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COURSE NAME: "Ancient Rome and Its Monuments"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2020

INSTRUCTOR: Elisabeth Fuhrmann-Schembri
EMAIL: efuhrmann@johncabot.edu
HOURS: W 9:15-12:00 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. Explanation of the different methodologies of research will supply the student with the necessary instruments for their future individual studies not only on antiquity, 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., California UP 978-0520282094 available as eBook

Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
a list ofrecommended bookswill be providedon Moodle course page  
 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 paper8-10 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 95-100 % A- 90-94
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
This is a TENTATIVE SCHEDULEsubject to change regarding the access to museums and monumental areas following up the Italian regulations with respect to the pandemic crisis LAST UPDATES valid from OCT 18 ............ . (from class 5 on) 
class 1) Sep 23Introduction 1) Course Syllabus and Procedures. Rome's topography and foundation myths. Coarelli 1-11 (Introduction)  MP: on campus GK11
class 2) Sep 30Introduction 2) Presentation of paper and oral report topics. - Overview of Rome's history, building-types and techniques. Concept of Eternal City.Claridge 3-30, 37-59.Ramage introductionMP: on campus GK11
class 3) Oct 7 Etruscan Art and Culture in the National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia. Sorrentino, the Etruscans in the Museums of Rome (Villa Giulia); Brendel, Etruscan art, ch.19 (sculpture in terracotta)Claridge 394-397 (Villa Giulia); Rasmussen 13-25 in: Henig, ch.1 (Early Roman Art) Ramage ch.1 MP: Piazza del Popolo, near obelisk, class moves together to the National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia
class 4) Oct 14 MICcard, NO big bagsRome's layers from Iron Age huts to Imperial art works: Capitoline Hill and Museums Coarelli 29-43 (Capitoline); Claridge 6-11, 229-240 (Capitoline, Temple of Jupiter, equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius)Ramage ch.1 ; Stewart 264-277 (The Equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius);MP: on Capitoline Hill (Campidoglio) at top of stair case, near museum entrance
class 5) Oct 21 Shaping Rome's city centre: The Roman Forum Coarelli 47-57, 63-81, 97-98 (Roman Forum). Stambaugh ch.6 &7 (population and city government)Ramage ch.2; Claridge 16-17, 116-145, 267-284 (Roman Forum), MP: on campus, GK11 at 8:30
class 6) Oct 28From Roman Republic to Empire. Along The triumphal road. Midterm study guide discussion.Coarelli 261-285 (Campus Martius I), 307-321 (Forum Holitorium and Forum Boarium) Ziolkowski 309-333 (… Round Temple on the Tiber); Claridge 177-180 (introd. Field of Mars), 214-228, 243-247 MP: on campus, GK11 at 8:30
class 7) Nov 4 MIDTERM EXAM & Discussion of paper Due: first paper ideasMP: on campus, GK11 at 8:30
class 8) FRI Nov 6 Augustus 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; DUE: Paper's topic ! Ramage ch.3 & 4; Clarke 19-28 (Ara Pacis and ordinary viewer); Claridge 11-18, Field of Mars: introd. and Augustan monuments (Mausoleum, Altar of Peace, Sundial, early Pantheon). MP: on campus, GK11 at 8:30
class 9) Nov11 Imperial residences: Nero's Golden House and the Flavian Palace Coarelli 131-157 (Palatine Hill), 158-160, 164-172 (Colosseum valley), 180-190 (Nero's domus aurea and Oppian hill)Ramage ch.5; Gallia 148-165 (Remaking Rome … Flavian Age); Claridge 119-145 (Palatine Hill), 267-271, 276-284, 290-292 (Colosseum, Nero's Golden House); MP: on campus, GK11 at 8:30
class 10) Nov 18 MICcardImperial Skills: the Imperial Fora, Trajan's Column and Markets. Coarelli 102-128 (Imperial Fora) Ramage ch.6 (Trajan); Clarke 28-41 (Trajan’s Forum and new Imperial city); Claridge 11-18, 146-173; MP: tba
class 11) Nov 25Imperial cult and entertainment: The central Field of Mars from Domitian to Marcus Aurelius. Coarelli 261-266, 286-298 (central Campus Martius); Hetland 79-98 (New perspectives on the dating of the Pantheon)VISUAL ANALYSIS done during class (bring white paper and pencils) ! Ramage ch.7 & 8; Claridge 17-20, 177-228 (Field of Mars), 369-373 (Mausoleum of Hadrian); MacDonald, Pantheon; MP: tba
class 12) Dec 2 MICcardEmbellishing the City: Centrale Montemartini. Paper's outline presentation. a selection (out of: Giustozzi, N. (ed.), The Capitoline Museums, Electa 2006 M. Bertoletti, M. Cima & E. Talamo, Centrale Montemartini, new ed. 2007) provided before class; use also to museum's official website: www.centralemontemartini.org DUE: Paper's outline (and brief oral presentation in class)!! MP: tba
class 13) Dec 9 The City in the Later Empire and Constantine the Great. Course conclusion.Coarelli 43-47, 57-63, 81-97, 98-101 (Roman Forum high and late imperial),Coarelli 159-163 (Arch of Constantine), 177-190 (Oppian Hill) Coarelli 11-27 (City Walls), 326-331 (Baths of Caracalla), 365-367 (Via Appia).Constantine the Great: from Pagan to Christian. Paper due.DUE: paper's final draft (submitted through Moodle) !! Ramage ch. 9 -12; Wright 493-507 (true face of Constantine); Claridge 20-27, 70, 75-76, 83, 109-111, 115, 272-276, 284-288, 332-335 (Aurelianic Walls), 346-350; Prepare course material following the study guide! MP: tba
TBAFinal Examon campus tba