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CLAS 3028 - Cities Silk & Spice Routes in Roman Archaeology

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 1
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: Yes
Pre-Requisite: At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study including at least 3 units of Level II Classics courses
Incompatible: CLAS 2028
Assessment: Museum research (500 words) 5%, Tutorial paper (1000 words) 10%, Essay (2250 words) 35%, Exam 40%, Visual test 10%

The world of the Roman Empire was culturally and geographically diverse with a 'globalised' economy. This course explores this internationalised world, and the effects of cultural interactions between Rome and her neighbours and subjects by focussing on the archaeological evidence from a selection of cities along the famous silk and spice route(s) that led eastwards, beyond the borders of the Empire. What does the rich cultural diversity of cities such as Dura-Europus in Syria or Alexandria in Egypt tell us about Roman provincial life, about the processes by which cultures evolve? The first part of the course will provide background to two themes: 1) the Hellenistic origins of these cities, and 2) 'mainstream' trends in Roman material culture of the 1st-3rd centuries AD. We will then explore in detail the architecture, sculpture, pottery and other forms of material culture from cities made famous by the spice and silk routes. These include Palmyra, Dura-Europus, Petra and of course Alexandria. Sites beyond Rome's borders may also be included (such as Hatra). Some classes will be held in the Museum of Classical Archaeology. Students will benefit from having completed The Art and Archaeology of Rome, and a certain basic knowledge of the earlier period will be assumed. Note that regular attendance at lectures and tutorials is compulsory, since all contain images which may be included in exams.

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Units EFTSL Pre-2010 2010 Onwards Domestic International
3 0.125 Band 1 $820 Band 1 $820 select program select program

Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 1 Mon 18/03/2019 Sun 31/03/2019 Fri 10/05/2019 Fri 14/06/2019

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
18585 LEC0 40 30 No details available
Note: Online Lecture
Related Class: Tutorial
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
11927 TU02 20 10 6 Mar - 10 Apr Wednesday 10am - 11am Hartley, 122, Teaching Room
8 May - 12 Jun Wednesday 10am - 11am Hartley, 122, Teaching Room
Related Class: Seminar
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
11929 SE01 40 30 5 Mar - 9 Apr Tuesday 5pm - 6pm Napier, 209, Lecture Theatre
30 Apr - 11 Jun Tuesday 5pm - 6pm Napier, 209, Lecture Theatre