Undergraduate Course: Roman Interior Design (CACA10025)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Many sites across the Roman world retain evidence for the decoration of the interiors of buildings in the form of wall paintings, mosaics, stucco, statuary and furniture. This course focuses on the ways in which these media were used, both singly and in combination, the extent to which they were designed to fit the shape and purpose of the spaces they occupy, and the social meaning and importance of interior decoration.
The surviving remains from Pompeii, Herculaneum and the city of Rome itself will be studied in some detail, but other sites in Italy and the provinces will also be studied from the point of view of the spread of ideas about interior design from Rome and the development of distinctive regional/local styles and workshops. Much of the decoration will come from houses, but consideration will also be given to the specialist needs of other types of buildings (such as baths and tombs).
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter(at least 2 of which should be in Classical Art/Archaeology) at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
Course Delivery Information
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By the end of the course students should be able to:
- Demonstrate (in the essay and the exam) a knowledge of the main developments within the Roman period of wall painting, mosaic and other decorative arts used for interior design
- Discuss the relationship between the decoration of Roman houses and other buildings and the functions of the spaces decorated
- Describe and analyse the interior decoration of a range of specific examples of Roman buildings (this will be tested in a picture question in the exam)
- Demonstrate an understanding of the role and importance of interior decoration in Roman society, including the Roman provinces
Study in this course should develop:
- skills in interpreting plans and other images
- analytical skills in dealing with secondary sources
- both oral and written presentation skills
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||In order for a student from outwith Classics to be enrolled, contact must be made with a Course Secretary on 50 3580 or 50 3582 in order for approval to be obtained.
|Course organiser||Dr Glenys Davies
Tel: (0131 6)50 3592
|Course secretary||Ms Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582