What does Pompeii tell us about Roman art, culture and society? How does the private and public material culture of this city communicate ideas and concerns that are characteristically Roman? By studying the private homes, villas, and public buildings, we will examine ancient Roman life as it was played out at Pompeii and Herculaneum (some of the most famous archaeological sites in the world). By using an interdisciplinary approach (archaeology, art history, and history), we will look at how the city, the villa or the home expressed personal and public beliefs. Likewise, we will explore the vast civic and religious areas of these cities in an attempt to better understand the life of ancient Romans in the Bay of Naples during the first century CE. We will touch upon the complexities of the rediscovery of Pompeii and the ‘reception of the past’ and the profound influence these buried cities have had on Western art. Thus, this class will offer a general introduction into the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum while focusing on certain aspects of art, culture and society.
|Herculaneum Past and Future||Andrew Wallace-Hadrill||Frances Lincoln Ltd.||978-0711231429||2011||Yes|
|The Complete Pompeii||J. Berry||Thames and Hudson||978-0500290927||2007||Yes|