History of Classical Antiquity


Identification of the main historical and geographic evolutions of the Greek and Roman worlds.
Understanding of the social, political, religious and economic universe between the Late Bronze Age and the Classical Age within the Greek area.
Understanding of the Helenistic changes in the Greek universe.
Understanding of the social, political, religious and economic universe for the formation and evolution of the Roman world.
Understanding of the historical dynamics of the Roman expansionism and the Imperial "globalised world".
Understanding of late Antique changes within the western Roman Empire and their legacy in eastern Roman Empire.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

José Carlos da Costa Quaresma


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



Not applicable


CAMERON. A. (1998) – El mundo mediterráneo en la Antigüedad Tardía. 395-600.Barcelona: Crítica.
CENTENO, R. M. S.; et Al. (1997) - Civilizações Clássicas. II (Roma). Lisboa: Universidade Aberta.
FERREIRA, J. R. (1996) - Civilizações Clássicas. I (Grécia). Lisboa: Universidade Aberta.
FINLEY. M. I., 1970 [1990] – Grécia Primitiva: Idade do Bronze e Idade Arcaica. São Paulo: Martins Fontes
GRIMAL, P. (1971) - La Civilisation Romaine. Paris: Armand Colin.
JAEGER, W. (1957[1993]) – Paideia: los ideales de la cultura griega. Madrid: Fondo de Cultura Económica.
ROCHA PEREIRA, M. H. (1988) – Estudos de História da cultura clássica. I (Cultura grega). Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
ROCHA PEREIRA, M. H. (1988) – Estudos de História da cultura clássica. II (Cultura romana). Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
ROLDÁN HERVÁS, J. M., ed. (1993 [2002]) - Historia de Roma. Salamanca: Ediciones Universidad.
WARD-PERKINS, B. (2005) – A queda de Roma e o fim da civilização. Aletheia.

Teaching method

Thematic sessions with multimedia projections
In class teaching

Evaluation method

Group work (40%), Written test (in class)(60%)

Subject matter

Bronze Age
Archaic Age
Homer and Hesiod
Formation and evolution of the polis. Colonial expansion
Formation and evolution of the polis. Religious universe
Classical Age
Fifth c. AD: Athens
Fifth c. AD: Peloponnesian War
Fourth c. AD: political and economic changes
Helenistic Age
The Etruscan Period and the Roman Monarchy
Republican Period
Imperial Period. Principate.
First and 2nd c. AD: From Auguste to the Severian.
Political, social, economic and provincial structuration
Empire in crisis? The military anarchy of the 3rd c. AD
Imperial Period: Dominate
The political and economic flourishing of the 4th c. AD. Late Antique society.
The consolidation of the Christianism.
External pressure and the end of the western Roman Empire. Continuity in the eastern part.
The Byzantine Empire.


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