Spring 2022 - ARCH 313 D100

Roman Art and Archaeology (4)

Class Number: 7919

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
    AQ 5016, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    One of the following courses: ARCH 100, ARCH 201, HS 100, HS 231, HS 232, HS/HIST 277 or by permission of the instructor.



Introduces the art and archaeology of ancient Rome from 8th c. BCE to 4th c. CE through an overview of the material remains in their original historical, political and cultural contexts. Addresses several issues: stylistic changes and innovations, art as a vehicle of propaganda and art as projection of Roman imperial power. Students with credit for HS 313 cannot take this course for further credit. Students with credit for ARCH 332 under the title "Special Topics in Archaeology I: Roman Art and Archaeology" may not take this course for further credit.


This course will introduce you to ancient and classical Rome, from approximately 700 BCE to the 4th century CE, through a survey of the period’s art and archaeology. Organized chronologically, we will first travel through pre-Roman Italy to uncover Etruscan civilization, next we will explore the rise and formation of Rome and the Roman Republic. The final unit in the course will investigate Imperial Rome, from Augustus to Constantine, and the rise of Christianity. Emphasis is placed on identifying and analysing material remains to access the period’s social history. This course incorporates a range of archaeological and art historical case studies, including architecture, urban planning, sculpture, coinage, painting and minor arts, and other every-day objects that will be analysed within their original historical, political, religious and cultural context. Special interest will also given to the history and development of Roman and Classical Archaeology and the reception of Roman archaeology today, as we question the theoretical, methodological, and socio-political frameworks that have shaped the discipline.    


  • Art Exhibit 15%
  • Research Presentation 15%
  • Paper Proposal 5%
  • Annotate Bibliography 5%
  • Paper Outline 10%
  • Final Term Paper 25%
  • Quizzes (5 total) 25%



TEXTBOOK: This course has chosen not to use a textbook, rather assigned weekly readings will come from a variety of scholarly sources including journal articles, field reports, and academic books available as PDF’s on the course Canvas page, or as e-books via the SFU Library.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

Deferred grades will be given only on the basis of authenticated medical disability.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.