The course is open to all students of Classics and/or archeology. It is an optional course that may be used for the Minor-slot of the BA-program.
The Palatine and the Forum are both central spaces for ancient Rome. While the Forum was a representational space under all kinds of Roman constitutions (monarchy, republic, imperial era), the Palatine gained its significance as political space especially in imperial times when it was transformed into the residence of the emperors. However, also here important historical spots of Rome’s earliest history of might remained visible (the hut of Romulus to name just one example). Both, Forum Romanum and Palatine thus make exellent cases in point to investigate the continuity of Roman cultural history, but also to analyse the dramatic changes this tradition faced especially during the transitions from republic to the Empire and again from the Empire to late antiquity.
Our course focuses on these interconnected areas in the heart of Rome because various methodological approaches in studying the city are currently being tested on these areas. Phenomena like monumentality can be studied here especially well, as if with a magnifying glass.
Increase knowledge about archeological remains and archeological methodology;
Increase the ability to read and interpret texts from antiquity and to engage with physical remains at the same time (interaction between material culture and literary studies);
Increase presentation skills;
Increase writing skills.
See timetable Griekse en Latijnse taal en cultuur.
Mode of instruction
Mixed form of lecture and seminar.
Shorter written essays etc. (weekly tasks): 35%;
Participation in class: 15%.
The compulsory literature will be distributed or made available in a reader at the beginning of the course. Further important bibliography will also be communicated at the beginning of the course.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
All Latin or Greek texts will be read in translation. Classics students, however, can choose to read a pensum of original texts. In this case, if they pass the oral exam, they can increase the course load up to 10 ects in total (i.e. 5 extra ects).