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Unit information: The Archaeology and Topography of Ancient Rome in 2015/16

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Unit name The Archaeology and Topography of Ancient Rome
Unit code ARCH20024
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Hodos
Open unit status Open




School/department Department of Anthropology and Archaeology
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit offers an intensive 12-day programme of visits to the sites, monuments and museums of ancient Rome and its vicinity, accompanied by experts in the field and integrated with a series of evening lectures. The unit takes place in and around Rome and is run by the British School at Rome. Application to the programme must be made during the spring of the calender year during which the student hopes to participate. There is a fee for this unit; bursaries are available to offset the costs.

Aims- To introduce students to the study of:

  • The material culture and the built environment of the city of Rome over several millennia
  • The relationship between archaeological sites and their environment
  • The diachronic change in individual sites and across wider regions
  • The comparison between textual and archaeological evidence

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of the unit, a successful student will be able to:

1) Recognise a number of major archaeological sites and museums in and around Rome

2) Interpret archaeological remains in context (site; environment; museum)

3)Compare and contrast textual and archaeological evidence

Teaching Information

Teaching is conducted over 12 days during September via guided site and museum visits in and around Rome, and supplemented by evening lectures while in Rome.

Individual tutorials are offered in the UK to assist the student in preparing the application prior to departure, and in preparing for the assessment upon return.

Assessment Information

One notebook (100%). Assesses ILOs 1-3

Reading and References

Claridge, A. 1998. Rome. An Oxford Archaeological Guide. Oxford:Oxford University Press

Dudley, D. 1967. Urbs Roma. A Sourcebook of Classical Texts on the City and its Monuments . London: Phaidon Press

Edwards, C. and Woolf, G. eds. 2003. Rome the Cosmopolis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Purcell, N. 1994. The city of Rome and the plebs urbana in the late Republic. In J.B. Bury, S.A. Cook, F.E. Adcock, eds. Cambridge Ancient History 9, 644089. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Purcell, N. 1996. Rome and its development under Augustus and his successors. In J.A. Crook, A. Lintott and E. Rawson, eds. Cambridge Ancient History 10, 782-812. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Purcell, N. 2000. Rome and Italy. In A.K. Bowman, P. Garnsey, D. Rathbone, eds. Cambridge Ancient History 11, 405-23. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Zanker, P. 1988. The power of images int he age of Augustus . Ann Arbor; University of Michigan Press