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This course concentrates on the development of Rome from a small village into the center of a vast Empire, through the lens of artworks and archaeology. It examines a wide variety of themes (urbanism, public and private architecture, religion, economy) and sources of material evidence (pottery, coins etc.) to provide insight into the Roman World. Focus will be both on the overall structures, as well as on regional variation, and we will examine various groups within Roman society, from the upper levels to the common man. Specific emphasis will be placed on a number of key sites, both in Italy (Rome, Pompeii, Ostia) and in the Roman provinces. Furthermore, we will deal with the enduring importance (and misuse) of the Roman past in modern-day society.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject should:
- Have insight in key topics (daily life, public and private architecture, religion, social practices, economy) relating to the Roman World from the Early Republic until the Fall of the Roman Empire.
- Have an understanding of the key sites and types of material evidence and how they inform us on Roman society.
- Be able to evaluate and contrast these forms of evidence and assess their limits and credibility.
- be skilled in critical thinking and analysis.
- possess effective written communication skills.
- have an understanding of social, ethical and cultural context.
Last updated: 8 August 2023