Topography and Monuments
of Washington Rome Center, Palazzo Pio Campus
Spring Quarter 2002
The 2002 Roman Topography and Monuments seminar has at its aim an introduction
and analysis of the general topography, primary monuments, artistic and
architectural styles, and building techniques of the ancient urbs.
Although the focus of our investigations will be the city of Rome itself,
we through a series of day trips (Ostia, Etruria, Tivoli, etc.) and one
overnight visit to the south (Pompeii, Herculaneum, Paestum, the Museo
Nazionale in Napoli) explore the extra-urban landscape of the world of
Roman antiquity. Most of the information you will need to know will
be provided in class and during our site visits (for which you should always
bring relevent texts [Claridge or the Blue
Guide], a notebook, and suitable writing materials), and so absolutely
consistent class attendance is a
sine qua non for this course.
The Latin 465 seminar will meet two mornings a week (generall, Monday and
Wednesday) to visit various archaeological sites and museums within the
city. Unless otherwise indicated, we will leave for these 'walking
tours' from the Pio Portone at 8:45 sharp, and so you should get
there about five minutes early to go over the plan for the day. On
most days, we will return to the Pio by around 12:00 or 12:30. It
is absolutely mandatory that you attend every site tour, as there
will be no 'review' trips to any of these locations. Remember to
come prepared to all of these site visits (cf. Kalendarium
for further details); you are expected to have read all basic ('introductory')
material before we leave for our site in the morning.
The Latin 465 seminar will meet twice a week in the Pio classroom (Monday
and Wednesday, from 3:00 to 4:30) to review and discuss the sites we have
visited on those days and to look ahead to the sites we will visit later
in the week. You are expected to have read all assigned material
by the beginning of the afternoon class for which it is due.
On most Fridays, we will venture as a group outside the city to
investigate the environs of Rome. Most of these visits will be 'day
trips,' but we have scheduled one 'overnight' journey (possibly even two
nights) to the South. Be advised that in the case of day trips, we
will return to the city after most markets and stores have closed, and
so you should plan ahead for any weekend food shopping you need to do (further
details on this can be found in your green Program Handbook).
During the course of the term, each student will present a twenty-minute
in-field Site Report on one of our walking / day trips (cf. Kalendarium).
Details to follow.
There will be a Mid Term exam on 1 May, and a Final Exam on 4 June.