The Ancient City

In this collaboratively taught course, we examine the chief elements of ancient Rome and its civilization by direct exposure to and study of the ancient monuments found in Rome, as well as various ancient sites in the vicinity of the city, around the Bay of Naples, and on the island of Sicily. Emphasis is on the nature of the monuments in their present state of preservation; their original architectural forms; and their function(s) in the society that produced them. Focusing on the ancient period of Rome’s life, we interrogate key questions in urban history and archaeology and the study of the Roman world: What are the relationships among social and political structures – such as religion, slavery, gender, or republican institutions – and the physical structures in the city of Rome? How was the city shaped by the wider Mediterranean context and Rome’s role in it as an imperial power? Who lived in Rome, how did they live, and how can we know about them?

Last taught: Spring 2016 at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies

Co-Instructors: Garrett G. Fagan | Matthew Panciera | Alice Hu

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