Undergraduate Course: Roman Art and Archaeology (CACA08011)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course focuses on the material culture of the Roman world from the early history of Rome through to the early Christian period (c. 8th century BC - 4th century AD). The lectures will examine different strands of the art and archaeology of this period, exploring what these reveal about contemporary society and culture, urban and rural life, religious practices, death and burial, visual display, domestic life, the negotiation of status and power, warfare, and interactions between groups within and beyond the Roman empire.
This course focuses on the material culture of the Roman world from the early history of Rome through to the early Christian period (c. 8th century BC - 4th century AD). The lectures will examine different strands of the art and archaeology of this period, exploring what these reveal about contemporary society and culture, urban and rural life, religious practices, death and burial, visual display, domestic life, the negotiation of status and power, warfare, and interactions between groups within and beyond the Roman empire. Emphasis will be placed on considering the potential and limitations of the archaeological record and its role in elucidating patterns of change and heterogeneity across time and space, from the city of Rome to the most distant reaches of Roman influence.
A typical lecture schedule for the course will look as follows:
W1: Early Italy and Rome
W2: The City of Rome
W3: Roman Architecture
W4: Imperial monuments: art and ideology
W5: Art in the private sphere
W6: Urbanization and civic life
W7: Death and burial
W8: The Roman countryside
W9: Trade and the economy
W10: Frontiers and the military
W11: The view from the provinces
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass in any first level course achieved no later than August of the previous academic year.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Coursework: 2,500 word written assignment (30%)
Exam 2 hour paper (50%), and
Slide Test (20%). The slide test will last 1 hour and require students to comment on 6 images.
You must attempt all elements of assessment to pass the course. If you have achieved a pass mark overall but fail to submit a coursework essay or to sit the slide test, you will be given a Force Fail result
||- A formative session on the slide test and practice slide test will be held in advance of the test.
- Detailed feedback will be provided on the slide test itself.
- Detailed written feedback will be given to all students when the course assignment is returned.
- The lecturer will be available to answer questions by email or to meet students individually during designated office hours to discuss their assignments and any questions they have.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, a sound knowledge of the subject considered in the course;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to assimilate a variety of sources and formulate critical opinions on them;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to research, structure and complete written work of a specified length, or within a specified time;
- demonstrate an ability to make informed contributions to class discussion and give an oral presentation as required;
- demonstrate an ability to organise their own learning, manage their workload, and work to a timetable.
|Alcock, S.E. ed. (1997), The Early Roman Empire in the East, Oxford. |
Alcock, S.E. and Osborne, R. eds (2012), Classical Archaeology (Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology), 2nd edition, Oxford.
Blagg, T.F.C. and Millett, M. eds (1990), The Early Roman Empire in the West, Oxford.
Collis, J. (2001), Digging up the Past, An Introduction to Archaeological Excavation, Stroud.
Coulston, J. and Dodge, H. eds (2000), Ancient Rome: Archaeology of the Eternal City, Oxford.
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.
Henig, M. ed. (1983), A Handbook of Roman Art, 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.
Stewart, P. (2008), The Social History of Roman Art, Cambridge.
Ward-Perkins, J.B. (1981), Roman Imperial Architecture, Harmondsworth.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||In addition to the ILOs below that contain already some transferable skills (such as the capacity to compare cognate yet complex materials), students who successfully complete the course will also gain:
- an enhancement of critical skills in reading and debate through engagement with alternative approaches and ideas
- an improvement of skills in conducting research and writing essays
- an ability to organise complex arguments and draw these together into a coherent conclusion
- organisational skills enabling them to structure their own learning, manage their workload and work to a timetable.
|Course organiser||Dr Louise Blanke
Tel: (0131 6)50 2368
|Course secretary||Miss Katherine Perry