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Archaeology of the Greek and Roman World - 10 credits (HS2102)

10 credits, Autumn semester

Cameo portrait of the Emperor Augustus © Trustees of the British Museum

The course is concerned with the archaeology of Greece and Rome, and the ways in which the study of archaeology has contributed to our understanding of the ancient world. The course will cover material ranging in date from the beginning of the 1st millennium B.C. until the 6th century A.D. It will focus on a number of key themes and critical stages in this broad period: Archaic Greece and the Iron Age Mediterranean; Classical Athens; the Hellenistic world; Roman Italy; and the Western Provinces of the Roman Empire. The emphasis throughout will be on how the material evidence relates to the life, culture and politics of particular areas or periods in the ancient world. In this way students will be introduced to the ways in which archaeology can be used to study the early historic periods.

METHODS OF TEACHING: 10 weekly 1 hour lectures, 2 x 1 hour seminars/tutorials.

METHODS OF ASSESSMENT: 1 hour examination (Autumn) (50%), 1 assessed essay (50%).