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Ancient Roman Historians – Undergraduate Course Audit – Summer 2019

560.00 IVA included

Instructor: Jan Gadeyne, Ph.D.

Meets Mon 3.05 – 5.05 PM / Wed 3.30 – 6.30 PM

Course Fee: 60€ (included in above price)

Summer Semester 2019 runs May 20 – Jun. 28


Ancient Roman Historians

In this course, students discuss and examine the physical remains of Roman culture, and explore the ways these artifacts affect the study of history. After looking at the Greek and Etruscan contributions to Rome life and a brief look at the limited remains from Republican Rome, the material from the Roman Empire will be surveyed. Special attention will be paid to architecture, city planning and sculpture. Detailed examination of the ruins from the city of Rome will comprise the bulk of the course. Students will be expected to do some work at area museums.

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.