Introduction to Roman Archaeology
Angell Hall Aud. D
MWF 11:00-12:00pm
4 Credit Lecture

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. Course Requirements: The course grade is composed of an initial quiz (10%), two midterms (25% each), a final (30%), section participation (5%), section attendance (5%). Midterms and final are not cumulative and include true/false, multiple choices, term definitions, image IDs and essay questions. The class assumes no prior knowledge of history or archaeology and is open to anyone interested in ancient Rome. There are two general lectures every week and a section meeting conducted by a Graduate Student Instructor. Section meetings include hands-on sessions in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. D.1