A Cultural History of the Ancient World 2: The Hellenistic World, Italy and Rome

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Doel vak

Upon completion of this course, students will:
• have a basic knowledge and understanding of the main cultural and
historical developments in Italy and the wider Mediterranean world in
the period between ca. 400 BC and AD 400
• have a firm grasp of the chronological framework of this period
• know and be able to apply the essential terms, notions, concepts and
stylistic characteristics current in contemporary scholarship in this
• have experience in tackling cultural-historical problems from an
interdisciplinary angle, using archaeological, textual and art
historical sources

Inhoud vak

This course offers an overview of the major historical and cultural
developments in Italy and the Roman world between ca. 400 BC and AD 400,
and traces the intensifying interaction of Rome with the wider
Hellenistic and Mediterranean world. Recurring themes are (1) the
emergence and development of states and political systems, in particular
the Etruscan city-states, the Roman republic and the Roman empire; (2)
how developments in different parts of the Mediterranean were
interrelated; and (3) the interplay between material culture and mental
concepts in these developments. In addition to the lectures, you work on
assignments that help you to further explore specific topics, to relate
theory to practice, and to work with written sources (in translation)
and original materials from the collection of the Allard Pierson Museum.


Lectures twice a week (2x 2 hours/week); seminar once a week (2


Individual or group assignments in weekly seminars (25%). Midterm exam
in week 3 (30%); final exam in week 8 (45%).
To pass the course, a minimum of [55] points for each exam is required.


• De Blois, L. & R. J. van der Spek 2019: An Introduction to the
Ancient World (3rd revised edition), Taylor & Francis, Abingdon.
• Steven L. Tuck, A History of Roman Art, (Wiley Blackwell), Oxford
• Selection of articles provided in pdf.


First-year ACASA students of Classics, Archeology, and Ancient Studies.
Course can also be followed as an elective, as part of a minor or of
exchange program.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode L_AABAAGO102
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P2
Vakniveau 100
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator M.K. Termeer
Examinator M.K. Termeer
Docenten M.K. Termeer

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