CLAS 2033 - Art & Archaeology of Rome (8th c. BC- 1st c. AD)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

How does archaeology contribute to our understanding of the development of Roman culture from its Iron Age origins until the 1st century A.D.? We will survey the trends of Roman art and architecture from the Etruscan period into the Early Empire. In particular, we will explore the ancient towns of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Ostia. Some classes will be held in the Museum of Classical Archaeology. Note that attendance at lectures and tutorials is compulsory, since all contain images which may be included in exams.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CLAS 2033
    Course Art & Archaeology of Rome (8th c. BC- 1st c. AD)
    Coordinating Unit Classics
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of level 1 undergraduate study including at least 3 units of level 1 Classics courses
    Incompatible CLAS 2007, CLAS 3007
    Course Description How does archaeology contribute to our understanding of the development of Roman culture from its Iron Age origins until the 1st century A.D.? We will survey the trends of Roman art and architecture from the Etruscan period into the Early Empire. In particular, we will explore the ancient towns of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Ostia. Some classes will be held in the Museum of Classical Archaeology. Note that attendance at lectures and tutorials is compulsory, since all contain images which may be included in exams.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Margaret O'Hea

    Details of contact hours will be made available on MyUni at the start of semester.
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1 understand and identify the major chronological sequence of artefacts, buildings and works of art from the 7th century BC to the early 2nd century AD in Italy
    2 become familiar with the methodological tools used in dating and attributing artefacts and structures from the Roman Republic and Early Empire in Italy
    3 be proficient at the skills of academic research: finding and assessing the value of scholarly works, interpreting them, and presenting archaeological evidence in a coherent, convincing and logical format, using accepted academic conventions
    4 engage productively and respectfully with their peers via problem solving and the sharing of information
    5 use learning technologies relevant to the University’s learning environment
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2 & 3
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2, 3
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 2
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Boethius, A. (1992 or later) Etruscan and Early Roman Architecture. Yale University Press - get whatever edition you can find.
    Tuck, S. (2015) A History of Roman Art. Wiley - available also as a Kindle book
    Recommended Resources
    Boethius, A. (1987 or later edn)  Etruscan and Early Roman Architecture, Pelican History of Art Series – available in all good shops such as the Art Gallery bookshop, Mary Martins, Amazon…

    Berry, J. The Complete Pompeii

    Online Learning
    In addition to the resources on MyUni, there may be some interactive material available in 2014 (more details will become available by the start of semester).
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Two lectures per week, with weekly tutorials. Most tutorials will deepen and extend students' understanding of topics from the lectures and textbooks; some tutorials will also broaden students' perspectives, dealing with areas which lectures cannot cover.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    12 weeks x 3 structured learning hours (2 lectures + 1 hr tutorial) 36
    4 reading hrs pw 48
    2 research hours pw (can include reading) 24
    4 hrs assignment preparation 48
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lecture topics may vary slightly from year to year; a precise guide will be available at the start of semester on MyUni. The tutorial programme will be available to download and view online at MyUni for this course.

    This is a general guide only: some lectures may vary.
    Week 1 Introduction to Roman Art & Etruria
    Week 2 Etruscans
    Week 3 Etruscans to Early Rome
    Week 4  Early Rome & Architecture
    Week 5 Republican Architecture & Sculpture
    Week 6 Augustan art
    Week 7 Julio-Claudian architecture
    Week 8 Pompeii and Herculaneum
    Week 9 Campanian wall-paintings
    Week 10 Campanian interior decoration
    Week 11 Flavian art & architecture
    Week 12  Trajanic art
    Specific Course Requirements
    Regular attendance at lectures and tutorials is required for this course, as images which are used in both will be examined at the end of semester in the visual exam, and may also form part of the formal written examination material.
    Tutorial programme:  Students should note that each must make an oral presentation of  his or her tutorial paper at the tutorial for that particular topic.  A hard copy of the written tutorial paper must be handed in, in person, during that tutorial. Exemptions to this will only be made where a student has made prior arrangements for a late submission without penalty, following the university rules for such an application. Details as to how that submission should be made will be available on MyUni for this course.
    At the first tutorial meeting, students will also be allocated one of a limited number of essay topics. The essay is due in all cases in Week 12. The tutorials for Weeks 7-9, however, will be devoted to material evidence and some readings related to each of those essay topics. All students must make a short oral presentation of their individual essay outline. Details on this will be provided online in MyUni for this course, and discussed in class in Week 1. They will then as a group discuss a specific set of material evidence and/or readings that will be provided by the tutor.
    The aim of this is to ensure that students have begun research on their essay, and are on track with their understanding of key aspects of the relevant archaeological material. The essay will be an individual research project, but a group discussion may benefit students by broadening their understanding of possible approaches to the readings and artefacts for that essay topic, or help to contextualise that topic within a wider set of archaeological material.
    Although the oral presentation of essay-outline will not be directly assessed, it is a mandatory prerequisite for submission of the essay online in week 12.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    1) 8 tutorial discussions and analysis of visual materials presented weekly by and with the course co-ordinator (group size up to 17)

    2) 2 small group discovery activities in the Museum of Classical Archaeology, where students will divide into groups of 3-5 (depending on tutorial group size) and work together on identifying and decribing artefacts, based on preliminary readings and introductory
    discussion/explanation by the course co-ordinator.  They will share their findings with the larger tutorial group.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Museum research assignment (500 wds) Formative and Summative

    Weeks 10-11

    5%  2, 4, 5
     Tutorial paper (ca 1000 wds) Formative and Summative First 6 weeks; due at tutorial for that topic 10% 1, 2, 3
    Research essay (ca 2500 wds) Formative and Summative Due Week 12: also preliminary  presentation on essay topics in tutorials of wks 7-9  35%  1, 2, 3
    Visual test Summative Last lecture in semester 10% 1, 5
    Written exam Summative In university exam period 40% 1, 2, 3
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Regular attendance is required for both lectures and tutorials.

    Assessment Detail
    Details of the format for submission of written work, of the rules for submission and for late submission are all available online at MyUni for this course.
    The research essay will be submitted online, via MyUni for this course.
    The museum research assignment is not in an essay format. It will require the completion of set fields in a proforma that  will be provided to you in MyUni.  It will then be submitted online.
    The tutorial paper will only be accepted in hard copy, with a green Classics coversheet (available from the School of Humanities office on level 7 of the Napier building), at the tutorial for that topic.
    The visual test will cover material (objects, artworks and monuments) viewed in both lectures and tutorials. Review material will be posted up online in MyUni from the tutorial images, as will slides from the lectures. It will test a student's knowledge of date, periodisation, provenance, medium, typology and/or iconography.
    The written exam will take the format of 3 essay-type answers in 2 hours. Students are expected to refer to dated and clearly-identified artefacts, monuments or artworks to support their argument.
    There are no alternative assessments available to either test or exam.

    The rules for late submissions for the essay and tutorial paper, including penalties and the process for applying for late submission without penalty, are all online in MyUni for this course.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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