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CLAS 3031EX - Rome's Twilight Study Tour

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Term 4
Campus: External
Contact: Study Tour
Restriction: Only for BA and BA(Adv) or external equivalent
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: No
Discovery Experience – Global: Yes
Quota: A quota of 10 applies
Pre-Requisite: At least 6 units of Level II Arts courses
Assumed Knowledge: CLAS 2039EX
Incompatible: If the quota has been reached preference will be given to students who have completed one or more CLAS Level II or III courses
Assessment: 1000 Word seminar paper 20%, 3500-4000 word research essay 70%, Seminar Participation 10%

Explore the world of Late Antiquity first-hand by visiting key monuments, sites and museums in Milan, Ravenna, Aquileia and Rome - all cities which in the 4th century CE were home to Roman emperors. This intensive overseas study tour provides a first-hand experience of Late Roman material culture, particularly of the fourth and fifth centuries CE. Not only style, but forms of elite art changed radically in Late Antiquity. The museums of Milan, Ravenna and Aquileia as well as their accessible remains provide valuable insights into the changing tastes of this late Roman world. Plans, models and CGI are useful visualisations, but part of the professional development of an archaeologist is to experience and understand the difference between them and the often disparate fragments on which they are based. For art historians and historians, understanding what artefacts and monuments can tell us about the past is also an invaluable skill. Moreover, nothing compares with the emotional impact of experiencing the Roman world directly. Students will develop skills in observation, reflection, induction, and deduction on archaeology-specific issues in an international context, through museum- and site-based studies of published artefacts, artworks and/or sites. In Rome, students will not only study the material at the Crypta Balba museum but also explore Late Imperial buildings here as well as in nearby Ostia. We will also visit the Bay of Naples. Whilst best known for its early Imperial cities - Pompeii, Herculaneum - this region also has its share of Late Antique monuments, including painted tombs in Naples, whilst the National Museum of Naples is one of the world's greatest archaeological collections. Finally, day visits to the 1st century cities on the Bay of Naples will allow students to form their own comparisons and contrasts with the Late Roman cities previously explored.

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Postgraduate Coursework
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Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Term 4 Tue 18/10/2022 Tue 18/10/2022 Tue 22/11/2022 Wed 14/12/2022

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Fieldwork
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
46067 01EX 10 8 This class does not have any timetabled face-to-face sessions. Please check MyUni or contact your Course Coordinator for details.