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CLU22130 Living in Roman Italy

This module offers a comprehensive and engaging exploration of life in ancient Italy through the lens of Roman archaeology. Students will embark on a fascinating journey across the Italian peninsula, exploring well-known cities such as Rome, Pompeii and Ostia, as well as more recently excavated sites. From the Roman Republic to Late Antiquity, the module unravels the key archaeological features that characterised these periods. Traversing the intricate network of Roman roads, the module explores both public and private spaces. Students will gain insights into lively fora, luxurious villae and multi-storey insulae, experiencing the daily lives of ancient inhabitants. The module also explores essential infrastructure and facilities such as amphitheatres, aqueducts, ports and baths, providing a rich understanding of the amenities available to the Romans. Beyond a theoretical approach, this module embraces creative methods that bridge the gap between the past and the present. It encourages students to engage in practical applications, providing a holistic learning experience. Last, special attention is given to the enduring legacy of ancient Rome in contemporary Italy. The module critically examines the challenges of presenting and interpreting selected Roman sites, highlighting how ancient history is still embedded in the cultural landscape of contemporary Italy.
  • Module Organiser:
    • Dr Francesco Ripanti
  • Duration:
    • Semester 2
  • Contact Hours:
    • 16 hours (11 hours lectures, 5 seminars)
  • Weighting:
    • 5 ECTS
  • Assessment:
    • 100% coursework
  • Course Open To:
    • Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology; TJH AHA; Columbia Dual Degree; Visiting; Open Module