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CL7020 The Eternal City: The Archaeology of the City of Rome


Module Organiser: Dr Hazel Dodge
Duration: One Term (2016-17: Sept-Dec)
Contact Hours: 22 hrs (1 x 2-hr seminar p.w.
Weighting: 10 ECTS
Assessment: Continuous assessment (2 written assignments).

Overview and Aims:

This module presents material for the history and archaeology of ancient Rome in an inter-disciplinary manner, with methodological questions and problems being considered throughout.  A time-span from the original development of settlement on the site to the fall of Rome in the West is envisaged.  The objective is to familiarise students with a city which has been a centre of power and religious ritual throughout its existence, in terms of mass residence, political display, and both artistic and architectural elite patronage.  The module  aims to provide a guide through the topography of the modern as well as of the ancient city, making students aware of contemporary controversies concerning urban development and the conservation of antiquities.

Learning Outcomes:

  • On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
  • Outline and explain different aspects of the history of ancient Rome
  • Identify and search for relevant secondary literature
  • Engage with relevant theoretical and critical approaches to the history and archaeology of Rome in this period
  • Apply different techniques of evaluation and interpretation to relevant primary sources and evidence
  • Critique relevant historiography in the light of study of primary sources
  • Present and discuss analysis of questions relating to the history and archaeology of Rome
  • Analyse the impact on Rome of different political, social, artistic and economic developments during the period.

Last updated 27 April 2016