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CLST 405 - The Topography of Rome (W)

The course deals with the long process of urban development of Rome, from the Late Bronze Age (10th century BC) to the end of the Ancient World (476 AD), the factors influencing this development, its changing patterns, the aims and  meaning of  the “building policy” and the efforts of urban planning by political authorities, leading figures and emperors.

Over the course of a millennium, from the 8th century BC to the 3rd century AD, the city of Rome evolved from a simple cluster of hilltop villages to the nerve center of a vast empire. When the empire was lost, Rome endured, not physically, but mentally as a symbol of past glory and as one of the cherished birthplaces of Western culture. In this seminar participants will consider the meaning and lived experience of ancient Rome through a survey of some of the most significant monuments. While the focus will be on the ancient city, both the original conception of the monuments and their reception and meaning though to the 21st century will be considered.  

ASSESSMENT:   2 class presentations; research paper; final exam; attendance and participation
TEXTBOOK(s):  Rome and Environs, Filippo Coarelli, University of California Press

INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Barbara Reeves

PREREQUISITE:  CLST 305/3.0 or CLST 306/3.0 or CLST 340/3.0 or CLST 341/3.0, or permission of the Department.