Archaeology of the Roman provinces

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to deepen knowledge of Roman archeology, with particular regard to areas outside the Italian peninsula, to define the outcomes of the contact between the Romans and the populations and cultures of continental Europe, northern Africa and the Mediterranean. Oriental.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge: The course aims to offer students an advanced knowledge of Roman archeology within the territories of the Roman empire outside the Italian peninsula, through the examination of significant cases, presented critically. Students will acquire knowledge on the main subjects and conceptual systems of the discipline, at an advanced level, with particular attention to Roman architecture, artistic production and material culture, based on updated methodologies and critical tools and in light of the most recent studies.
Skills: Students will develop, at an advanced level, reading skills and critical synthesis of themes and problems of archeology and history of ancient art, through the comparative analysis of historical, social and cultural phenomena; they will also acquire reading skills in figurative production and architectural monuments, also in relation to the contexts in which they were created.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Lessons will take in person.
Students will be able to find all the informations to access the lessons (links etc.), any changes to the program and to the reference material (bibliography, etc.) on the Ariel teaching website.
If it will be not possible to take the exam in the manner provided for in the Syllabus, the exam will be held electronically in the manner that will be communicated on the Ariel teaching website at the end of the course.
Course syllabus
Part A (20 hours; 3 credits): The Roman Empire, the Western Provinces
Part B (20 hours; 3 credits): The Roman Empire, the Eastern Provinces
Part C (20 hours; 3 credits): Emperor Hadrian and the Empire

6-credit exam attending: Parts A + B
- Texts 1, 2

9-credit exam attending: Parts A + B + C
- Texts 1, 2, 5; or texts 1, 2 and three essays between 6-11.
- topics of lessons of didactic unit C (images available at the end of the course on the Ariel website)

6-credit non-attending exam: Parts A + B
- Texts 1, 2, 3

9-credit non-attending exam: Parts A + B + C
- Texts 1, 2, 3, 4
Prerequisites for admission
Preliminary knowledge of Roman history and Roman archaeology are highly recommended for exam preparation.
Teaching methods
Lessons are held with image projections. The images of the Part C will be available from the end of the lessons on the Ariel website of the course.
Teaching Resources
1. G. BEJOR, M. T. GRASSI, S. MAGGI, F. SLAVAZZI, Arte e archeologia delle province romane, Mondadori Università, Milano 2011.
2. P. GROS, M. TORELLI, Storia dell'urbanistica. Il mondo romano, Laterza, Roma - Bari 1994, pp. 237 - 426 (in subsequent editions the pages are different; the chapters relating to the western and eastern provinces must be studied: L'arte europea di Roma and Il Mediterraneo e l'Oriente).
3. R. BIANCHI BANDINELLI, Roma. La fine dell'arte antica, Rizzoli, Milano 1970, pp. 105- 378 (del volume esiste anche un'edizione economica. Nelle diverse edizioni le pagine sono differenti; da studiare i capitoli L'arte europea di Roma e Il Mediterraneo e l'Oriente).
4. M. T. GRASSI, Palmira. Storie straordinarie dell'antica metropoli d'Oriente, Milano 2017.
5. M. TALIAFERRO BOATWRIGHT, Hadrian and the cities of the Roman Empire, Princeton UP, Princeton 2000.
6. M. CAVALIERI, S. JUSSERET, Hadrien et la Crète: Le Témoignage des statues cuirassées de Gortyne et de Knossos, in "Athenische Mitteilungen"124, 2009, pp. 357-402.
7. A. CORCELLA, M.C. MONACO, E. NUZZO, Ancora su Pausania I 18, 9, la cd Biblioteca di Adriano e il Panellenio, in "Annuario della Scuola Archeologica di Atene e delle Missioni Italiane in Oriente" 91, 2013, pp. 111-156.
8. J.M. CORTÉS COPETE, ¿Un Traianeum en Itálica?, in Dialéctica histórica y compromiso social: homenaje a Domingo Placido, 2010, pp. 583-596.
9. M. NASSAR, Hadrian's archs from Roman period Jordan: a comparative study, in "Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry", Vol. 14, No 1, 2014, pp. 247-259.
10. F. SLAVAZZI, Eroi locali e imperatori a Perge (Pamphylia): i monumenti, in "Studi Classici e Orientali" 61, 2010, pp. 273-289.
11. P. VITTI, Il ninfeo adrianeo di Argo, in "Annuario della Scuola Archeologica Italiana di Atene e delle Missioni Italiane in Oriente", 96, 2018, pp. 275-299.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The oral examination consists of an interview on the texts indicated in the program and on the topics covered in class, with the recognition of images, aimed at ascertaining the knowledge acquired.
Warning: in preparing for the exam, the sequence of modules must be respected. 6-credit exam: Parts A + B. 9-credit exam: Parts A + B + C.
International or Erasmus incoming students are invited to contact the teacher in charge of the course.
The examination procedures for students with disabilities and / or with DSA must be agreed with the teacher, in agreement with the competent Office.
Unita' didattica A
L-ANT/07 - CLASSICAL ARCHAEOLOGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-ANT/07 - CLASSICAL ARCHAEOLOGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-ANT/07 - CLASSICAL ARCHAEOLOGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Educational website(s)
wednesday 14.00-17.00
Sezione di Archeologia - via Festa del Perdono 7, Cortile della Legnaia