Undergraduate Course: A Topic in Classical Archaeology 4 (CACA10035)
|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||This course aims to introduce students to the study of a particular topic in the archaeology of the Classical world. The topic is chosen by the courser organiser for each outing of the course. Topics may include (but are not restricted to) larger areas of study, such as: The archaeology of the Roman economy; Food and drink in the ancient world; Roman architecture; The Greek city; Roman sculpture; The archaeology of ancient religion; Connections in the ancient world; Greek and Roman housing; or The Roman East.
The core aim of the course is to teach students how to approach the study of a defined topic, how to access the relevant sources and the modern debate, and how to identify important questions and understudied areas within the study of the relevant topic. Students will also learn how the studied topic relates to other areas of archaeology and history, as well as the study of the ancient world more generally. Specific thematic information for each outing of this course will be provided during the course selection process.
There is no predetermined contextual syllabus because the teaching schedule will change with each outing of the course depending on the chosen course topic. The schedule given here is indicative of the methodological and evidence-based issues covered in this course:
W1: Introduction: evidence, models and methods.
W2: Approaching the topic: the state of the field.
W3: Integrating the different bodies of evidence.
W4: Thematic discussion.
W5: Thematic discussion.
W6: Regional case studies.
W7: Thematic discussion.
W8: Thematic discussion.
W9: Diachronic studies.
W10: Beyond the Classical: the topic in other periods.
W11: Conclusion: looking at the wider context.
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.
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- A familiarity with a range of evidence - esp. archaeological, artistic and textual - for the study of the course topic.
- The ability to engage critically with the both the relevant ancient evidence and the modern debate.
- An understanding of the different modern approaches to the study of the course topic and the topic's interrelatedness with the study of other topics in archaeology and ancient history.
- The ability to conduct a sustained individual inquiry into a particular aspect of the course topic (in the coursework essay).
|There is no predetermined reading list because the bibliography will change with each outing of the course depending on the chosen course topic.|
A number of seminal methodological and source-oriented studies will be employed for each outing of the course though:
Alcock, S.E. and Osborne, R. eds (2012), Classical Archaeology (Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology), 2nd edition, Oxford.
Barringer, J. (2015), The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece, Cambridge.
Bintliff, J. (2012), The Complete Archaeology of Greece, Chichester.
Bowkett, D.W., Hill, S.J., Wardle, D., and Wardle, K. A. (2001), Classical Archaeology in the Field: Approaches (Classical World Series), Bristol.
Collis, J. (2001), Digging up the Past, An Introduction to Archaeological Excavation, Stroud.
De Grummond, N. ed. (1996), Encyclopedia of the History of Classical Archaeology, 2 volumes, London.
De Rose Evans, J. ed. (2010), A Companion to the Archaeology of the Roman Republic, Malden, MA, 97-109.
Greene, K. (1986), The Archaeology of the Roman Economy, London.
Greene, K. and Moore, T. (2010), Archaeology: An Introduction, 5th edition, London.
Holloway, R.R. (1994), Archaeology of Early Rome and Latium, London and New York.
Laurence, R. (2012), Roman Archaeology for Historians (Approaching the Ancient World), London.
Mee, C. (2011), Greek Archaeology: A Thematic Approach, Chichester.
Sauer, E. ed. (2004), Archaeology and Ancient History: Breaking Down the Boundaries, London.
Stewart, P. (2008), The Social History of Roman Art, Cambridge.
Trigger, B. (2006), A History of Archaeological Thought, 2nd edition, Cambridge.
Ward-Perkins, J.B. (1981), Roman Imperial Architecture, Harmondsworth.
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||In order for a student from outwith Classics to be enrolled on this course, contact must be made with a Course Secretary on 50 3582 in order for approval to be obtained.
|Keywords||TopicCA4 / Topic in Classical Archaeology 4
|Course organiser||Prof Ian Ralston
Tel: (0131 6)50 2370
|Course secretary||Ms Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582