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The City of Rome

At the mention of ancient Rome, most people visualize a grand city full of colossal stone temples, entertainment venues and colonnades, a fitting symbol for one of the greatest empires the world has known.

City of Rome
City of Rome

However, this image is misleading because it is static, an issue often exacerbated in modern scholarship with the common use of anachronistic maps. Cities, modern and ancient, are dynamic and ever changing and Rome was no exception. Rome, as most cities, grew from small beginnings. Over time, the population expanded, the culture of the people developed, and the form of governance changed. These factors alongside the occurrence of natural disasters such as floods, fires and earthquakes, required the construction of new and altered building types which in turn encouraged the use of new materials and the development of new construction techniques.

This module will explore Rome’s physical development in relation to its history from the archaic period through to the fourth century AD. Taking care to understand the problems with the available evidence, we will analyse the archaeology within the context of the historical and literary sources of the time to better understand such matters as the origins and development of building types and infrastructure in the city, the motivations (practical and ideological) for building, the make-up of the population of Rome and their interaction with and views of the cityscape, visibility and access within the city, and Rome’s relationship to its broader landscape and wider transport network.

Details:

Day: Thursday evenings, starting 13 February 2014

Time: 7 - 9 pm

Duration: 12 meetings

 

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