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COURSE NAME: "Ancient Rome and Its Monuments "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2019

INSTRUCTOR: Elisabeth Fuhrmann-Schembri
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TH 9:15-2:00 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
Rome and Environs. An Archaeological GuideCoarelli, F.UCPress 2007978-0-520-0791-8 available as e-book
JCU coursereader Ancient RomeJCU art history departmentxxx to be purchased at the Copy point, Via Funari 25 (first class will end at the shop to give chance to order the reader, 11,50 Euro)

Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
see booklistdistributedin class  
 The grade of the course will be calculated as follows: 
oral report8-10 minute presentation (accurate description and contextual interpretation) accompanied by a one-page handout to the class on a monument chosen from a list distributed in class.15 points
midterm examconsists of identification of visual material, short questions and longer essay questions. Study guide will be distributed in class.20 points
final examsee above25 points
research paper10-12 pages: combination of topographic description of a certain area of the Ancient city of Rome and research on a single art object; includes a complete bibliography and uses an adequate system of quotations. Detailed instructions will be distributed in class.25 points
visual analysissketch and accurate description of a work of art or monument presented during class10 points
class participationevaluates the quality of your participation5 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. A 96-100 % A- 90-
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. B+ 87-89% B 84-86% B- 80-83%
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. C+ 77-79% C 74-76% C- 70-73%
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. D 60-69%
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. F 0-59%

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 midterm and final exams 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!

NO VISITORS are allowed to class (epecially for legal but also technical reasons)!

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.


SessionSession FocusReading AssignmentOther AssignmentMeeting Place/Exam Dates
week 1) Sep 5Course Syllabus and Procedures and Introduction. On-site: Rome's Topography: Seven Hills, Tiber and Tiber Island. Coarelli 1-11 (Introduction) Claridge 1-11, 31-59, 226-28 (Tiber Island), 394-397; Ramage introd.; MP: GK12 at 9:15 for introduction and then we go on-site!!
week 2) Sep 12From Romulus to Caesar: Early and Republican Rome, Capitoline Hill and Museums. Coarelli 29-43 (Capitoline), 43-47 (Roman Forum: Historical notes)Ramage ch.2; Claridge 6-11, 60-74 (Roman Forum), Capitoline: 229-231, 231-240 MP: on Capitoline Hill (Campidoglio) at top of stair case, near museum entrance
week 3) Sep 19Etruscan Art and Culture in the National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia.Ramage ch.1; Rasmussen 13-25 in: Henig, ch.1 (Early Roman Art); Brendel, Etruscan art, ch. 19 sculpture in terracotta Claridge 394-397; Spivey, Etruscan Art (regarding especially material of Cervetrei and Veii) MP: Piazza del Popolo, near obelisk, class moves together to the National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia
week 3) FRI Sep 20 MAKE-UP for Nov 28 !!The Roman Forum and The Palatine Hill from the Kings' period through the Republican to early Imperial.Coarelli 131-157 (Palatine), 47-57, 63-81, 97-98 (Roman Forum). Ramage ch.5 Claridge 16-17, 116-145, 267-284, 290-93 (Nero's Golden House);MP: entrance to Forum Romanum, Via dei Fori Imperiali (half way between Colosseum and Piazza Venezia)
week 4) Sep 26From Roman Republic to Empire. Along The triumphal road.Coarelli 261-285 (Campus Martius I), 307-321 (Forum Holitorium and Forum Boarium) Claridge 177-180 (introd. Field of Mars), 214-228, 243-247; Strong ch.2 & 3 MP: Largo Argentina, in front of Feltrinelli bookstore
week 5) Oct 3Augustus and the Imperial Idea: the Augustan Campus Martius (Field of Mars)Coarelli 285-291, 299-304 (Augustan Campus Martius); Zanker, P., Power of Images, 33-43. 118-125, 143-162, 172-183, 335-339; Ramage ch.3 & 4; Galinsky ch.4; Claridge 11-18, Field of Mars: introd. and Augustan monuments (Mausoleum, Altar of Peace, Sundial, early Pantheon). MP: Museum of Ara Pacis, Lungotevere in Augusta (corner Via Tomacelli); near Ponte Cavour
week 6) Oct 10 MIDTERM EXAM  MP: GK12 at 9:15
week 7) Oct 17Ostia Antica, the Port or Rome. Fieldtrip. Coarelli 451-476; Stambaugh ch.18 helpful for reviewing material after visit: www.ostia-org;MP: at 9:15 directly outside the train station in Ostia Antica (you need to take the Roma - Ostia lido train no later than 8:40, regular bus/tram ticket 1,50 Euro needed)
week 8) Oct 24Trajan and the Imperial Fora, Column and Markets. Coarelli 102-128 (Imperial Fora) DUE: Paper's topic !! Ramage ch.6 (Trajan); Claridge 11-18, 146-173; MP: Column of Trajan (near Piazza Venezia)
week 9) Oct 31The Field of Mars and the High Empire. !! VISUAL ANALYSIS done during class !! Coarelli 261-266, 286-298 (central Campus Martius) Ramage ch.7 & 8; Claridge 17-20, 177-228 (Field of Mars), 369-373 (Mausoleum of Hadrian); MacDonald, Pantheon; MP: in front of Pantheon
week 10) Nov 7The Centre in the Later Empire and The Colosseum (from outside).Coarelli 43-47, 57-63, 81-97, 98-101 (Roman Forum high and late imperial),159-172 (Colosseum et.c.) 177-190 (Oppian Hill)Ramage ch. 9 -12; Claridge 20-27, 70, 75-76, 83, 109-111, 115, 272-276, 284-288, 332-335 (Aurelianic Walls), 346-350; MP: entrance to Roman Forum, Via dei Fori Imperiali (half way between Colosseum and Piazza Venezia)
week 11) Nov 14Embellishing the City: Roman Painting and Sculpture in the Palazzo Massimo; and Baths of Diocletian. Paper presentation. Coarelli 247-252 (Castra Praetoria and 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).DUE: Paper's brief oral presentation !! . . . . Claridge 352-354 (Baths of Diocletian); Portraiture: review Ramage 42-45, 77-81, 107-112, 138-141; Wall paintings and Mosaics: review Ramage 82-95, 123-131, 152.MP: Piazza Repubblica, in front of Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli
week 12) Nov 21Constantine the Great: from Pagan to Christian. Paper due.Coarelli 159-163 (Arch of Constantine), 172-175 (San Clemente), 213-223 (Caelian Hill), 224-227 (Lateran), DUE: Paper's final draft !! Claridge 272-275, 283-288, 347-350; Ramage ch12; MP: Arch of Constantine
week 13) Nov 28NO CLASS - Thanksgiving MAKE-UP: Fri Sep 20  
week 14) Dec 5The Baths of Caracalla. Course conclusion and Review of our semester! Coarelli 11-27 (City Walls), 326-331 (Baths of Caracalla), 365-367 (Via Appia). Prepare course material following the study guide!MP: Circus Maximus, at curve (east side)
week 15) tbaFINAL EXAM  MP: tba
 RECOMMENDED BOOKS:Beard, M. and Henderson, J. (2001) Classical Art. Boardman, J. ed. (1993), Oxford History of Classical Art Boardman, J.ed. (2001), The Oxford Illustrated History of the Roman World. Coulston, J. and Dodge, H. eds. (2000) Ancient Rome:The Archaeology of the Eternal City. 
  D’Ambra, E. ed. (1993) Roman Art in Context. Davies, P. (2000) Death and the Emperor. Elsner, J. (1998) Imperial Rome and Christian Triumph. Favro, D. (1996)The Urban Image of Augustan Rome.