Introduction to Roman Archaeology
MWF 2:00-3:00pm
AH Aud C
4 Credit Lecture. Crosslisted with CLARCH 222.001

A survey of Roman archaeology from the Iron Age (9th century BC) to the end of the Western Roman Empire (5th century AD). Particular emphasis will be placed on the processes of urbanization, state formation and imperial expansion and collapse, as well as on the contribution on non-Roman cultures, such as the Etruscan one. The course will be centered on Italy's exceptionally rich archaeological record, which includes highlights such as Etruscan tombs, Roman monumental architecture and Christian catacombs. The archaeological and historical evidence will be combined to reconstruct the long-term development of culture, society, economy and religion within the geographical context of the Italian peninsula. Estimated cost of materials: less than $50. D.1