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The Forum Romanum and the Palatine: Spaces that mattered


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

Propedeuse obtained.


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.
Various current methodological approaches for studying the city will be explored, e.g. looking at it from the point of view of its movement system.

Course objectives

In the lecture course students will get a basic knowledge of monuments, buildings and the urban fabric of ancient Rome . Also students will practise how to critically approach what is presented as facts in secondary literature.


Course schedule details can be found in the bachelor 3 time schedule.

Mode of instruction

Lecture course with interactive parts, feedback on essays.

Assessment method

Archaeology students will write 2 essays of 1,000-2,000 words each.

Assessment deadline

All assessment deadlines (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the examination schedule.

Reading list

  • Boyle A.J. and Dominik W.J. (ed., 2003), Flavian Rome: Culture, Image, Text. Leiden [etc.]: Brill, 2003;

  • J. Coulston J. & Dodge H. (ed., 2008), Ancient Rome. The Archaeology of the Eternal City. Oxford: Oxford University School of Archaeology;

  • Claridge, A. (2010), Rome. Oxford University Press;

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

  • S. Ensoli & 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.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for information on how to apply.

Contact information

For more information about this course, please contact prof. dr. N. Sojc.