Fulfills the L & S breadth requirement in Arts and Literature or Historical Studies.
What does archaeology tell us about Roman culture, art, and society? How do artifacts communicate ideas and concerns that are characteristically Roman? This course traces the development of Roman material culture from the Iron Age to the late Roman Empire. By studying the extant remains of private homes, villas, and public buildings, we will seek to reconstruct the life of the inhabitants of the empire as it was played out in various urban settings. An interdisciplinary approach, combining the evidence of archaeology, art history, and history, will allow us to look at how the city, the villa, or the home expressed personal and public values. Likewise, we will explore the vast civic and religious areas of Roman cities in an attempt to better understand the shared values of this sprawling empire. This course provides a systematic engagement with an ancient culture which has left a significant legacy to the modern world.
The course will be offered without discussion sections this Spring 2017.