T4201 ARCHAEOLOGY AND HISTORY IN ROME
January 6-29, 2014
Rome is exciting! It is the largest archaeological site in the world and the physical and symbolic center of the Roman Empire. Prehistoric, republican, imperial, and early Christian remains are woven into the fabric of the modern city. Three millennia of continuous occupation have created a unique urban tapestry and “museum without walls”, which offer the most immediate experience of the human past. The material remains come to life in the rich documentary and literary evidence from the ancient period. We shall explore history, art, architecture and the famous figures who influenced them and whose genius shaped Roman culture. The original settings of diverse ancient voices will help us analyze a long range of historical periods as well as particular political, social, religious and cultural issues in the imperial capital as once a living organism. We shall experience and understand the issues of urban archaeology, such as excavation, conservation and presentation for tourists and scholars. During the site visits to Ostia and Pompeii, we will further explore the complexities of Roman urban life and will account for the relevance of past experiences to our current issues. Students and faculty will work together, share interests and engage one another with insights and interpretations.
*Each home institution may have supplementary fees in addition to the price listed.
Comprehensive Fee Includes: Transportation and course arrangements as indicated, hotel accommodations in twin and triple rooms, continental breakfast daily, two lunches and three dinners. (subject to change)
The course does not have any academic prerequisites.
Claridge, A. Rome. An Oxford Archaeological Guide. 2nd ed. Oxford U. Press 2010.
Kebric, R., Roman People. 4th edition. Mayfield 2005. (source book)
There will be additional, short, required readings (ancient texts, short articles and book reviews) handed out during the course.
20% Attendance and participation
40% Academic journal
10% Three short (1-2 pages) essays
30% Research paper
Ivancica Schrunk, Ph.D., University of St. Thomas (651) 962-5740
Thomas Schrunk, M.A. (612) 419-4124
Description of Faculty Directors
Dr. Schrunk lectures in ancient history and archaeology in the Department of History at the University of St. Thomas (senior adjunct faculty) and also lectured in ancient art in the Department of Art History at the University of Minnesota. She holds a Ph.D. in Classical Studies, an interdisciplinary degree in the fields of archaeology, history, ancient art, and classical languages. She has traveled frequently for extended periods of time doing research and field work in Europe, the Near East, and North Africa. She has led this course in the summers of 2001 and 2003 as well as for UMAIE in January of 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2013. She has contacts with archaeologists at the University of Rome and the American Academy in Rome.
Mr. Schrunk holds an M.A. in Art History and has extensive international research, study and work experience in North Africa (Roman mosaics), Syria and Lebanon (Roman period sites and architecture), Croatia (Diocletian’s palace in Split), and India (cave temples). His most recent experience (summers 2007-2012) was working with Dr. Schrunk on the archaeological research of a Roman villa in Croatia. Mr. Schrunk was a volunteer and a trainer/coordinator for the Peace Corps in India. He was assistant director for this UMAIE course in January 2008, 2011 and 2013.
Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2013
For more information on course content, contact Prof. Ivancica Schrunk
On application procedures or logistical information, contact your study abroad office.