This course will survey roman archaeology in Italy 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 of non-Roman cultures, such as the Etruscans. The course will offer an overview of 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 the culture, society, economy and religion of the Italian peninsula.
Estimated cost of materials: less than $50. D.1