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COURSE NAME: "Ancient Rome and Its Monuments "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Summer Session I 2017

INSTRUCTOR: Elisabeth Fuhrmann-Schembri
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MTWTH 11:30-1:15 PM
PREREQUISITES: On-site; activity fee: €40 or $52
OFFICE HOURS: by appointment (cell +39 329 326 7915)

Rome City Series - This on-site course considers the art and architecture of ancient Rome through visits to museums and archaeological sites. The course covers the visual culture and architecture of Rome beginning with the Iron Age and ending with the time of Constantine. A broad variety of issues are raised, including patronage, style and iconography, artistic and architectural techniques, Roman religion, business and entertainment.
This course is intended to offer students an introduction to the city of Rome that is architectural, artistic,
and topographic in nature. In our study of Ancient Rome, we will focus on the urban development of the
city and embellishment of the city fabric from its foundations through the Republican, Imperial and Early
Christian periods. As Rome's modern urban fabric is profoundly affected by the events of the ancient
period, this course is also intended as a tool for facilitating understanding of the city in which we
currently reside. Therefore, students are encouraged to exploit the advantage of studying in Rome and
to consider the city and its museums as a laboratory for study. Additionally the visit to Ostia Antica
will provide with a deeper insight of the daily life and functioning of Rome's seaport. Explanation of the
different methodologies of research will supply the student with the necessary instruments for their future
individual studies not only on antiquitiy, art history and architecture
Students become familiar with different methods of art historical analysis and acquire the skills for the critical analysis of visual culture in its original historical context.
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
course readerAncient RomeJCU art history departmentxxx  
Rome and Environs. An Archaeological GuideCoarelli, FilippoUCPress 2007978-0-520-07960-8  

Quiz 1identification of visual material and short answer questions (classes 1-4)5 points
Quiz 2identification of visual material and short answer questions (classes 6-9)8 points
Quiz 3identification of visual material and short answer questions (classes 10-16)12 points
Quiz 4 and Final essaysidentification of visual material and short answer questions (classes 17-20) and essay questions regarding the whole course9 and 21 points (total 30 points)
Visual analysiscareful description and evaluation of art work (done during class 8 in front of object)10 points
Oral report8-10 min presentation of monument on-site (topics distributed in class)10 points
Paper8 pages research of a single monument (detailed info distributed in class)20 points
Participationgrades active class participation, academic behaviour etc.5 points

AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course. 90-94% A- 95-100%
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments. 80-82% B- 83-86% B 87-89% B+
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings. 70-72% C- 73-76% C 77-79% C+
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail. 60-69% D
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant. below 60%

This course relies on student participation in class and on-site lectures and discussions. Therefore, promptness and
attendance are mandatory, and students are highly recommended to complete the readings before each lesson - in
order to be prepared to answer and to ask thoughtful questions - as well as to review material covered in class on a
regular basis. Students are responsible on the quizzes and final exam for all material including images covered in the
readings and handouts. Unexcused or excessive absences will result in the lowering of the final class grade.
Please refer to JCU's Catalog for a statement regarding absence and grading policies!

Note: for technical and especially legal reasons NO visitors (family, friends, etc.) are allowed to follow class!!
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.


Class 1, Mon. May, 22
Introduction to Roman Art and Architecture;
Discussion of syllabus, assignments and class procedures.

Class 2, Tue. May, 23
Rome’s Foundation & mythology; Rome’s topography: Tiber and Tiber Island;
Introduction to building types, materials and techniques.
MP: JCU, lemon tree courtyard, go together on-site
Reading: Coarelli 1-11(Introduction); Claridge 1-9, 31-59; 226-28

Class 3, Wed. May, 24
The ETRUSCAN Forerunners and the Kings' Period: CAPITOLINE HILL and MUSEUM.
MP: Capitoline Hill,  in front of ticket office to Museum (Piazza del Campidoglio)
Reading: Coarelli 29-43 (Capitoline),  Rasmussen, 13-25 in: Henig, ch.1 (Early Roman Art); Claridge: 229-231, 237-240 & 378-385 (Capitoline & Museums)

Class 4, Thu. May, 25
The Forum Romanum from ROMULUS to Julius CAESAR, from marshy valley to the
political, religious and commercial centre of the Republican city.
MP: entrance to Forum Romanum on Via dei Fori Imperiali (half way between Piazza Venezia and Colosseum)
Reading: Coarelli 43-91 (Roman Forum focus on early monuments); Claridge 60-74 (Roman Forum, Curia, Comitium, Basilica Aemilia), 80-82 (Temple of Saturn, Rostra), 85-91 (pavement, Basilica Iulia, Temple of Castor), 97-106 (Temple of Divus Iulius, Arch of Augustus, Temple of Vesta, Atrium Vestae, Regia)

Class 5, Mon. May, 29
Paper discussion: content, format, use of sources etc.

Class 6, Tue. May, 30
From Roman REPUBLIC to EMPIRE along the triumphal road: Republican triumph, Victory temples and theatres.
MP: Largo Argentina (in front of Feltrinelli bookstore)
Reading: Coarelli 261-285 (Campus Martius I); Claridge 177-180 (introd.), 214 (Theatre of Pompey), 215-219 (Republican Victory-T.); 220 (Theatre and Porticus of Balbus); 222-225 (Porticus Octaviae), 243-247 (Theatre of Marcellus, T. of Apollo Med. Sos.)

Class 7, Wed. May, 31
From Roman REPUBLIC to EMPIRE along the triumphal road, cont.: Republican victory temples in Forum Holitorium and Forum Boarium.
MP: in front of San Nicola in Carcere (Via del Teatro di Marcello, 46 / Via del Foro Olitorio)
Reading; Coarelli 307-321 (Forum Holitorium and Forum Boarium; Claridge 247-250 (Republican Victory-T.); 253-257 (Round T. and T. of Portunus)

Class 8, Thu.  June, 1
Augustus and the Imperial Idea: the AUGUSTAN FIELD OF MARS.
VISUAL ANALYSIS done during class !! Bring white paper and pencils!!
MP: Museum of Ara Pacis, Lungotevere in Augusta (corner Via Tomacelli); near Ponte Cavour
Reading: Coarelli 285-291, 299-304 (Augustan Campus Martius); Zanker, P., Power of Images, 33-43. 118-125, 143-162, 172-183, 335-339; Galinsky ch.4; Claridge 11-18, Field of Mars: introd. and Augustan monuments (Mausoleum, Altar of Peace, Sundial, early Pantheon).

Class 9, Mon.  June, 5
Central Campus Martius from AUGUSTUS to HADRIAN.
MP: in front of Pantheon
Reading: Coarelli 261-266, 286-298 (central Campus Martius).Claridge 199-207 (Hadrianeum and Pantheon); 209-213 (Stadium of Domitian);

Class 10, Tue. June, 6
MAUSOLEUM of Hadrian and environs.
MP: JCU GK12, after quiz we go on-site!!
Reading: Coarelli 354-362 (Circus of Caligula, Mausoleum of H.); Claridge
369-373 (Mausoleum of Hadrian)

Class 11
, Wed.  June, 7
The FLAVIAN Emperors:  the Development of the COLOSSEUM Valley.
MP: Arch of Constantine
Reading: Coarelli 97-99 (Arch of Titus), 158-160, 164-172 (Colosseum, Ludus Magnus), 177-190 (Esquiline, Domus Aurea, Baths of Titus and Trajan); Claridge 16-17, 116-118 (Arch of Titus)

Class 12, Thu.  June, 8
The FLAVIAN Emperors, cont.: Imperial Residences on the PALATINE.
MP: entrance to Palatine Hill, Via di San Gregorio  30 (half way between Circus Maximus and Arch of Constantine)
Reading: Coarelli 131-157 (Palatine), 158-160; Claridge 16-17, Palatine: 119-145

Class 13, Mon.  June, 12
Urban design and IMPERIAL POWER: the Imperial Fora.
Due: paper's written outline and brief oral presentation in class!
MP: at Column of Trajan (Piazza Venezia)
Reading: Coarelli 102-128 (Imperial Fora), 261-266, 286-298 (central Campus Martius).

Class 14, Tue.  June, 13
From the Column of TRAJAN to the Column of MARCUS AURELIUS, Trajan Markets and Quirinal Hill.
MP: at Column of Trajan (Piazza Venezia)
Reading: Coarelli 102-128 (Imperial Fora), 261-266, 286-298 (central Campus Martius). Claridge 11-18, 161-173 (Trajan's forum etc.);177-180, 193-198 (Column of Antoninus P. and M.Aurelius);

Class 15, Wed.  June, 14
MP: Piazza della Repubblica, Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli
Reading: Coarelli 247-252 (Castra Praetoria nad Baths of Diocletian); La Regina, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, 9-13, 23-34, 40-42, 47-48, 87-92, 94-101, 166-7 (portraiture), 51-57 (painted frieze), 59-62 (Altar and Augustus), 121 124, 129, 130, 132, 136, 144 (sculpture), 180-206 (mosaics), 208-335 (wall paintings), 254-258 (marble intarsio).

Class 16, Thu.  June, 15
Museo Nazionale Romano: CRYPTA BALBI.
The multiple layers of Rome from Ancient to Modern.
Due: printed copy of paper's final draft!
MP: Largo Argentina (in front of Feltrinelli bookstore)
Reading: Coarelli 281-283 (theatre and crypta of Balbus).

Class 17, Mon.  June, 19
QUIZ 3 (done on-site!);
Roman PORTRAITURE and SCULPTURE in the Capitoline Museums. Private and public LUXURY.
MP: On-site!! Capitoline Hill, in front of ticket office to Museum (Piazza del Campidoglio)
Reading: Giustozzi (ed), The Capitoline Museums. Electa Guide 22-31, 35-65, 110-121, 138-147.

Class 18, Tue.  June, 20
THE CENTRE IN THE LATER EMPIRE: Roman Forum and Upper Via Sacra from Antoninus Pius to Maxentius.
MP: entrance to Forum Romanum on Via dei Fori Imperiali (half way between Piazza Venezia and Colosseum)
Reading: Coarelli 43-47, 57-63, 81-97, 98-101 (Roman Forum high and late Imperial); Claridge 20-27, 70 (Curia), 75-76 (Arch of S. Severus) ; 83 (Decennalia base), 107 Temple of Antoninus Pius and Faustina; 109-111 (Temple of 'Divus Romulus'); Temple of Vesta ;115 (Basilica Nova) 259-261(Arch of Argentarii), Temple of Venus and Roma (Hadrian to Maxentius).

Class 19, Wed.  June, 21
Constantine the Great: from PAGAN TO CHRISTIAN; San Clemente.
MP: Arch of Constantine
Reading: Coarelli 159-163 (Arch of Constantine), 172-175 (San Clemente), 213-223 (Caelian Hill), 224-227 (Lateran), ); Claridge 272-276 (Arch of Constanine) 284-288 (Mithraeum under S.Clemente), 332-335, 357-359, 363 (Aurelianic Walls and Gates); 346-350 (Lateran Baptistery and Church).

Class 20, Thu.  June, 22
The BATHS of CARACALLA and the Importance of Social Bathing.
Course Conclusion and REVIEW of our course: prepare course material following the study guide!!
MP: Circus Maximus, at curve (east side)
Reading: Coarelli 326-331 (Baths of Caracalla), 365-67 (Via Appia Antica); Stambaugh ch. 12.

FRI June 23
FINAL Exam tba