AR2R8-Rome's Mediterranean Empire

Module Provider: Archaeology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Andrew Souter


Summary module description:

The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the particular character of the archaeological, architectural, documentary, and visual evidence for the Roman presence in the Italian Peninsula and the Mediterranean (c.300 BC to 300 AD). Students will learn to interrogate the theoretical and methodological means through which scholars have approached Roman Mediterranean material culture.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
• recognise and to evaluate the main types of archaeological evidence for the period
• identify social, cultural, material and visual developments in the Mediterranean during this period
• recognise and critically evaluate current theoretical approaches to and interpretations of the period
• organise material and to articulate arguments effectively in writing, both under timed conditions and in assessed essays

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to encourage the development of oral communication skills, team-working and problem-solving in group seminars, and students will have the opportunity for self-study.

Outline content:
This module traces the development of Rome from its beginning on the Italian peninsula through its expansion into the Mediterranean. Lectures will chronologically situate broad themes such as cultural exchanges, stylistic developments, and the roles of material culture. Case studies will be drawn from major sites such as Rome, Pompeii, Ostia, Athens and Aphrodisias. Essays will prepare students to discuss issues of chronology, technique, and style in art and architecture. We will also address overarching issues and themes in archaeology, ancient history and art history through the reading and discussion of current scholarly articles in these fields.

Recommended Core Texts:

Kleiner, F. S. (2007). A History of Roman Art. Belmont, C A, Thomson Wadsworth.
Cornell, Tim and John Mathews (1982) Atlas of the Roman World. Phaidon Press.
Austin, M M (1981). The Hellenistic World from Alexander to the Roman Conquest: A
Selection of Ancient Sources in Translation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Mary Beard and John Henderson (2001). Classical Art: From Greece to Rome
Clarke, J. R. (2006). Art in the lives of Ordinary Romans: Visual Representation and
Non-Eite Viewers in Italy, 100 B.C - A.D 315. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London, University of California Press.
Elsner, J. (1998). Imperial Rome and Christian Triumph: The Art of the Roman Empire AD 100-450. New York, Oxford University Press.
Pollitt, J. J. (2001). The Art of Rome c. 753 B.C.-A.D. 337. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
Wallace-Hadrill, A. (2008) Rome's Cultural Revolution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Mitchell, S. (2007). A History of the Later Roman Empire, AD 284-641: The Transformation of the Ancient World. Malden, MA ; Oxford Blackwell.
Woolf, G., ed., (2003). Cambridge Illustrated History of the Roman World Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Global context:
This module introduces students to the cultural history and material culture of the Mediterranean region as well as North Africa, the Near East, and Europe.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Illustrated lectures, group seminars, and structured group discussions and debates requiring preparatory reading. Students will write one assessed essay, which will be returned in individual tutorials. Students will take an exam that assesses the skills acquired in understanding the geography, terminology, and/or material culture of the Roman Empire.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12
Tutorials 8 2
Guided independent study 153 25
Total hours by term 173.00 27.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 40
Written assignment including essay 60

Other information on summative assessment:
Written assignment (including essay):

Students will write one essay of c.3000 words. The mark of this essay will be counted towards assessment.

Relative percentage of coursework: 60%

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission of course work will be in accordance with University policy.

Written Examination:
One two-hour exam requiring two essay answers.

Relative percentage of exam: 40%

Formative assessment methods:
Students will peer-review essay outlines and bibliographies for the final essay.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    Mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August / September

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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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