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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Postgraduate (History, Classics and Archaeology)

Postgraduate Course: Roman Sculpture (online) (PGHC11527)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummarySculpture was the Roman medium of display par excellence and vast sums were invested, by individuals and communities, in sculptural programmes. This course aims to introduce students to the varied range of sculpture to have survived from the Roman period, the contexts in which it was produced and displayed, and what it reveals about modes of representation.
Course description The widespread, large-scale use of sculpture was a distinctly Roman phenomenon. In the first and second centuries AD in particular more stone and bronze images were produced than in any comparable period before or since. This course examines the ways in which this sculpture was used, the contexts in which it was displayed, and the methods used to produce it. Detailed case studies of individual monuments, sites, and sculptural assemblages, from across the Roman empire, will further familiarize students with the ways in sculpture was viewed and understood in specific local contexts. Students learn about major monuments in Rome and Italy and other leading centres of the empire (such as Aphrodisias, Athens, Ephesus, and Lepcis Magna) and about the varying strands and contexts of representation in the eastern and western provinces. The materials used for sculpture, the distribution of them, the identify of sculptors, and how we might unravel the manufacturing process will also be examined.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting 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 **
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Recognise and analyse a broad knowledge of different types of Roman sculpture.
  2. Read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship and debates about sculpture from the Roman period.
  3. Analyse visual material from the Roman period and engage in detailed discussion of its significance.
  4. Engage with scholarly arguments, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence (archaeological, historical and epigraphic).
  5. Consider the implications of the knowledge gained in the course for understanding the use of sculpture in the Roman empire.
Reading List
Borg, B. (2015), A Companion to Roman Art (Chichester).

Friedland, E.A., Grunow Sobocinski, M. and E.K. Gazda, eds. (2015), The Oxford Handbook of Roman Sculpture (Oxford).

Kleiner, D.E.E. (1992), Roman Sculpture (New Haven).

Kousser, R.M. (2008), Hellenistic and Roman Ideal Sculpture: The Allure of the Classical (Cambridge).

Marconi, C., ed. (2014), The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Art and Architecture (Oxford).

Rockwell, P. (1993). The Art of Stoneworking. A Reference Guide (Cambridge).

Russell, B. (2013). The Economics of the Roman Stone Trade (Oxford).

Stewart, P. (2003). Statues and Roman Society: Representation and Response (Oxford).

Tuck, S.L. (2015), A History of Roman Art (Chichester).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Assimilate, process and communicate a wide range of information from a variety of sources.
- Process and critically assess information derived from archaeological research, utilising theoretical and methodological knowledge and skills specific to the subject area.
- Provide clear written and oral analyses based on archaeological information.
- Master practical skills in accessing and interpreting archaeological sources.
- Undertake a sustained independent research project in the course essay, and complete it within a strict time limit. - Construct and pursue a coherent argument driven by analysis of the primary source material.
- Analyse, assimilate and deploy critically a range of secondary literature relevant and essential to the student's individual research subject.
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Course organiserDr Benjamin Russell
Course secretaryMrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948
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