Researching Ancient Rome - CL832

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
American University, Rome Spring
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7 30 (15)




This module is taught at the Rome School of Classical and Renaissance Studies, and is therefore only available to students studying on an MA programme with a term in Rome.



This module enhances the student's ability to undertake research on the sites and in the museums focusing on ancient Rome using research libraries, on-line resources and on-site visits. Students will select monuments to research each week and discus their findings in seminars, alongside their experience of locating information on which they will reflect. This is done to ensure students identify and develop a series of research methods identified as 'good practice’. In addition, they will work on their critique of modern scholars and evaluate the intersection between textual evidence and the standing remains of ancient Rome. Finally, research in libraries will also necessitate the checking and identification of key features on-site in Rome.


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Contact hours

Total contact hours: 20


This module is compulsory for students studying on the MA in Ancient History with a term in Rome and the MA in Roman History and Archaeology with a term in Rome.

Method of assessment

Fortnightly diary (3000 words) - 20%;
Literature review (2000 words) - 35%;
Interpretive essay (2500 words) - 45%

Indicative reading

DeRose Evans, J. (2013.) A Companion to the Archaeology of the Roman Republic, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell;
Dyson, S.L. (2010) Rome: Portrait of a Living City, Baltimore: John Hopkins;
Erdkamp, P. (2013) The Cambridge Companion to the City of Rome, Cambridge: CUP;
Laurence, R. and Newsome D. (2011) Rome, Ostia, Pompeii: Movement and Space, Oxford: OUP;
Östenberg, I.; Malmberg, S. & Bjørnebye, J. (2015) The Moving City: Processions, Passages and Promenades in Ancient Rome, London: Bloomsbury;
Zanker, P. (1988) The Power of Images in the Age of Augustus. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate the effective utilisation of the research libraries based in Rome;
Students will be able to demonstrate the application of library research to the interpretation of standing remains surviving from antiquity;
Students will be able to demonstrate critical, analytical problem-based learning skills in relation to the sites of the city of Rome, as well as modern scholarship on the subject matter;
Students will be able to command a range of techniques and methodologies, such as bibliographical and library research skills, a range of skills in reading and textual analysis, the varieties of historical method, the visual skills characteristic of art criticism, use of statistics (e.g. in archaeology or the study of ancient demography), academic argumentation and analysis.

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