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CL AR 342 A: Roman Art and Archaeology

Roman Art & Architecture
Meeting Time: 
MWF 8:30am - 9:20am
Location: 
SIG 225
SLN: 
12457
Joint Sections: 
ART H 342 A
Instructor:
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Sarah Levin-Richardson

Syllabus Description:

ARTH/CLAR 342: Roman Art and Archaeology

Winter 2019

MWF 8:30-9:20

SIG 225

 

Prof. Levin-Richardson (you can call me Professor Levin-Richardson, Professor L-R, or just Professor)

sarahlr@uw.edu

227 Denny Hall (enter through the main doors of Denny, pass the water fountain and elevators, and it’s the first office on the left)

Office Hours: Fridays 9:45-11am; and by appointment

 

Description:

This class explores the art, architecture, and archaeology of the Ancient Romans, including their most famous sites and monuments (such as the Colosseum and the Pantheon) as well as the art and objects that illuminate society (including women and slaves) more broadly. This course progresses from Rome’s primitive hut dwellings of the 8th century BCE, through the height of the Roman Empire across Europe, Africa, and the Near East in the 2nd century CE, to the transformation of the Roman Empire into the Byzantine Empire in the 4th century CE.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Be able to identify and discuss major works of Roman art, architecture, and archaeology
  • Be able to situate and discuss Roman art, architecture, and archaeology within its historical and social/cultural context
  • Be able to analyze and discuss the intersection of Roman art, architecture, and archaeology with power and various types of identities
  • Explore the ways in which Roman art influences, and is influenced by, modern cultures

 

Learning Support:

If you know of something that might impact your learning (travel schedule with UW teams, health or personal crisis, disability) please contact me as soon as possible, ideally at the beginning of the quarter, so that I can make appropriate accommodations. Below you can find further resources:

  • Disability Resources for Students: http://depts.washington.edu/uwdrs/

    • If you have already established accommodations with Disability Resources for Students (DRS), please communicate your approved accommodations to me at your earliest convenience so we can discuss your needs in this course.
    • If you have not yet established services through DRS, but have a temporary health condition or permanent disability that requires accommodations (conditions include but not limited to; mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical or health impacts), you are welcome to contact DRS at 206-543-8924 or uwdrs@uw.edu or uw.edu. DRS offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and/or temporary health conditions.  Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process between you, your instructor(s) and DRS.  It is the policy and practice of the University of Washington to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law.
  • UW Academic Support: http://depts.washington.edu/aspuw/more/campus-resources/
  • UW Counseling Center: http://www.washington.edu/counseling/

 

Required Readings:

The required text for this class is listed below and can be found in the U bookstore, as well as on amazon.com and other sites. Please be sure to get the right edition of this textbook (check the ISBN numbers on what you purchase to make sure it matches those listed below). Other required readings can be found on the course website. Each meeting in the schedule below has one or more readings to be read for that class session. For the second class, for example, please come to class having read pages xx-xxxviii of the course textbook (which I refer to as Kleiner on the schedule). These readings are a starting point for in-class lecture and discussion, which often will expand upon the assigned readings and/or present new material. Thus, I strongly recommend careful reading of the assigned material as well as attending class.

 

Kleiner, Fred. A History of Roman Art, Enhanced Edition. Wadsworth Publishing, 2010. [ISBN-10: 0495909874; ISBN-13: 978-0495909873]

 

Grading:

  • 4-page writing assignment (due Monday January 28 by 8:30am): 20%
  • Midterm (Monday February 11 during class time; covers readings and lectures from January 7 through February 8; includes image IDs and short essay questions): 35%
  • Final Exam (Tuesday March 19 8:30am-10:20am; includes image IDs and short essay questions based on the readings and lectures from February 13 to March 15, and map IDs and a long essay question based on all the readings and lectures): 45%

 

Assignments cover material both from the assigned readings and from class; as such, it is very important to do the readings and to come to class.

 

Your final course grade is calculated from these assignments in the proportions given. Please prepare carefully for these assignments, and please come see me in advance if you have any questions about how to best prepare. There is no extra credit.

 

The grading scale used in this class is as follows:

 

 

Percentage Earned 

Grade-Point Equivalent

100-97

4.0

96

3.9

95-94

3.8

93

3.7

92-91

3.6

90

3.5

89-88

3.4

87

3.3

86

3.2

85

3.1

84

3.0

83

2.9

82

2.8

81

2.7

80

2.6

79

2.5

78

2.4

77

2.3

76

2.2

75

2.1

74

2.0

73

1.9

72

1.8

71

1.7

70

1.6

69

1.5

68

1.4

67

1.3

66

1.2

65

1.1

64

1.0

63

0.9

62-61

0.8

60

0.7 [lowest passing grade]

59 and x < 59

0.0

 

 

Further Expectations:

  • In class

    • In order to maximize your learning potential and prevent distraction to others, I ask that you use electronic devices only for class-related purposes.
    • You are responsible for all materials assigned in the readings and covered in lectures. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to get notes from a classmate.

      • The University of Washington prohibits the selling of notes online or through any other channels.
    • No audio or visual recording of class is permitted without my written authorization. If you would like to record the class, please stop by office hours to chat with me first.
    • No posting of course materials of any kind is permitted without my written authorization.
  • Getting in touch with each other
    • Please check your uw email daily; this is how I will communicate with you about pertinent information (such as when study guides are posted, or if class needs to be cancelled for some reason). You are responsible for all information disseminated over email and through the course website.
    • I hold office hours for you! I am happy to chat with you about class (including any concerns you may have), study abroad opportunities, how to follow your interest in Roman art, etc. If you are anxious about exams, please come to office hours and we can discuss study strategies one-on-one. If you would like to chat but can’t make it to scheduled office hours, just email me and we can find a time to meet.
    • I am happy to answer questions over email, but please check the syllabus first to see whether the answer is there.
    • I will respond to emails by the end of the next working day (which means that if you email me on Friday afternoon, I may not respond until Monday afternoon).
  • Grading
    • Students are expected to adhere to ethical behavior in their work, including following guidelines posted for each exam concerning group work and plagiarism/cheating.
    • Make-up exams will be given only in the case of illness or emergency, or for university-approved events (athletics, etc.) that are cleared with me in advance.
    • I’d be happy to discuss any of your graded work with you, but I ask that you wait twenty-four hours after receiving your exam back in order to begin to process my feedback. After the twenty-four-hour period, please feel free to email me to set up a time to meet. Unfortunately, I cannot discuss grades over email.

 

Schedule of Topics and Required Readings:

Week 1: Italy before the Rise of Rome and Roman Regal Period

M Jan 7: Introduction

W Jan 9: Greeks and Etruscans in Italy (Kleiner xx-xxxviii [stop before “Classical Period”])

F Jan 11: Etruscans and the Roman Regal Period (Kleiner 1-4)

 

Week 2: Roman Republic

M Jan 14: Rome and Latium under the Republic (Kleiner 4-15)

W Jan 16: Torelli, Mario. 2006. “The Topography and Archaeology of Republican Rome,” in A

Companion to the Roman Republic, eds. N. Rosenstein and R. Morstein-Marx. Blackwell. 81-101. [read only pages 81-84; 88-94]

F Jan 18: NO CLASS (Prof. L-R giving talk)

 

Week 3: Roman Republic

M Jan 21: NO CLASS (MLK DAY)

W Jan 23: Versluys, Miguel John. 2013. “Material Culture and Identity in the Late Roman Republic

(c. 200–c. 20),” in Companion to the Archaeology of the Roman Republic, ed. J. D. Evans. Blackwell. 429-440. [read only sections 2, 3; and 6: pages 431-432; 436-438]

F Jan 25: Etruscans during the Roman Republic (Kleiner xxxviii -xlvii)

 

Week 4: Roman Republic

M Jan 28: Writing assignment due; Republican Town Planning and Pompeii (Kleiner 16-29)

W Jan 30: Republican Domestic Architecture and Mural Painting (Kleiner 30-45)

F Feb 1: Republic: From Marcellus to Caesar (Kleiner 46-59)

 

Week 5: Augustus

M Jan 4: Snow Day!

W Feb 6: Augustus (Kleiner 60-73 [stop before “Mural Painting”])

F Feb 8: Augustus (Kleiner 73-77) and Review

 

Week 6: Early Empire

M Feb 11: class canceled due to snow/ice

W Feb 13: class canceled due to snow/ice

F Feb 15: Midterm Exam [note new day]

 

Week 7: Early Empire

M Feb 18: NO CLASS (PRESIDENTS DAY)

W Feb 20: The Afterlife in the Early Empire (Kleiner 78-87)

F Feb 22: The Flavians and Nerva (Kleiner 120-137)

 

Week 8: High Empire

M Feb 25: Lenski, Noel. 2013. “Working Models: Functional Art and Roman Conceptions of Slavery,” in Roman Slavery and Roman Material Culture, ed. M. George. University of Toronto Press. 130-157.

W Feb 27: Trajan (Kleiner 152-169)

F March 1: Hadrian (Kleiner 170-185)

 

Week 9: High and Late Empire

M March 4: Antonines and Egyptian Mummies (Kleiner 187-201, 227-229)

W March 6: Severans (Kleiner 230-245)

F March 8: Lepcis Magna and the Eastern Provinces (Kleiner 246-261)

 

Week 10: Late Empire

M March 11: The Tetrarchs and Constantine (Kleiner 278-282 [stop before “Architecture and Relief Sculpture”]; 290-298 [stop before “Aula Palatina, Trier”])

W March 13: Gessert, Genevieve. 2014. “Ideological Applications: Roman Architecture and Fascist Romanità,” in A Companion to Roman Architecture, ed. R. B. Ulrich and C. K. Quenemoen. Blackwell. 426-445

F March 15: Review

 

Final Exam: Tuesday March 19 8:30am-10:20am (SIG 225)

Catalog Description: 
Roman architecture and art, with emphasis on the innovations of the Romans; illustrated by slides. Offered: jointly with ART H 342.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Credits: 
3.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:12pm
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