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

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Doel vak

• 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. 1100 BC and AD 400
• are able to place these developments in time and space
• have a firm grasp of the chronological framework of this period
• know and can 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 you an overview of the major historical and cultural
developments in Italy between ca. 1100 BC and AD 400, focusing on
Etruscan and Roman history and culture. Recurring themes are the
emergence and development of states and political systems, in particular
the Etruscan city-states, the Roman republic and the Roman empire,
considered in connection with developments in the wider Mediterranean
world. Two aspects are particularly important: how developments in
different parts of the Mediterranean were interrelated, and the
interplay between material culture and mental concepts in these
developments. Next 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 (35%).
To pass the exams, a minimum of [55] points for each is required.


• De Blois, Van der Spek. An Introduction to the Ancient World, 3rd
edition (in press).
• 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 prof. dr. M. Gnade
Examinator prof. dr. M. Gnade
Docenten dr. J.J. Flinterman
prof. dr. M. Gnade

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