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Please prepare the reading assignments in anticipation of class discussion.

PART I: Overview of Roman archaeology, art and architecture

Week 1

Monday: Introduction; Prehistoric Italy, archaic Rome to the 4th century CE

Reading due before class on Monday: Claridge, pp. 4-9, 52-54, 104-113; Watkin, Intro and Ch 1
  • Intro to excavating
  • Italy before the Romans: the Etruscans, the Greeks, and Latins
  • The Roman monarchy (753-509 BCE) and early-mid Republic (509-146 BCE)
  • Roman religion: VRoma MOO
  • Roman architectural orders and building materials
  • 1:00 p.m. Brooke Bergantzel, Intro to Story Maps
  • 1:30 p.m. Emily Walsh, The Geology of Common Roman Building Materials
  • Reading for Tuesday: Claridge, pp. 4-15, 39-41, 52-54, skim 41-44; Watkin, chs 1-3; Zanker Ch 1; K. Greene, "Discovery, Fieldwork, and Recording," Ch 2 in Archaeology, An Introduction; Fikret Yegul, "Roman Concrete"

Tuesday: Rome in transition to empire (146 BCE - 14 CE)

  • Rome in the late Republic (146-31 BCE) and Augustan principate (31 BCE-14 CE)
  • the Roman Forum
  • Roman Building Types
  • 10:00 p.m. Brooke Bergantzel, Creating a Spreadsheet for Story Maps
  • video: Roman Bath
  • Reading for Wednesday: Claridge, pp. 15-32, 46-52, 55-60; Zanker, chs 2, 4; K. Greene, "Dating the Past"

Wednesday: Rome under the Emperors (14 - 330 CE)

  • Rome from Tiberius to Constantine (14 - 330 CE)
  • Roman building materials and building techniques
  • 11:00 a.m. Brian Johns, Stress Points and Architectural Challenges in Roman architecture
  • 1:00 p.m. Prof. Cindy Strong and Brianna Christensen, Chemical Analysis of Ceramics
  • video: In the Shadow of Vesuvius
  • Review for quiz on Thursday on the flight
    Reading for Friday: Larissa Bonfante, "Daily Life and Afterlife," Etruscan Life and Afterlife, ed. L. Bonfante. Detroit: Wayne State, 1986. 232-78.

Part II: Trip to Italy

Thursday: Travel Day

  • Quiz on flight to Rome

Friday: Arrival in Rome; Ancient Etruria

  • Cerveteri (ancient Caere) and Tarquinia
  • Reading for Saturday: Alta Macadam, "Volterra," Blue Guide Tuscany. 5th ed. Somerset Books, 2009.

Saturday: Etruscan towns and Roman colonies

  • Cosa, Rome's first colony (founded 273 BCE)
  • Volterra, Tuscan hill town (Etruscan temples, burials, Roman theater, medieval town hall)
  • Reading for Monday: Alta Macadam, "Fiesole," Blue Guide Tuscany. 5th ed. Somerset Books, 2009.

Week 2

Sunday: Free Day

  • Free day to explore Florence; optional visit to National Archaeological Museum, Bargello, Uffizi, Academia, or Boboli Gardens

Monday: Ancient and Medieval Florence

  • Roman Fiesole
  • visits to the Baptistry, Santa Reparata, Roman scavi under Pal. Vecchio
  • Reading for Tuesday: Elizabeth Bartman, "Collecting in Pre-Modern Europe." The Oxford Handbook of Roman Sculpture. Ed. E. Friedland, M. G. Sobocinski, and E. Gazda. Oxford 2015. 13-26.
    Diane Favro, "A Walk through Republican Rome, 52 B.C.," The Urban Image of Augustan Rome. Cambridge 1996. 24-41.
    Zanker, pp. 67-99, 187-95
    Claridge, pp. 279-300.

Tuesday: Republican Rome: The Triumphal Way

  • Capitoline Museums, Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus
  • Archaic and Republican temples (Sant' Omobono), Republican victory temples, temple of Portunus, round temple, S. Maria in Cosmedin, Arch of the Argentarii, Circus Maximus
  • Reading for Wednesday: Watkin, chs 4-6

Wednesday: Forum, Palatine, Colosseum

  • Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Flavian Amphitheater (Colosseum)
  • Reading for Wednesday: Woodhull, Margaret. "Engendering Space: Octavia's Portico in Rome." Aurora 4 (2003) 13-33.
    Kellum, Barbara. "What We See and What We Don't See: Narrative Structure and the Ara Pacis Augustae." Art History 17 (1994) 26-45. Claridge, pp. 197-216, 239-46, 253-56.


Thursday: Augustan Transformation of Rome

  • Temple of Apollo Sosianus, Porticus Octaviae, Theater of Pompey, four Republican temples at Largo Argentina, Solarium, Ara Pacis, Mausoleum of Augustus
  • Reading for Friday: Wallace-Hadrill, Andrew. "Reading the Roman House." Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum. Princeton, 1994. 3-16.
    Allison, Penelope. "Domestic Spaces and activities." The World of Pompeii, ed. J. Dobbins and P. Foss. Routledge 2007. 269-78.
    Jongman, Willem. "The loss of innocence: Pompeian economy and society between past and present." The World of Pompeii, ed. J. Dobbins and P. Foss. Routledge 2007. 499-517.
    Ellis, Steven. "The Distribution of Bars at Pompeii: Archaeological, Spatial, and Viewshed Analyses." JRA 17 (2004) 371-84.

Friday: Pompeii

  • Pompeii: Forum, domestic space, entertainment complex, bars, workshops, baths, tombs, Villa of the Mysteries, etc.
  • Reading for Saturday: Wallace-Hadrill, Andrew. "The Politics of Archaeology" and "The Future of the Past." Herculaneum, Past and Future. Frances Lincoln, 2011. Chs 2 and 11.
    "Provenance and Cultural Property"; UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property; International Council of Museums Code of Ethics; Archaeological Institute of America Code of Ethics; Archaeological Institute of America Code of Profesional Standards
    Eakin, Hugh. "An Odyssey in Antiquities Ends in Questions at the Getty Museum." New York Times 15 Oct 2005.

Saturday: Herculaneum

  • Herculaneum
  • Naples: National Archaeological Museum
  • Reading for Monday: John R. Clarke, "Augustus' and Trajan's Messages to Commoners." Art in the Lives of Ordinary Romans. California 2003. 19-41.
    Claridge, pp. 162-96 (imperial fora); 226-32 (Pantheon)

Week 3

Sunday: Free Day

  • Free Day to explore Rome. Optional visits to Catacombs of St. Callixtus, Villa Giulia Etruscan Museum, National Museum Baths of Diocletian and National Museum Palazzo Massimo delle Terme, Borghese Gardens, Borghese Gallery (ticket reservation required:

Monday: Imperial Fora and Campus Martius

  • Nero's Golden House (Domus Aurea); imperial fora; markets of Trajan; Castel Sant' Angelo (Hadrian's mausoleum); Pantheon
  • Reading for Tuesday: Fred Kleiner, "Ostia: Port and Mirror of Rome." A History of Roman Art. Thomson-Wadsworth 2007. 203-15. Reading: Zanker, pp. 97-119, 145-61

Tuesday: Ostia Antica

  • Ostia, Rome's port
  • Reading for Wednesday: Claridge, pp. 308-12, 357-65, 373-83, 439-41

Wednesday: High Empire, Early Christian Rome

  • Nero's Nymphaeum, Baths of Caracalla, Arch of Constantine
  • Santa Costanza (mausoleum of Constantina), St John Lateran Baptistery, Castrense Amphitheater, Sessorium
  • Reading for Thursday: George L. Hersey, "The Sistine Chapel and The Last Judgment." High Renaissance Art in St. Peter's and the Vatican. Chicago, 1993. 177-224.

Thursday: Classical Antiquity in the Renaissance and Baroque

  • Vatican Museums
  • Piazza di San Pietro, Filarete's doors, Basilica of St Peter

Friday: Travel Day

Week 4

Monday: Work Session

  • Story Maps work session

Tuesday: Presentations

Wednesday: Final Papers due

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