CLST 395 Topography of Rome
Summer 2016 - Session I
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO
John Felice Rome Center
TOPOGRAPHY OF ROME (CLST 395)
Dr. Valentina Follo
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This course engages students in an intensive investigation of Rome's urban topography and development from the founding of the city to the age of Constantine (753 B.C.-A.D. 337). A historical overview serves as a springboard into the exploration of the city’s complex stratigraphy. Students become familiar with building materials and architectural techniques, as they also discover Rome’s multiple ancient layers beneath its modern and contemporary urban fabric.
The nature of archaeological evidence and the extent to which it contributes to our understanding of past civilizations will be considered together with the challenges posed by its conservation and preservation. The course examines the role that archaeological sites and museums play as key resources for information on society in antiquity, and classes take full advantage of the contexts they provide for both the public and private domains. Moreover, an analysis of the built environment and scrutiny of primary and secondary sources afford participants the opportunity to gain greater insights not only into the daily life of ancient Romans but also their own perception of their city. To this end, the majority of sessions will be held on site.
By the end of the term, students will be able to identify the main phases of Rome’s urbanization and their chief features, as well as link historical events to relevant sites, topography and monuments. Furthermore, participants will recognize the interrelationships between Roman art and architecture and political propaganda, piecing together a detailed picture of the political and religious organization of Roman society, whose reflection students learn to discern in the urban fabric. Students will also obtain a deeper knowledge of the use of primary and secondary sources pertaining to Roman society.
ON SITE PRESENTATION 15%
WRITTEN REPORT ON PRESENTATION 20%
MIDTERM EXAM 25%
FINAL EXAM 30%
For the on site presentation, students will examine one ancient monument chosen from a list provided. The presentation should last 15 minutes and provide a thorough assessment of the structure, including a historical overview, its context, function, dates, afterlife, and decorative program. Both primary and secondary sources should be employed.
Also for the presentation, at least four independent and scholarly sources should be consulted (e.g. books on reserve, Jstor, and the Muse project). Online resources are permitted from the list provided, while the use of other websites must be approved by the instructor. The day of the presentation the student is expected to provide a detailed outline, drawings, maps or other pertinent visual material along with a list of references; these are to be succeeded by a written report (5-6 pages long) by the end of the term (June 18th).
Active participation constitutes an important portion of the final grade, and does NOT refer solely to consistent attendance and punctuality, but rather to regular class interaction, entailing both questions and thoughtful responses.
Both the midterm and the final examination will share a mixture of multiple choice and True/False questions, Q&A, and picture identifications.
ATTENDANCE: Attendance is mandatory. Students are allowed 1 (one) unexcused absence. Any absence beyond that will result in a deduction of two percentage points from the final grade for each additional absence. Exams, presentations or other work missed without a documented medical or family emergency will result in a failing grade for that exam or assignment.
TARDINESS: Punctuality is essential, both as a form of respect for your fellow colleagues as well as for the instructor. More than 15 minutes late will count as an unexcused absence, and the class will commence without the student.
HOLY CROSS’S ACADEMIC INTEGRITY CODE will be implemented in this course with a zero tolerance policy for academic dishonesty.
· Amanda Claridge, Rome (Oxford Archaeological Guides), 2010 (2nd ed.)
During the term specific readings might be assigned from the books on reserve in the library or distributed to students directly in class. The reading assignments must be done before each session to enable full participation in class discussions.
BOOKS ON RESERVE: The books on reserve are suggested readings to
Valentina Follo graduated summa cum laude in classical archaeology at the University La Sapienza in Rome, holds a master’s in pedagogy of antiquity from the University of Ferrara and a Ph.D. in Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World from the University of Pennsylvania. She is curator of the Norton-Van Buren Archaeological Study Collection at the American Academy in Rome. Valentina has published on both the reaffirmation and the repudiation of ancient Greco-Roman models in early modern and contemporary art and architectural practices.
Estimated entrance fee $60 per student
- WEEK 1 MAKING THE CITY
Session 1 (24/05): Introduction: historical overview, architectural orders and building typologies, city walls. IN CLASS SESSION
- Claridge, pp.3-61
MEETING POINT: Classroom
Session 2 (26/05): The Tiber and the Tiber Island, Cloaca Maxima, the Forum Boarium, The sacred area of Sant’Omobono, The Capitoline Hill (with the Capitoline Museums). ON SITE SESSION
- Claridge, pp.257-274, 279-288, 291-294.
MEETING POINT: Outside of Santa Maria in Cosmedin (Piazza Bocca della Verità, 18)
- WEEK 2 FROM THE REPUBLIC TO AUGUSTUS
Session 1 (31/05): The Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill (including the Museum). ON SITE SESSION
MEETING POINT: Entrance to the Palatine Hill (on Via di San Gregorio)
Session 2 (02/06): Theater of Marcellus, Porticus of Octavia, Temple of Apollo Sosiano, Largo Argentina, Theater of Pompey and Theater of Balbus, Pantheon, Obelisk, Mausoleum of Augustus, Ara Pacis-. ON SITE SESSION
- Claridge, pp.197-216, 226-234, 239-256 (no Temple via delle Botteghe Oscure ad Insula Via San Paolo alla regola), 274-279, 291-293
MEETING POINT: At the gate of the Theater of Marcellus (on Via del Teatro di Marcello)
- WEEK 3 THE IMPERIAL CITY
Session 1 (07/06): MIDTERM QUIZ. The Golden House of Nero and the Colosseum. ON SITE SESSION
- Claridge, pp. 301-319
MEETING POINT: the Colosseum
Session 2 (09/06): Imperial Fora, Aqua Virgo, Hadrianeum, Columns of Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius, Stadium of Domitian. ON SITE SESSION
- Claridge, pp.160-196, 216 (column of Antoninus Pius)-226, 234-239
MEETING POINT: Entrance to Trajan’s Market (on Via IV Novembre, 94)
- WEEK 4 THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE CITY
Session 1 (14/06): The Appian way - Circus Maximus, Baths of Caracalla, Museo delle Mura. ON SITE SESSION
- Claridge, pp.299-300, 341-342, 356-365, 369-371, 416-417, 426-431.
MEETING POINT: Circo Massimo exit of the metro B line (at the entrance of the UN building)
Session 2 (16/06): Baths of Diocletian and Museo Nazionale Romano. ON SITE SESSION
- Claridge, pp.390-395
MEETING POINT: Main entrance to the Museo Nazionale (on the Viale Enrico De Nicola, 79)
- WEEK 5 A CITY OUTSIDE THE CITY
Session 1 (21/06): The harbor city of Ostia.
Departure at 8:30am from Rome, return by 1:30 p.m. ON SITE SESSION
MEETING POINT: Entrance of the metro B line (Piramide station)
Session 2 (23/06): FINAL EXAM, starts at 9:00am
MEETING POINT: Classroom