Postgraduate Course: Roman Funerary Art (PGHC11138)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course entails the study of the funerary monuments of the Roman world (from the late Republic to the time of Constantine), with particular emphasis on those of the city of Rome. The course focuses on their typology, iconography and significance for our understanding of Roman society and belief.
This course entails the study of the funerary monuments of the Roman world (from the late Republic to the time of Constantine), with particular emphasis on those of the city of Rome. The types of funerary art considered include tomb architecture, tomb painting and other forms of decoration of the interiors of tombs, statues and busts associated with tombs, reliefs and gravestones, and containers of the final remains of the dead such as ash chests and sarcophagi. Some of the regional variations produced in the provinces of the Roman empire may also be studied. These works of art will be considered from the view point of their iconography, style and social context.
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate in their essay(s) and contribution to discussion in class a detailed and critical command of the body of knowledge concerning representative examples of Roman funerary art and its iconography.
- Demonstrate in their essay(s) and contribution to discussion in class an ability to analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship concerning the meaning of key motifs in relation to Roman society and beliefs
- Demonstrate in their essay(s) and contribution to discussion in class an ability to understand and apply specialised research skills, techniques and practices considered in the course such as reading simple funerary inscriptions and recognising and interpreting common motifs.
- Demonstrate the ability to develop and sustain original scholarly arguments in oral and written form in their essays and contributions to class discussion by independently formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence considered in the course;
- Demonstrate in their essay(s) and contribution to discussion in class originality and independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers; and a considerable degree of autonomy.
|Borbonus, D. (2014) Columbarium Tombs and Collective Identity in Augustan Rome, Dayton|
Carroll, M. (2006) Spirits of the dead. Roman funerary Commemoration in Western Europe Oxford.
Davies, G (2003) 'Roman funerary symbolism in the early Empire', in Inhabiting
Symbols: Symbol and Image in the Ancient Mediterranean. Accordia
Research Institute, ed. J. B. Wilkins and E. Herring. London.
Davies, P.J.E. (2000) Death and the Emperor: Roman Imperial Funerary Monuments From Augustus to Marcus Aurelius Cambridge
Elsner, J and Huskinson, J. (2011) Life, Death and Representation. Some New Work on Roman Sarcophagi Berlin and New York
Kockel, V. (1983) Die Grabbauten vor dem Herkulaner Tor in Pompeji Mainz
Koortbojian, M. (1995) Myth, Meaning and Memory on Roman Sarcophagi Berkeley and London
Ross Holloway, R. (1994) The Archaeology of Early Rome and Latium London
Steingräber, S. (1986) Etruscan Painting New York
Stevenson, J.( 1978) The Catacombs: rediscovered monuments of early Christianity London
Zanker, P. and Ewald, B. C. (2011) Living with Myths. The imagery of Roman Sarcophagi Oxford (= Mit Mythen leben. Die Bilderwelt der römischen Sarkophage. Munich 2004).
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|Keywords||Roman Funerary Art
|Course organiser||Dr Glenys Davies
Tel: (0131 6)50 3592
|Course secretary||Mr Gordon Littlejohn
Tel: (0131 6)51 7454