Pompeii: The Roman Town and its Modern Reception

University of Roehampton

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Pompeii: The Roman Town and its Modern Reception

  • Host University

    University of Roehampton

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Anthropology, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

    20
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    5
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    7
  • Overview

    Assessment: essay (2500 words) [50%], unseen paper (90 min.) [50%]
    Pompeii, a Roman town destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, has played a major part in the way we relate to the ancient world. From its rediscovery in the eighteenth century, Pompeii has prompted archaeologists, artists, writers and tourists to recover and re-imagine Roman life. This module will look a both scholarly and popular responses to Pompeii from the eighteenth century to the present day with a special focus on modern receptions. The module will examine how evidence from Pompeii contributes to current academic understandings of Roman art, architecture and social life and question how and why the town and its inhabitants are imaginatively reconstructed in post-classical receptions.

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