MODULE DESCRIPTION 2017-18

SPRING SEMESTER 15 CREDITS
AAP6107 ROMAN ITALY AND ITS HINTERLAND
CO-ORDINATOR: MAUREEN CARROLL
OTHER TUTORS:

MODULE OUTLINE

Provides you with a detailed knowledge of the archaeology of the Roman Empire, from the city of Rome to settlements in Italy and other regions of Europe. This module consists of two elements:

  • A series of 2-hour lectures (shared with UG module Rome: Capital, Hinterland and Periphery) that: trace the creation and development of Rome as cosmopolis, as well as the transformation of towns in Italy, the Mediterranean and Europe in emulation of Rome; explore and discuss the profound changes in society from Republic to Empire, the political and economic culture of Empire, and the visual and material expression of imperial ideology; examine the dialogue between the living and the dead and its cultural and social implications for Rome.
  • A series of MA-only seminars that explore in detail some of the key research themes of the period.

BROAD ACADEMIC AIMS AND PRINCIPLES OF THE UNIT

This unit aims to:

  • evaluate different types of archaeological and historical evidence;
  • integrate this varied evidence in a theoretically informed manner;
  • explore a range of themes related to Rome and its place within the Roman empire;
  • discuss the ideological, political and cultural development of Rome and explore the implications thereof on provincial societies;
  • investigate the economic and cultural interaction of Rome with its near and distant neighbours.

MEASUREABLE LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this module students should be able to demonstrate:

  • a detailed knowledge of the diversity of Roman culture and its expression in Italy, the Mediterranean and Europe;
  • an ability to assess primary data of different types (artefactual, pictorial, documentary, epigraphic, scientific), based on an understanding of formation processes and cultural practices as well as the limitations of archaeological evidence;
  • an understanding of a range of methods and theoretical approaches applied in Roman archaeology enabling them to understand the changing perspectives within the subject;
  • a detailed knowledge of the archaeology of Roman sites and monuments, as exemplified in a selection of case studies;
  • an ability to analyse and reflect critically upon a range of interpretations of archaeological and historical evidence.

EXAMPLES OF LECTURE/SEMINAR TITLES/TUTORIALS

Our lectures/seminars are highly participative and taught by leaders in their field.

  • Republican Rome in Mediterranean context
  • Society, architecture and power in the city of Rome
  • Rome in the Empire, the Empire in Rome
  • Becoming Roman in Italy: Pompeii and Herculaneum as case studies
  • Death and Burial in Rome

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT SKILLS ACQUIRED

Ability to critically evaluate archaeological and historical evidence and theoretical interpretations; ability to critically synthesise published information; participating in group discussion and presentation skills.


STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND INDEPENDENT STUDY

Type

Hours

Lectures 9
Seminars 2
Independent Study (including preparation for assessments) 129

ASSESSMENT

Method

% of marks

Hours/Length

Essay 100% 3000 words