Undergraduate Course: The City in the Late Antique Mediterranean World (CACA10042)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course uses texts and material culture to examine how people lived in, thought about and interacted with urban spaces and how these practices changed through time.
How did the cities in the Mediterranean world develop from the fourth to the eighth century? How did the arrival of Christianity and Islam influence the built environments and how did the urban populations engage with the monuments of the pasts? This course uses texts and material culture (art, architecture and objects) to examine how people lived in, thought about and interacted with the urban space. We begin with a critical examination of the models that scholars have used to explore the process of urban change. The course adopts a thematic approach by addressing the organisation of physical space, examining the fabric of the late antique city, and exploring social and religious practices in the urban environment. Towards the end of the course, we return to the present to explore how archaeological practices and heritage management influences our view of the late antique city.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics, History or Archaeology (at least 1 of which should be in Classical Art and 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.
** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate, in seminar discussion and coursework, an ability to critically engage with archaeological publications;
- demonstrate, in seminar discussion and coursework, an ability to analyse the development of cities using different strands of material culture;
- demonstrate, in seminar discussion and coursework, the ability to summarise the main interpretative models that have dominated the study of cities and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses;
- demonstrate, in class discussion and coursework, a sound knowledge of the material culture of cities in the Mediterranean world from the fourth to the eighth century;
- demonstrate, in class discussion and coursework, bibliographical research skills and to be able to independently find additional information on topics related to the archaeology of late antique cities.
|Avni, G. 2014. The Byzantine-Islamic transition in Palestine: an archaeological approach. Oxford.|
Ball, W. 2015. Rome in the East. London and New York.
Bowden, W. and Lavan, L. (eds.) 2001. Recent research in late antique urbanism. Portsmouth.
Christie, N. and Loseby, S.T. (eds.) 1996. Towns in transition: urban evolution in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages. Aldershot.
Dey, H.W. 2015. The afterlife of the Roman city: architecture and ceremony in late antiquity and the early middle ages. New York.
Jacobs, I. 2013. Aesthetic maintenance of civic space: the 'Classical' city from the 4th to the 7th c. AD. Leuven.
Lavan, L., Özgenel, L. and Sarantis, A.C. 2007. Housing in late antiquity: from palaces to shops. Leiden.
Leone, A. 2013. The end of the pagan city: religion, economy, and urbanism in late antique North Africa. Oxford.
Smith, R.R.R. and Ward-Perkins, B. (eds.) 2016. The last statues of Antiquity. Oxford.
Yegül, F.K. 1992. Baths and bathing in classical antiquity. New York.
Weiss, Z. 2014. Public spectacles in Roman and Late Antique Palestine. Cambridge.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Louise Blanke
Tel: (0131 6)50 2368
|Course secretary||Miss Rachel Ord
Tel: (0131 6)50 3580