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Undergraduate Course: Roman Architecture (CACA10036)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides a detail examination of the materials, technology, and function of Roman buildings, as well as their appearance and effect, from the middle Republic to the Late Roman period, and from all areas of the Roman world.
Course description Architecture was the Roman art par excellence, and Roman buildings provide some of the most impressive and best preserved monuments from the ancient world. The long imperial Roman peace has left the densest and most varied architectural record of any period of antiquity, and at the height of the empire more cities, communities, and individuals than ever before came to invest in monumental built structures. This course studies the materials, technology, and functions of these buildings as well as their appearance and effect, from the middle Republic through to the Late Roman period, in all areas of the Roman empire. Students will learn about major monuments in Rome and Italy and other leading centres of the empire (such as Athens, Ephesus, Palmyra, and Lepcis Magna) and about the main strands and contexts of construction in the eastern and western provinces. They will become familiar with analyzing the technical aspects of Roman construction as well as the artistic, with additional weeks devoted to Roman writing on architecture and the diversity of construction around the empire.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Roman Art and Archaeology (CACA08011) OR ( Architectural History 2a: Order & the City (ARHI08006) AND Architectural History 2b: Culture & the City (ARHI08007))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Entry is at the course organiser's discretion.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter (at least 1 of which should be in Classical 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.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  24
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework:
3,000 word creative portfolio (e.g. Building Tender) (50%)
3,000 word essay (50%)
Feedback Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser. Office hours for this course will run during the semester. Students may also arrange to meet with the Course Organiser at other times.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate understanding of the materials and techniques of Roman construction, as well as their significance
  2. demonstrate familiarity with the range of building types constructed in the Roman period, as well as their chronological and regional variety
  3. analyse Roman architecture from a variety of perspectives, drawing on standing remains, excavation reports, reconstructions, literary and epigraphic sources,
  4. demonstrate an awareness of scholarship on Roman architecture and new developments in the field
Reading List
Anderson, J.C. (1997), Roman Architecture and Society, Baltimore and London.

Böethius, A. (2nd edn. 1978), Etruscan and Early Roman Architecture, Harmondsworth.

DeLaine, J. (2023), Roman Architecture, Oxford.

Favro, D. and Yegül, F. (2019), Roman Architecture and Urbanism: From the Origins to Late Antiquity, Cambridge.

Gros, P. (1996), L'architecture romaine du début du IIIe siècle av. J.C. à la fin du Haut-Empire, 1: Les monuments publics, Paris.

Gros, P. (2001), L'architecture romaine du début du IIIe siècle av. J.C. à la fin du Haut-Empire, 2: Maisons, palais, villa et tombeaux, Paris.

Lancaster, L. (2005), Concrete Vaulted Construction in Imperial Rome: Innovations in Context, Cambridge.

MacDonald, W.L. (1982), The Architecture of the Roman Empire. An Introductory Study, 2 vols., New Haven.

Rowland, I.D., and Noble Howe, T., eds (1999), Vitruvius, Ten Books on Architecture, Cambridge.

Sear, F. (2nd edn; 1982), Roman Architecture, London.

Ward-Perkins, J.B. (2nd edn; 1981). Roman Imperial Architecture, Harmondsworth.

Wilson Jones, M. (2000), Principles of Roman Architecture, New Haven.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will demonstrate that they can:
- gather material independently on a given topic and organise it into a coherent data set;
- compare differing sets of data from varying situations and draw conclusions from them;
- evaluate different approaches to and explanations of material, and make critical choices between them;
- express clearly ideas and arguments, both orally and in writing;
- organise complex and lengthy sets of arguments and draw these together into a coherent conclusion;
- organise their own learning, manage their workload and work to a timetable.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Benjamin Russell
Course secretaryMr Rob Hutchinson
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