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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
LE10108016, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
LE0600, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge VITTORIO BERTI M-STO/07

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-STO/07 History of Christianity and the Churches 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/09/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2016 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 Commissione 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 BERTI VITTORIO (Presidente)
ZAMBON MARCO (Membro Effettivo)
6 Commissione 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 BERTI VITTORIO (Presidente)
ZAMBON MARCO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: The course does not presuppose any specific knowledge of the History of Christianity.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide the essential features for the knowledge of the history of Christianities, from the origins to the Protestant rift, their internal development and the relationship with the different political and cultural contexts involved. The critique of the sources will be the pivot for the understanding of the historical turning points addressed in the course.
The student must become able to critically examine such sources and to give an accurate representation of the generative contexts concerned. Through the crossing between general knowledge on chronology and topics and some monographic studies, the student must acquire the ability to identify continuity and discontinuity in the major moments of the history of Christianity.
Examination methods: The exam will take place in oral form with a discussion of one or more of the topics addressed during the lessons. Specifically, the student will be asked to expose his own knowledge on a major issue both in diachronic sense (examples: the monasticism from Anthony to Benedict, Christianity from persecution to the Theodosian era, the stages of the separation between East and West, the development of the medieval papacy, etc.) and in synchronic sense, delineating a problem or a particularly relevant moment (examples: the dialectic of pure / impure and sacred / profane in Jesus' teaching; the synoptic problem; the elaboration of the Trinitarian doctrine in 4th century; the councils of Ephesus and Chalcedon; the iconoclastic season, etc.)
Assessment criteria: We will evaluate the accuracy of the preparation, the clarity of the exposition, the understanding of the topics addressed, the ability to critically present the problems concerned.
Course unit contents: The course is divided into a comprehensive presentation of the main events, texts, problems and options characterizing the Christian History from the beginning to the Sixteenth Century, with a particular focus on the History of Syriac Christianity, from Sasanids to Abbasids.
The course will be structurated in detail as follows:
1. Ancient Christianity (22 h.)
2. Medieval and Early Modern Christianity (20 h.)
3. Monographic section: Syriac Christianity (21 h.)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will be delivered mostly by frontal lessons.
Seminars will be organized by deep involving interactive methods.
We will use slides, pictures and concept maps. Literary sources concerned will be projected. All documents will be available in moodle.
Additional notes about suggested reading: It will be good to bring a Bible, especially in the initial part of the course.

It is also suggested the use of a historical atlas of Christianity, not to be considered as part of the examination, but rather as a device to support the correct understanding of the manual.

Full bibliography, Literary sources addressed and didactic slides will be available on moodle with an access key provided in class.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Prinzivalli, Emanuela, Storia del Cristianesimo. Roma: Carocci, 2015. 6 cfu e 9 cfu: manuale per tutti, fraquentanti e non frequentanti Cerca nel catalogo
  • Bettiolo, Paolo, Lineamenti di patrologia siriaca. Roma: Città Nuova, 1989. 9cfu: testo obbligatorio per tutti (frequentanti e non frequentanti) Cerca nel catalogo
  • Chialà, Sabino, Dall'ascesi eremitica alla misericordia infinita. Ricerche su Isacco di Ninive e la sua fortuna. Firenze: L. S. Olschki, 2002. 9cfu: obbligatorio per non frequentanti, consigliato ma non obbligatorio per frequentanti Cerca nel catalogo
  • Berti, Vittorio, Vita e studi di Timoteo 1. (+ 823) patriarca cristiano a Baghdad. Ricerche sull'epistolario e sulle fonti contigue. Paris: Association pour l'avancement des études iraniennes, 2009. lettura consigliata ma non obbligatoria per studenti di Storia e di Lettere Cerca nel catalogo
  • Agamben, Giorgio, Altissima povertà. Regole monastiche e forma di vita (Homo sacer, 4., 1). Vicenza: N. Pozza, 2011. 6 cfu: lettura obbligatoria per non frequentanti di filosofia, consigliata ma non obbligatoria per frequentanti di filosofia Cerca nel catalogo
  • Canetti, Luigi, Impronte di gloria. effigie e ornamento nell'Europa cristiana. Roma: Carocci, 2012. lettura consigliata ma non obbligatoria per studenti STB e Archeologia Cerca nel catalogo
  • Miccoli, Giovanni, Anno Santo. Un'invenzione spettacolare. Roma: Carocci, 2015. lettura consigliata ma non obbligatoria per studenti PGT Cerca nel catalogo

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