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AA4002   From Pompeii to Aquileia: the Archaeology of Roman Italy (50 BCE - 300 CE)

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Available to General Degree students with the permission of the Honours Adviser

Planned timetable: TBC

At the height of the empire, Italy was one of the most prosperous and densely populated areas of the Mediterranean. Its centrality in imperial politics and culture, as well as its long history, have contributed to an unparalleled archaeological record that fascinates scholars and the world outside academia. This module will offer an overview of this rich material, exploring a range of issues such as the impact of empire; the nature of local public life; social and economic life; urban and rural settlements; and aspects of religious life. It will include case-studies of cities like Pompeii, Ostia and Aquileia, as well as of regions like the Tiber valley and Sicily. The module will discuss the nature of the archaeological evidence in rural and urban archaeology, and its implications for the understanding of the history and material culture of a key area of the Roman empire.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar and 1 coursework consultation hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 278

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr C Machado