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*Please note that course syllabi are updated each year in late August 
Prior to August, syllabi on the Classics Department website will reflect the courses as they were offered in the last term or year.  Significant changes in emphasis in course material may occur from year to year, including grading methodology, grade weighting and assignments.   Up-to-date syllabi will be available to students by the first day of class.

CLST 306*/0.5  3L
Archaeology of the Roman Empire 

Instructor: Prof. B. Reeves
Office: Watson Hall, Room 512
Departmental Telephone: (613) 533-6000, ext. 74824
Office Hours: TBA 

Teaching Assistant:

Stephen Miller - 
504 Watson Hall
Office Hours: Fridays 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM 

Course Description

CLST 306 surveys Roman material culture (art, architecture and artifacts) from the reign of Augustus to that of Constantine. An emphasis will be placed on analyzing Roman architecture, sculpture, urban patterns, and objects of daily life in order to better understand the political messages and social experiences of Romans during the Imperial period. Questions to be addressed include the functions of architecture, the message of portraiture, and the differences between official and private art and architecture.


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      Grading Methodology

      All components of this course will receive numerical percentage marks.  The final grade you receive for the course will be derived by converting your numerical course average to a letter grade according to Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale:

      Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale


      Numerical Course Average (Range)


























      49 and below 

      Evaluation (tentative)

        • Midterm examination (term and image identification and comparison; 35% of term grade)
        • Final Exam (term and image identification and comparison; 40% of term grade)
        • Coin paper (5-6 pages; 25 points, 25% of term grade)

        Deadline Policy for Papers

        The paper is due in class on the date specified. Any paper submitted later in that day will be considered to have been submitted on the following day. Late papers will be docked one letter grade per day for every individual day late (including Saturdays, Sundays and holidays). To avoid late penalties, students are encouraged to organize their time efficiently and to start their papers early in the semester.

        Examination Policy

        Examinations should be taken at the scheduled time and date. In certain exceptional circumstances (e.g. a medical emergency, a death in the family), the instructor might grant the student the opportunity to write an exam outside of the regularly scheduled time. All such arrangements must be agreed upon by the instructor before the time of the regularly scheduled exam and will require the appropriate documentation. The format of any such special exams will be determined by the instructor and may differ considerably from that of the exam written by the rest of the class. 

          Class schedule and readings

          This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

          Week 1

          • Introduction
            Ramage “Preface” and “Introduction”
          • Art and Architecture in the Late Republic
            Ramage pp. 68-94; Zanker pp. 5-31 (= Chapter 1)

          Week 2

          • Octavian and the Late Republic
            Zanker pp. 33-77 (= Chapter 2)

             Augustus and the foundations of the imperial system

          • Ramage pp. 110-138; Zanker pp. 89-100 (= part of Chapter 3)

          Week 3

          • Augustus and Rome
            Zanker pp. 79-82; 85-89; 101-114; 126-135; 139-141; 154-155; 192-215
            (= parts of Chapters 3, 4, & 5
          • Rome and the empire in the principate  of Augustus

          Week 4   

          • Augustus’ Empire and the Julio-Claudian Familya
            Ramage Chapter 4; Zanker pp. 274-278; 297-333 (= parts of Chapter 7; Chapter 8)
          • Julio-Claudian Sculpture

          Week 5

          • Julio-Claudian Architecture
          • Houses and Palaces

          Week 6

          • Catch-up and Review
          • ** Midterm - February 14th, 2013 **

          Week 7

          • Function and symbolism in Flavian sculpture and architecture
            Ramage Chapter 5
          • Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Roman Interiors
            Ramage pp. 189-205, 94-109, 139-143, 163-167 (again)

          Week 8

          • Trajan, Optimus Princeps
            Ramage Chapter 6
          • Hadrian and the classical revival
            Ramage Chapter 7

          Week 9

          • The “crisis” in Antonine art. Sarcophagi
            Ramage Chapter 8
          • Severan art and architecture
            Ramage Chapter 9

          Week 10

          • The Soldier Emperors
            Ramage Chapter 10
          • Roman Provincial Art and Provincial Identity

          Week 11

          • Diocletian and the Tetrarchy
            COIN PAPER DUE - March 26th, 2013
            Ramage Chapter 11
          • Constantine and the aftermath
            Ramage Chapter 12

          Week 12

          • Imperial Coinage & Official Ideology
          • Conclusion


          Academic Integrity

          Academic integrity is constituted by the five core fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility (see These values are central to the building, nurturing and sustaining of an academic community in which all members of the community will thrive. Adherence to the values expressed through academic integrity forms a foundation for the "freedom of inquiry and exchange of ideas" essential to the intellectual life of the University (see the Senate Report on Principles and Priorities

          Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the regulations concerning academic integrity and for ensuring that their assignments conform to the principles of academic integrity. Information on academic integrity is available in the Arts and Science Calendar (see Academic Regulation 1, on the Arts and Science website (see, and from the instructor of this course. Departures from academic integrity include plagiarism, use of unauthorized materials, facilitation, forgery and falsification, and are antithetical to the development of an academic community at Queen's. Given the seriousness of these matters, actions which contravene the regulation on academic integrity carry sanctions that can range from a warning or the loss of grades on an assignment to the failure of a course to a requirement to withdraw from the university.

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          This page was last updated 02 January , 2013.

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