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City of Rome


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

Propedeuse must be completed


This course will present students with the archaeological evidence about the development of the city of Rome focusing on Republican and Imperial times. The material remains of ancient Rome will be presented in the context of their contemporary social, political and economic structures.

Course objectives

In the lecture course students will get a basic knowledge of monuments, buildings and the urban fabric of ancient Rome as well as an insight into the archaeological methods and techniques currently used to research them.


Schedules can found found in the bachelor 3 rooster.

Mode of instruction

Lecture course with active participation;

Assessment method

Archaeology students will write two essays 2000-3000 words each.Topics and literature will be put on blackboard before the course starts. Hand in deadlines: 1st essay: 21 feb., 2nd essay 20 march.

Reading list

  • Boyle A.J. and Dominik W.J. (ed., 2003), Flavian Rome: culture, image, text. Leiden [etc.]: Brill, 2003.

  • J. Coulston J. and Dodge H. (ed., 2008), Ancient Rome. The archaeology of the eternal city. Oxford: Oxford University School of Archaeology.

  • Claridge, A. (1988), Rome: Oxford University Press.

  • Coarelli, F. (ed., 2007), Rome and Environs: An Archaeological Guide. Berkely, University of California Press.

  • S. Ensoli and E. La Rocca (ed., 2000), Aurea Roma: dalla città pagana alla città cristiana. Roma: “L’Erma” di Bretschneider.

  • Neudecker, R. (2005) Lebenswelten: Bilder und Räume in der römischen Stadt der Kaiserzeit. Wiesbaden: Reichert.

  • Haselberger, L. (ed., 2006), Imaging ancient Rome: documentation, visualization, imagination. Portsmouth, RI: Journal of Roman Archaeology.

  • Hofter, M. (ed.1988), Kaiser Augustus und die Verlorene Republik. Mainz: Von Zabern.

  • Scheidel, W. (ed., 2009), Rome and China: comparative perspectives on ancient world empires. Oxford [etc.]: Oxford University Press,

  • Steinby, E. M. (ed.,1993-2000), Lexicon topographicum urbis Romae vol. I-VI (Rome: Edizioni Quasar.

  • Wallace-Hadrill, A. (2008), Rome’s cultural revolution. Cambridge [etc.] : Cambridge University Press.

  • Zanker, P. (1988), The power of images in the age of Augustus. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press. Or the original in German: (1987), Augustus und die Macht der Bilder. München: Beck.


Register for this course via uSis.
Instructions for registration can be found in the uSis manual.

Contact information

For more information about this course, please contact Prof. dr. Natasja Sojc.