Spring 2017 - ARCH 332 E100

Special Topics in Archaeology I (3)

Roman Art and Archaeology

Class Number: 3073

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    AQ 4130, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 12, 2017
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    AQ 5018, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Sabrina Higgins
    Office: AQ 6194
    Office Hours: Mondays 1:00-3:00pm
  • Prerequisites:

    To be announced.



This course will be offered from time to time to meet special needs of students and to make use of specializations of visiting faculty members.


This course offers an introduction to the art and archaeology of Rome, covering the time period that extends from approximately 700 B.C. to the 4th century AD. We will begin by examining the history of pre-Roman Italy, while placing a special focus on the art and archaeology of the Etruscan civilization. Next, we will move to the Early Roman period the notable Greeks and Etruscans influences that permeate the art and architecture of this period. This is followed by the artistic manifestations of the Roman Republic, and the birth of “Imperial” Rome under the Emperor Augustus. The second half of the course will focus on the Imperial Period – urban planning, architecture, sculpture, painting and minor arts – from the Flavians to Constantine (fourth century) and the rise of Christianity. The material is analyzed in its original historical, political and cultural context. The art and architecture of Rome will form the basis of the material covered in this course, but we will also explore the art and archaeology of several Roman provinces and the mechanisms that held this vast empire together. The course will address several issues: stylistic changes and innovations throughout the centuries; the use of art as a vehicle of propaganda for the emperors; Roman art and the projection of Roman imperial power; the development of Christian art; and Roman art and its influence on the sculptural, architectural and urban design models that influenced western cultures for centuries to follow.  

The course is organized chronologically, forming three distinct units:  

1. Pre-Roman Italy and the Etruscan Civilization;
2. From the rise of Rome to the Republican period;
3. The Imperial Period (Augustus to Constantine)


  • Paper Proposal and Bibliography 10%
  • Midterm 25%
  • Final Paper 30%
  • Final Exam 35%


Prerequisite: 45 credit hours



Kleiner, F.S. A History of Roman Art. Belmont, CA. Thomson Wadsworth, Enhanced Edition 2010. 

ISBN: 978-0-4959-0987-3

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