mp3, 23", stereo).

[3] Listen to the Italian national anthem (click on one of the links with the words "ascolta l'inno").

[4] From The New York Times (March 31, 2002): "In Italy, a Busy Crossroads of History" By Frederika Randall (free registration required; otherwise, click here to see the article in Acrobat format, no editing or printing allowed). This is a very simple piece from the travel section of the New York Times, highlighting the beauty of the region of Apulia and reminding the reader, through short statements by local Italians and simple historical references, how complex and rich the history of a small Italian region can be.

[5] If you want to see political and historical maps of Italy, you can visit this site www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/italy.html, or click here to see Italy on GoogleMaps, where you can zoom from the entire peninsula to a single city, with its streets and the neighborhood.

[6] "Bossi's Lega Nord - history and myth": in this interview, Dr. Edward Coleman, of Dublin's University College, discusses the connections between the Northern League and the medieval league often quoted by the propaganda of that political party.

Overview of Italian civilization (Unit 2)

Chronology, history, major events and trends

Unit 2, Topics 0-10 (Overview of Italian civilization)

2.0 Periodization (***)
2.1 Ab urbe condita (**)
2.2 The Middle Ages (**)
2.3 Humanism (**)
2.4 Modernity (*)
2.5 The last 150 years (**)
2.6 Local Autonomy (*)
2.7 The European Union (**)
2.8 The main institutions and issues in the European Union (**)
2.9 "A union of minorities" (*)
2.10 Conclusion (**)

Podcasting: Unit 2

Video and audio recordings of the lectures

Mar. 1, 2010 lecture: Video (streaming) and Audio (mp3).

Required reading: Unit 2

Tuscan races in British travelogues

Maurice Hewlett, and local identities, cultures in Tuscany (A. Fedi) (**)

Civilizations in ancient Italy (Unit 3)

The Etruscans, the Greeks, the Carthaginians, etc.

Unit 3, Topics 0-9 (Civilizations in ancient Italy) [Complete]

3.0 Italy 1000 B.C.-400B.C. (**)
3.1 The Etruscans in the discourse on Italian identity (***)
3.2 Etruscan society (**)
3.3 The Cities and Cemeteries of Etruria, by George Dennis (1848) (***)
3.4 The Indo-Europeans (*)
3.5 The Greeks in Italy (**)
3.6 The foundational on myths of the Romans (***)
3.7 The Carthaginians, the Gauls (**)
3.8 The Italian Greeks, and the Griko dialect (*)

Podcasting: Unit 3

Video and audio recordings of the lectures

Mar. 3, 2010 lecture: Video (streaming) and Audio (mp3).

Required reading: Unit 3

Aeneas, Romulus and Remus, the Sabines

Foundational myths of the ancient Romans (**)

What remains of Roman civilization (Unit 4)

The relevance of the classics

Unit 4, Topics 1-7 ("What remains of Roman civilization")

4.1 Physical evidence (**)
4.2 Cultural evidence (**)
4.3 Roman Law (*)
4.4 The Founding Fathers and Rome (**)
4.5 "There's Nothing Conservative About the Classics' Revival" (**)
4.6 The classics in the Italian curriculum (**)
4.7 Barbarians and Barberinis: the fate of classical monuments (*)

Podcasting: Unit 4

Video and audio recordings of the lectures

Mar. 8, 2010 lecture: Video (streaming) and Audio (mp3).

Mar. 10, 2010 lecture: Video (streaming) and Audio (mp3).

Mar. 15, 2010 lecture: Video (streaming) and Audio (mp3).

Ancient Roman society (Unit 5)

The structures of Roman society

Unit 5, Topics 1-5 ("Ancient Roman society")

5.1 The monarchy (**)
5.2 The Republic (**)
5.3 Social classes in Roman society (**)
5.4 Slavery (**)
5.5 The meals of the ancient Romans (**)

Podcasting: Unit 5

Video and audio recordings of the lectures

Mar. 17, 2010 lecture: Video (streaming) and Audio (mp3).

From Hannibal to Caesar (Unit 6)

Popular figures in Roman history

Unit 6, Topics 1-4 ("Ancient Roman society") [COMPLETE]

6.1 The Punic wars (**)
6.2 Hannibal in Italy (**)
6.3 The end of the Republic (**)
6.4 Time, progress (**)

Podcasting: Unit 6

Video and audio recordings of the lectures

Mar. 22, 2010 lecture: Video (streaming) and Audio (mp3).

Mar. 24, 2010 lecture: Video (streaming) and Audio (mp3).

"There was once a dream that was Rome" (Unit 7)

Rome in movies and the arts

Unit 7, Topics 1-6 ("There was once a dream that was Rome") [COMPLETE]

7.1 Fascist propaganda and ancient Rome (**)
7.2 The movie Scipione l'Africano (1937) (***)
7.3 Synopsis of Scipione l'Africano (**)
7.4 Italy and the Italians in the movie Scipione l'Africano (***)
7.5 Spartacus (***)
7.6 Gladiator (**)

Podcasting: Unit 7

Video and audio recordings of the lectures

Apr. 5, 2010 lecture: Video (streaming) and Audio (mp3).

Apr. 7, 2010 lecture: Video (streaming) and Audio (mp3).

Apr. 12, 2010 lecture: Video (streaming) and Audio (mp3).

Apr. 14, 2010 lecture: Video (streaming) and Audio (mp3).

"The grand strategy of the Roman Empire" (Unit 8)

The strategic decisions behind the successes of the Romans

Unit 8, Topics 1-2 ("The grand strategy of the Roman Empire") [COMPLETE]

8.1 The grand strategy of the Roman Empire (***)
8.2 The Roman army (**)

Podcasting: Unit 8 (plus the conclusion of Unit 6)

Video and audio recordings of the lectures

Apr. 19, 2010 lecture: Video (streaming) and Audio (mp3).

"The decadence of the Roman Empire" (Units 10, 11, 13)

The idea of decadence in the representation of the Roman Empire

Unit 10, Topics 1-3 ("Tacitus and classical historiography") [COMPLETE]

Unit 10, Topic 4 ("Tacitus reports on a mutiny of the Roman legions") [COMPLETE]

10.1 Tacitus, his life and career (*)
10.2 The rediscovery of Tacitus (**)
10.3 Classical historiography (**)
10.4 Tacitus and a mutiny of the Roman legions (***)

Unit 11, Topics 6-10 ("The murder of Agrippina") [COMPLETE, PowerPoint 2007; click here for the PDF version, in black and white]

11.6 The life of Nero (*)
11.7 How Nero becomes Emperor at 17 (**)
11.8 The murder of Agrippina (***)
11.9 Suetonius on the Golden House
11.10 Claudio Monteverdi's opera on Nero, The Coronation of Poppea (*)

Unit 13 ("St. Augustine and the virtues of the ancient Romans") [COMPLETE, PowerPoint 2007; click here for the PDF version, or use the textual version in Rich Text Format.

13.1 St. Augustine (354-430) (**)
13.2 St. Augustine on God and the Roman Empire (***)

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