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CLU22126 Living on the Bay of Naples

Cicero described the Bay of Naples as “….that Bay of Luxury”, but to what extent was that true? This module will explore the archaeology of the area, with a particular emphasis on the late Republican and Roman development of such familiar Roman sites as Herculaneum, Pompeii, and the suburban villas and farms in the area, as well as Puteoli, Naples and the Phlegrean Fields (Campi Flegrei). Economic, social and culture issues will be addressed through a close study of the rich evidence from this region. New archaeological evidence from excavations carried out in the last few years will be included in order to re-evaluate its importance in both the Roman period and within modern scholarship today. A special study will be made of the eruption of Vesuvius in AD79 which has a unique combination of primary evidence (documentary, vulcanological, archaeological, botanical) allowing a detailed reconstruction of this catastrophic event and enabling a close study of the mechanisms of archaeological survival.
  • Module Organiser:
    • Dr Hazel Dodge
  • Duration:
    • Semester 2
  • Contact Hours:
    • 16 (11 lectures, 5 seminarss)
  • Weighting:
    • 5 ECTS
  • Assessment:
    • 100% coursework (two written assignments)
  • Course Open To:
    • Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology; TJH Ancient History and Archaeology; Columbia Dual Degree; Ancient and Medieval History and Culture; Visiting; Open Module

Learning Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate sound historical and geographical knowledge of the Bay of Naples area within the broader context of Roman Italy.
  • Apply visual and spatial skills to the analysis of artefacts, architectural plans and other archaeological diagrams relating to the main sites covered.
  • Apply knowledge of primary sources (archaeological, artistic, textual) relevant to the module and evaluate them together critically.
  • Evaluate the major theoretical approaches, debates and scholarship relevant to the module.
  • Discuss the above, both orally and in written form, in a clear and scholarly manner.
  • Work effectively in small groups