Readings & Schedule

My thanks to Sarah Bond for a productive discussion and suggestions for what a class such as this ought to be reading.
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Thursday September 5th. 1st class

Getting to know you, you getting to know me, & how all of this works

September 10. Week 1. Introduction; classicists v archaeologists; history of Roman archaeology

Paul Baxa, “Resurrecting a Pagan Landscape,” Road and Ruins: The Symbolic Landscape of Fascist Rome (2010), 121-134.

John Bodel, “Epigraphy and the Ancient Historian,” Epigraphic Evidence: Ancient History from Inscriptions (2001), 1-18.

Robin Osborne and Sue Alcock, “What is Classical Archaeology?” in Classical Archaeology (2012), 11-50.  (also online with some pages blanked, )

History through Objects: BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects. Warren Cup.

September 17. Week 2. Archaeological Theory, Historical Theory & points of intersection

Lorna Richardson, ‘A digital public archaeology?’ Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 23(1):10, DOI:

Stephen L. Dyson, “From New to New Age Archaeology: Archaeological Theory and Classical Archaeology-A 1990s Perspective” AJA Vol. 97, No. 2 (Apr., 1993), 195-206.

Ian Morris, “The Anthropology of a Dead World,” in Death Ritual and Social Structure in Classical Antiquity (1992), 1-30.

September 24. Week 3.  Cities

Primary: Vitruvius Excerpts (all excerpts)
On the location of a city:
On Sites for public buildings:

On the forum and Basilica:

Frischer, B., 2005. “The Digital Roman Forum Project: Remediating the Traditions of Roman Topography”, in Acts of the 2nd Italy-United States Workshop, Rome, Italy, November 3-5, 2003, Berkeley, USA, May, 2005 edited by M. Forte, BAR International Series 1379 (Oxford 2005) 9-21

Newsome, David John. The Forum and the City: Rethinking Centrality in Rome and Pompeii. PhD Thesis, University of Birmingham. 2010. Sections 3.2 and 3.3. (pgs 97-146).

Walter Scheidel, “Disease and Death in the Ancient City of Rome” (2009). Princeton/ Stanford Working Papers in Classics

Just for fun: Civ City – what assumptions about cities are encoded in the rules of the game?

October 1. Week 4. Countryside

Witcher, Rob. Settlement and Society in Early Imperial Etruria The Journal of Roman Studies , Vol. 96, (2006), pp. 88-123 Article Stable URL:, Brent. “Archaeology and Knowledge: The History of the African Provinces of the Roman Empire” Florilegium 2 (1980), 28-60., Jeffrey A. “Villas and Agriculture in Republican Italy,” in A Companion to the Archaeology of the Roman Republic (2013), 309-322.

October 8. Week 5. Trade

Go to the Oxford Roman Economy Project. Select two of the Working Papers to summarize and reflect upon. You might also select one paper and explore one database, as an alternative.

October 15. Week 6. Military

Valerie Hope, “Trophies and tombstones: Commemorating the Roman soldier,” World Archaeology 35.1 (2003), 79-97.  (look this up in Jstor while connected through the university system).

Vindolanda Online

Military Diplomas 

And a study of one in particular: James Russell. A Roman Military Diploma from Eastern Pamphylia American Journal of Archaeology , Vol. 95, No. 3 (Jul., 1991), pp. 469-488 Article Stable URL:

Remembering, searching, for the Battle of the Teutoburg Forrest

(clearly, there is a theme here of commemoration…)

October 22. Week 7. Art and Architecture


and then explore:

  • David West Reynolds, “The Lost Architecture of Ancient Rome: Insights from the Severan Plan and the Regionary Catalogues”

And everyone should enjoy this documentary.


October 28 to 1 November

November 5. Week 8. Religion

Webster, Jane. 1997. Necessary Comparisons: A Post-Colonial Approach to Religious Syncretism in the Roman Provinces World Archaeology , 28. 3: 324-338 Article Stable URL:

November 12. Week 9. Bread & Circuses & Bathing

Michael MacKinnon, “Supplying Exotic Animals for the Roman Amphitheatre Games”

Garrett Fagan, 2002  Bathing in Public in the Roman World – Introduction

Nice general roudup on bathing: Barbara McManus’ website

November 19. Week 10. Romanization, Resistance, Creolization

Sian Jones, ‘The Archaeology of Ethnicity’ – introduction, chapter 1. Full text. PAY ATTENTION to the case study on Romanization.

November 26. Week 11. Roman reception. Antiquities trade.

December 3. Week 12. Presentations & conclusions

December 9. Last class, last day of term. We’ll use this day for presentations, last minute emergencies, etc.

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