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Ancient Roman Historians – Adult Scholars Program – Fall 2019

600.00 IVA included

Instructor: Jan Gadeyne, Ph.D.

Meets Mon / Wed 6.20 – 7.50 PM

Fall Semester 2019 runs Sept. 9 – Dec. 20


Ancient Roman Historians

This survey of Roman History begins with the foundation of Rome in the 8th century B.C. and ends with the founding of the Christian capital of the Empire at Constantinople. Students will read a narrative history, a study of various aspects of Roman society and culture, and a selection of the ancient sources upon which our knowledge is based. Archaeological material will be used to augment the literary sources. The influence of Rome on later Western Civilization in government and law will be studied as well as its role in determining the foundation of Christianity.

In Rome, the historical reality is analyzed as broadly as possible, in its political, economic, cultural and social aspects. Attention is paid to the literary and archaeological evidence; ancient texts are read and Roman sites are visited. Special topics include the origins of Rome between fact and fiction; the Hellenization of Roman society; literature and the age of Augustus; and the “end” of the Roman Empire.

About the Instructor

Jan Gadeyne has a PhD in Archaeology and Ancient Art History and an M.A. in Classics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Louvain, Belgium). He also studied late antique art and archaeology at the Westfälische Wilhelmsuniversität Münster (Germany). He came to Rome in 1987 with a grant of the Italian government and studied early Christian Archaeology at the Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana.

Since 1988 he has been teaching for several American study abroad programs, including Temple University, Cornell University, the University of Miami and Trinity College, and periodically lecturing for architecture programs, such as Yale University, the University of Maryland and Pratt Institute. His courses include Urban History of Rome in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, Ancient Roman Art and Architecture, Late antique and early Byzantine Art and Architecture, Ancient History of Rome and the Mediterranean. He has moreover walked over 50 times with students around the Aurelian walls of Rome.

Since 2005, he is co-director of the excavation of the Roman villa on the Piano della Civita in Artena (40 miles southeast of Rome). The title of his Ph.D. in Archaeology and Ancient Art History is “Function and dysfunction of the City: Rome in the 5th century AD.” He has published papers on Roman lead seals, Early Christian apse mosaics and recently on the formation of the street system in Early Medieval Rome and (especially) on the excavations of the Roman villa at Artena. He has co-edited, together with Gregory Smith, Perspectives on Public Space in Rome, from Antiquity to the Present Day, published by Ashgate in 2013. He is also one of the officers of the Rome charter of the Archaeological Institute of America.