Archeology of Roman Identity

The American University of Rome

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Archeology of Roman Identity

  • Host University

    The American University of Rome

  • Location

    Rome, Italy

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    A previous course in Archeology or Ancient History (including Western Civilization I) or Classical Studies or with permission of the Instructor.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This upper level on-site course examines the archaeological remains of Rome from the perspective of the different ethnic, cultural and social groups that populated the city and whose interaction created Roman identity. Roman society has often been presented as a uniform monoculture but developments in archaeological theory have allowed us to recognize diverse influences and to chart the evolving construction of Roman identity which underlay political power. What was considered ?Roman? was not static but changed according to period, class and setting and nearly always involved negative judgments of ?others? who were perceived as displaying non-Roman characteristics. This course has a required trip to Pompeii for which a course excursion fee will be collected. This course satisfies the requirements for the Roma Caput Mundi section of the General Education Program.

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