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This subject provides a wide-ranging overview of both overall trends and regional differences in Roman rural occupation and economy between the Archaic period and Late Antiquity. Primarily based on archaeological data, students will be introduced to the key topics in the field, including different forms of rural settlement (villas, farms, villages), the agricultural and non-agricultural economy, Roman colonization and the role of infrastructure. Although the main focus will be on the Italian peninsula, attention will also be drawn to developments in the Roman provinces.
This subject is for students admitted to fourth-year Honours or Graduate Diploma (Advanced) in Ancient World Studies or Classics; or admission to Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, or Graduate Certificate (Advanced) in Classical Studies and Archaeology; or, permission of the subject coordinator.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject should:
- Possess knowledge on the main methods to study the Roman countryside
- Possess an understanding of the complexity and regional diversity of Roman rural occupation and the rural economy
- Understand the main theories and debates in the field and be able to assess their strengths and weaknesses
- be skilled in critical thinking and analysis.
- possess effective written communication skills.
- have an understanding of social, ethical and cultural context.
- develop the ability to plan one’s own work
Last updated: 30 October 2023