Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

ClSt 395 Topography of Rome (2)

Summer 2014 - Session I

Loyola University chicago

John Felice Rome Center

Topography of Rome / CLST 395
Summer 2014


Professor:                                Dr. Crispin Corrado

Email:                                       crispincorrado@hotmail.com

Course Meeting Times:             T/Th 9:00 - 12:20

Office Hours:                            By appointment


This course will familiarize students with the topography of the ancient city of Rome, while focusing on architectural development as Rome grew from hilltop village to world city (c. 753 B.C. – A.D. 337). Students will learn Roman building processes, building materials, and building types, as well as the changes in these aspects over the years and what those changes reflected about the current political and cultural transformations that Rome was experiencing. Students will also learn to appreciate Roman expression through building, and recognize the messages carried by individual examples and intended by individual commissioners. In addition, students will obtain a very good idea about the daily lives and movements of the Romans in and around their monuments, through close investigation of the public buildings, and the city itself. Finally, students will come away with a better understanding of what the Romans have left us in terms of physical and cultural legacy, and the many ways in which the ancient city of Rome has influenced the city over time. Students should anticipate needing about €50 to cover entrance fees to museums and monuments.

This course is held completely on-site around the city, and is arranged chronologically and by theme. At each class meeting we will investigate monuments in a different part of the city, and will discuss specific aspects of Roman life. The course will consider the major monuments in Rome, as well as materials used for building. Together the class will also visit the major museum collections in the city, in order to heighten understanding of Roman principles of ornamentation and memory preservation, as well as the original appearance of the ancient monuments and Roman spaces.

Students will consider several different types of evidence, including material culture and literary sources, which will allow and encourage them to think critically, and better understand the sites and monuments visited, as well as the role of the archaeologist in reconstructing the past. The written and oral assignments will help improve research and communication skills.


Preparation and Participation

Your appreciation and understanding of lectures and discussions will be greatly enhanced if you complete reading assignments by their due date, and you will be expected to come to class fully prepared and ready to participate. Attendance is mandatory. Class participation and completion of reading assignments is worth 10% of your final grade.


Oral Presentation

You will be asked to prepare one 20-minute presentations on a specific ancient monument, which will be given to the class on-site. The presentations will be chosen from a list provided. Your presentation should be very thorough and academic. When discussing your monuments, you must provide context (historical review, commissioner and reason for commission, intended uses, and propaganda, if any), measurements and dates, archaeological history, discussion of the monument's later life, and passages from the ancient authors, when possible and relevant. On the day of your presentation, you will be expected to turn in a very detailed outline of your talk, as well as a list of works consulted. Your list of works consulted should include at least five substantive sources (articles and/or books). In conducting your research, please use academic sources only (books and journal articles). Electronic databases, such as JSTOR, and other online academic resources, such as Perseus and www.ostia-antica.com, are acceptable and encouraged; other websites may not be consulted. You may create illustrations or plans to assist you in your presentation; these should be turned in, as well. Your presentation and write-up are worth 25% of your final grade.



A journal of observations, comments, notes, sketches and/or photographs will document the term's educational experience. Documenting what we see by annotated sketches/photographs/maps/schemes forces you to learn about essential physical patterns and relationships in our environment in a way that photography and writing alone cannot. The journal will be reviewed and evaluated at the end of the term for depth of descriptive content, not beautify or artistic skill. The journal is worth 10% of your final grade.



The midterm will count for 25% of your final grade. The final exam is worth 30% of your final grade. Both exams will consist of slide identifications, definitions, and essay questions. The final exam is not cumulative.



The final course grade will be determined according to the following:

                   Preparation and participation:            10 %

                   Midterm exam:                                  25 %

                   Oral Presentation and Write-Up:         25 %

                   Journal:                                            10 %

                   Final exam:                                       30 %

TOTAL:                                                               100%


         N.B. Changes in examination dates are not open to negotiation. Absence from an exam without a   valid excuse will result in a failing grade (0 points) for the exam. Make-up examinations are not given.            The professor reserves the right to change the sequencing of lessons and site visits when necessary.



Attendance is mandatory. Students are allowed one unexcused absence. Any absence beyond that will result in a 3% point deduction for each subsequent absence from the final raw total for that class. Classes start on-site and thus punctuality is essential; three tardy arrivals will count as one unexcused absence.

All students are expected to conduct themselves according to the principles and procedures of academic integrity, per the University's Academic Integrity Code. Infringements will be taken seriously, and disciplinary actions are automatic.



The reading assignment for each class is listed in the syllabus on the day of that class, but should be completed before the class meeting.



            A. Claridge, Rome: An Archaeological Guide

            F. Kleiner, A History of Roman Art


            Suggested Additional Reading:

            J. J. Pollitt, The Art of Rome

            P. J. Aicher, Rome Alive, Vol. I

            D. E. E. Kleiner, Roman Sculpture








Week 1


Tuesday, May 20:

Class Lecture

Course Overview and Introduction


            Meeting Point: JFRC Classroom

Thursday, May 22:

            Lecture: Early Rome, City Boundaries, Death and Burial

            Site Visits: Tiber and Tiber Island, Circus Maximus, the Palatine Hill, the Aventine Hill, the Servian Walls, the Pyramid, and the Aurelianic Walls


            Meeting Point: On the Pons Fabricius (the bridge connecting Tiber Island to the Historic Center)



            Claridge, Introduction and Historical Overview; Chronological Table (pp. 494 – 496)


Week 2


Tuesday, May 27:

            Lecture: The Roman Republic, Architecture Walk, Roman Building Methods and Materials, The Triumphal Parade and Route

            Site Visits: Forum Boarium and the Lower Campus Martius: Theater of Marcellus, Porticus of Octavia, Excavations at Sant’Omobono, Circus Flaminius location, Fabricius’ Bridge, Tiber Island, Mouth of the Cloaca Maxima, Victory Temples in Largo Argentina, Theater of Pompey


            Meeting Point: Outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin/La Bocca della Verita’



            Kleiner, Chapters 1 and 2

            Claridge, Glossary (pp. 39 – 62), and Section “Circus Flaminius to Circus Maximus“ (pp. 274 – 300), and individual entries as appropriate for site visits


Thursday, May 29:

            Lecture: Augustan Rome I, Roman Arts & Propaganda, Roman Roads and Commemorative Monuments

            Site Visits: Augustus’ Horologium, the Ara Pacis & Claudian Altar, Augustus’ Mausoleum, via Flaminia, Column of Marcus Aurelius, Temple of the Deified Hadrian, Pantheon, Stadium of Domitian


            Meeting Point: In front of the Ara Pacis Augustae (Lungotevere in Augusta)



            Kleiner, Chapters 4 and 5

            Claridge, Sections “Field of Mars (pp. 197 – 258), and individual entries as appropriate for site visits


Week 3


Tuesday, June 3:

            MIDTERM EXAM

            Lecture: Roman Wall Painting and Roman Portraiture

            Site Visits: Palazzo Massimo Museum


            Meeting Point: In front of the Termini train station, outside the bookstore



            Kleiner, Chapters 3, 6, 7, 10, 11 and 12

Thursday, June 5:

            Lecture: Augustan Rome II, Rome of the Julio-Claudians and Flavians, Rome’s Population, Society and


            Site Visits: The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill


            Meeting Point: Roman Forum, entrance opposite the via Cavour



            Kleiner, Chapters 8 and 9

            Claridge, Sections “The Roman Forum” (pp. 62 – 103), “The Upper Via Sacra” and “The Palatine Hill” (pp. 104 – 159), and individual entries as appropriate for site visits


Week 4


Tuesday, June 10:

            Lecture: Rome of Trajan and Hadrian, Roman Water Supply,Public Venues

            Site Visits: Tomb of Bibulus, The Imperial Fora & Markets of Trajan, Forma Urbis, Colosseum, Arch of

            Constantine, Ludus Magnus, Circus Maximus, Baths of Caracalla


            Meeting Point: Front Gate of the Vittorio Emanuele Monument, street level, on the left side



            Claridge, Section “Imperial Forums” (pp. 160 – 196), “Caelian Hill and the Inner Via Appia” (pp. 341 – 371 and “Colosseum Valley and Esquiline Hill” (301 – 340), and individual entries as appropriate for site visits


Thursday, June 12:

            Lecture: Decline and Transformation: Rome from the Antonines through Constantine

            Site Visits: Capitoline Museums, The Arch of the Argentarii, the Capitoline Hill: Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus, Asylum, and Tabularium


            Meeting Point: Piazza del Campidoglio, beneath the statue of Marcus Aurelius



            Kleiner, Chapters 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, and 20

            Claridge, Section “Capitoline Hill” (pp. 259 – 273), and individual entries as appropriate for site visits


Week 5


Tuesday, June 17:

            Lecture: Port Cities and Commerce, Review for Final Exam

            Site Visit: Ostia Antica


            Meeting Point: Outside the Train Station (at the café) at Ostia Antica



            Kleiner, Chapter 14

            www.ostia-antica.org for individual monuments


Thursday, June 19:


            Meeting Point: JFRC Classroom