Rome Program



TEXTBOOKS - Students may borrow most textbooks from the Program Library free of charge.

For all classes:
Blue Guide to Rome, edited by Alta Macadam, 10th edition

CLAS 4350, Ancient Rome:
Amanda Claridge, Rome: An Oxford Archaeological Guide, 2nd edition

*Peter J. Aicher, Rome Alive: A Source-Guide to the Ancient City, vol. 1 1st ed.

CLAS 4400, The Art of Rome:
Paul Zanker, Roman Art, 1st edition

CLAS 4305, The Urban Tradition:
*C. Hibbert, Rome: A Biography

*Copies of Aicher and Hibbert are available at the Pensione Ercoli for students to share: if you would like your own copy, please feel free to order them in advance and bring them with you to Rome.

Primers: concise introductions and description to important sites or concepts, available in digital format on eLC or in Dropbox

Images: these images are available in digital pdf format from the eLC website or in Dropbox.  They are divided by week and given numbers (4:3-7 = Week 4, images 3 through 7).  The images are intended primarily to supplement your experience on site and help you with specific dates or vocabulary. They will likely be most helpful as reviews at the end of the program.

All readings should be done for the date that they are listed (this will make it much easier to follow along during site or museum visits since the readings usually provide basic concepts, terminology and dates that will come up during our visits).  All numbers refer to page numbers in the texts (e.g. 243-7 = pages 243-247) except for Aicher where the numbers are for the literary passages.

Week 1
Mon 5/26     Morning (AM): Arrival
                        Afternoon (PM): Neighborhood stroll

Tues 5/27     The Eternal City: Which Rome Are You Looking At?
All classes:
Claridge: entry on San Clemente (319-324) and Ludus Magnus (319)
Blue Guide: Historical Sketch of Rome, pp. 9-30 and Piazza Venezia/Victor Emanuel (Vittorio Emanuele) Monument, 131-2

Wed 5/28     The Geography and Early History of Rome
CLAS 4350/CLAS 4400
Claridge: “Early Rome” and “Romulus’ City” (4-7) and entry on Circus Maximus (299-300); Documentary Sources (33- 34, I-VII)
Aicher [numbers specify literary passages rather than pages]: 3.1-2 (Foundation of Rome); 59 (Lupercal Cave); 118.1-2(Boat of Aeneas)

CLAS 4305
Hibbert: Chapter 1, “Myths, Monarchs and Republicans,” 3-23
Images: 1.1-3

Thurs 5/29   EXCURSION:             Etruscan Civilization
All classes:
Blue Guide, 375

CLAS 4350/CLAS 4400
Primer/handout on Greek Vase Painting Techniques Images: 1.6-23

Fri 5/3030   Etruscan Art
All classes:
Blue Guide: Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia, 373-7
Primer on Etruscan Architecture and Sculpture
Images: 1.24-31

Sat 5/31          Weekend
Sun 6/1           Weekend

Week 2
M 6/2             Monuments of the Roman Republic
CLAS 4350/CLAS 4400
Claridge: “Capital of Italy” (7-9) and entries on: Area Sacra Largo Argentina, Theater of Pompey (239-46), Tiber
Island (257-8), The Temples under S. Nicola in Carcere (279-82), and Forum Boarium temples (285-90)
Aicher: 81 (Commentary on Campus Martius) and 87.2, 6, 11 (Theater of Pompey)                       

CLAS 4305
Hibbert: Chapter 2, “Imperial Rome,” 24-44
Images: 2.1-8

Tu 6/3           The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
CLAS 4350/CLAS 4400
Claridge: “Capital of the Mediterranean” (9-10); introduction to the Forum Romanum and the Palatine (63-7; 125-31)
and Roman Concrete & Vaults (46-9)
Zanker: 87-97; 108-12
Aicher: From the Roman Forum section, IV.21.2, IV.23.2

We 6/4          Art of the Republic
CLAS 4350/CLAS 4400
Claridge: “Civil Wars” (10-11), and entries on the Forum of Caesar (163-9) and the Forum of Augustus (177-80)
Aicher: 73 Commentary and 73.1 (Forum of Julius Caesar); 74.6, 74.8, 74.12 (Forum of Augustus)
Zanker: 54-66

CLAS 4305
Hibbert: Chapter 3, “Bread and Circuses,” 45-63 Images: 2.9-10; 17-29 (from the Palazzo Massimo Collection)

Th 6/5           Augustus and the Pax Augusta
CLAS 4350/CLAS 4400
Claridge: “Augustus and the Imperial System” (12-15) entries on the Ara Pacis (207-14) and Mausoleum of Augustus
(204-7), Augustan Obelisk and Meridian (214-6)
Aicher: 95.1-95.5 (Altar of Peace), 96.2 and 96.13 (Mausoleum); 91.1-2 (Temple of Isis and Serapis)
Images: 2.11-12

F 6/6              Augustus and the Eternal City
Blue Guide: Sta. Cecilia in Trastevere (393-6), Sta. Maria in Trastevere (pp. 380-3) and Il Tempietto on the Gianicolo (398)

CLAS 4350/CLAS 4400
Claridge: Theater of Marcellus (275-7), Porticus of Octavia (253-6), Excubitorium of the Vigiles (407-8)
Aicher: 8.13 (Aqua Alsietina); 101.2-5 (Porticus of Octavia)

CLAS 4305
Hibbert: Chapter 4, “Catacombs and Christians,” 64-81
Images: 2.13-16

Saturday 6/7  Weekend
Sunday 6/8     Weekend:  Sunday night at 8pm, Meeting for ALL students—last minute details for our Campania Trip

Week 3
M 6/9             CAMPANIA EXCURSION, Day 1: Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Napoli, Herculaneum, and Villa at Oplontis
CLAS 4350/CLAS 4400
Primer on Roman fresco styles (from J. Berry, The Complete Pompeii)
Zanker: 1-33
Images: 3.Map, 18-25 (Naples Archaeological Museum Collection)

Tu 6/10         CAMPANIA EXCURSION, Day 2: Paestum (Greek Poseidonia)
CLAS 4350/CLAS 4400
Primer on Greek Architecture (from S. Woodford, The Art of Greece and Rome)
Images: 3.1-3

We 6/11        CAMPANIA EXCURSION, Day 3: Pompeii
CLAS 4350/CLAS 4400
Zanker: 121-44
Images: 3.4-17

Th 6/12         Julio-Claudian and Flavian Rome
CLAS 4350/CLAS 4400
Claridge: “Tiberius to Claudius,” “Nero and the Great
Fire of AD 64” and “The Flavians” (15-18); entries on the Golden House of Nero (301-3), Arch of Titus (121-3), Domitian’s Palace on the Palatine (145-55), and Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheater) (312-19)
Zanker: 84-7
Aicher: 65.1-8 (Domitian’s Palace); 68 Commentary and
68.1-2 (Nero’s Golden House); 70.1-70.4

CLAS 4305
Hibbert: Chapter 5, “Infamy and Anarchy,” 81-97
Images: 3.26-29

F 6/13           Trajan and the High Empire
CLAS 4350/CLAS 4400
Claridge: “The High Empire: Trajan” (18-19); entries on
the Forum of Nerva (174-6), Forum of Trajan
(180-92), Markets of Trajan (193-6)
Zanker: 97-108
Aicher: 77.6 (The Subura); 78.2 (Forum of Trajan)

CLAS 4305:
Hibbert, Chapter 6, “Saints, Tyrants and Anti-popes,”
Images: 3.30-33

Saturday 6/14            Weekend
Sunday 6/15               Weekend

Week 4
M 6/16          Hadrian’s Rome
CLAS 4350/CLAS 4400
Claridge: “The High Empire: Hadrian” (19-20); entries on the Temple of Venus & Roma (118-21), Pantheon (226-32), Mausoleum of Hadrian(Castel St. Angelo) (410-15)
Aicher: 90.1, 6, 7 (Pantheon), 97.1-3 (Mausoleum of Hadrian)

CLAS 4305
Hibbert: Chapter 8, “Renaissance and Decadence,” 125-139
Images: 4.1-2

Tu 6/17         Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli & Temple of Hercules Victor (if open)
Blue Guide: 541-7 (“Major Sights of Tivoli” through “Hadrian’s Villa”)
Images: 4.3

We 6/18        Antonine Rome
Blue Guide: Capitoline Hill, Campidoglio, and Capitoline Museums, 35-47

CLAS 4350/CLAS 4400
Claridge: “The High Empire: Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius” (20-21); entries on the Temple of the
Deified Hadrian (223-5) and the Column of Marcus Aurelius (219-21)
Aicher: 93.1 (Column of Marcus Aurelius)
Zanker: 67-84

CLAS 4305
Hibbert, Chapter 10, “The Sack of Rome,” 153-64
Images: 4.4-23 (includes highlights of the Capitoline Museum collection)

Th 6/19         Ostia Antica, port of Rome
Blue Guide: 526-39

CLAS 4350/CLAS 4400
Claridge: Pyramid of Gaius Cestius (397-401)
Zanker: 146-61

CLAS 4305
Hibbert, Chapter 11, “Recovery and Reform,” 165-179
Images: 4.24-31

Friday 6/20               Day Off: Long weekend      
Saturday 6/21
Sunday 6/22

Week 5
M 6/23          Severan Rome
Blue Guide: The Aventine 243-7 (Sta Sabina, Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta)

CLAS 4350/CLAS 4400
Claridge: “The Severans” (21-23); entries on the Arch of Septimius Severus in the Forum Romanum (78-9), Arch of the Argentarii (292-3), Baths of Caracalla (358-65) and the Septizodium (158-9)
Aicher: 45 Commentary and 45.1 (Arch of Septimius Severus); 130.1 and 4 (Baths of Caracalla)

CLAS 4305
Hibbert, Chapter 12, “Bernini and the Baroque,” 179-200
Images: 5.1-10

Tu 6/24         Late Imperial Rome
Blue Guide: Sta Maria Maggiore (293-297, through the apse mosaic description)
CLAS 4350/CLAS 4400
Claridge: “The Later Third Century” and “Maxentius, Constantine, and the Fourth Century” (23-9); entries on the Baths of Diocletian (393-6), Arch of Gallienus (335-6), Basilica of Maxentius/Constantine (115-17); Arch of Constantine (308-12)
Aicher: 71.1 (Arch of Constantine)

CLAS 4305
Hibbert, Chapter 15, “The Resorgimento and the Roman Question,” 244-273
Images: 5.11-18

We 6/25        Papal Audience/Late Imperial Rome
Claridge: “Rome and the Goths” (29-32)
Blue Guide: SS Cosmas & Damiano, or Domus Romane under Palazzo Valentini (schedule to be determined)

CLAS 4350/CLAS 4400
Zanker: 187-95

CLAS 4305
Hibbert, Chapter 16, “Royal Rome,” 274-85

Th 6/26         Late Antiquity and Post Classical Rome
Blue Guide: entries for Campo de’ Fiore (211-12), Piazza Navona (177-78), Piazza del Popolo (343), Fontana di Trevi (319), Piazza di Spagna (335-36)

CLAS 4350/CLAS 4400
Claridge: Campus Martius (177-81), entries for the Baths of Agrippa, Stadium and Odeon of Domitian (233-39)
Aicher: 88.1, 4-5 (Baths of Agrippa); 89.7 and 9 (Stadium and Odeon of Domitian)
Images: 5.19-20

F 6/27           Late Antique and Post Classical Rome
CLAS 4350/CLAS 4400
Claridge entries on Porta Maggiore and Tomb of Eurysaces (383-7), Nymphaeum of Alexander Severus (133-4), Fortifications (61)
Aicher: 8 (Aqueducts Commentary) and 8.12

CLAS 4305
Blue Guide: entries for S. Giovanni in Laterano, S. Andrea della Pace (325), S. Carlo alle Quattro Fontane (327)
Hibbert: Chapter 17, “Roma Fascista,” 286-304   
Images: 5.21-26                    

Saturday 6/28         Wrap up at the Museo della Civiltá Romana, EUR
Blue Guide: EUR (495-500)
Claridge: 492-3

Sunday 6/29   (Note: last Sunday of the month, Vatican Museums are free—but busy!!)
                                    Images: 5.19-24 (a few highlights of the Vatican Museum collection)

Week 6
M 6/30           Exam: The Urban Tradition

Tu 7/1                        Exam: Roman Art
All independent fieldtrip reports must be submitted by midnight on this date.

We 7/2           Exam: Ancient Rome
In the evening: final banquet at the Ercoli

Thursday July 3rd: Official departure from the Ercoli/end of program

The departure time of the bus to the airport (FCO) is to be determined, but assume that it will be early (ca. 6:00am!) since most of the flights are trans-Atlantic and take off times tend to be well before noon.

-updated 9/15/14