Syllabus – CLAS/ARTH 3019

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Current Students: For the most up-to-date syllabus, please refer to your Desire2Learn course shell for CLAS/ARTH 3019.

 

 

Required Textbooks

  • Beard, Mary. The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found. 1st ed. Belknap Press, 2010. (ISBN: 978-0674045866)
  • Berry, Joanne. The Complete Pompeii. Thames & Hudson, 2007. (ISBN: 978-0500051504)
  • Harris, Robert. Pompeii. Random House Publishing Group, 2003. (ISBN: 978-0812974614)

 

Recommended (if interested) for Further Study

  • Cooley, Allison and M.G.L. Cooley. Pompeii and Herculaneum. 2nd Routledge, 2014.
  • Dobbins, John and Pedar Foss editors. The World of Pompeii. Routledge, 2007.
  • Harris, Judith. Pompeii Awakened: A Story of Rediscovery. B. Tauris & Co. Ltd., 2007.
  • Lazer, Estelle. Resurrecting Pompeii. Routledge, 2009.
  • Pellegrino, Charles. Ghosts of Vesuvius. Harper Perennial, 2004.

 

Grade Breakdown

Attendance                                            10%

In-Class Essay Assessments              20%            (6 assessments of mostly essay format = 4% each)

Pompeii Historical Analysis              20%

Midterm Exam                                     25%

Final Exam                                            25%

 

Attendance & Assessments

Please be on time and present in lecture every week. Attendance is mandatory. You may receive two excused absences over the course of the semester. However, I must be informed of your absence prior to class on the day you intend to be gone. You must do all of the readings ahead of time and be fully prepared for lecture each week. All assessments must be completed in class, and they must be completed within the timeframe provided for submission. You will have 30-45 minutes to complete each in-class essay assessment. Once you’ve started the assessment, it must be completed within the time allotted. These assessments will focus on the material highlighted on the syllabus, but all readings assigned are fair game and welcome references in your essays. Your lowest score earned on these assessments will be dropped. No late accommodations will be made for assessments. All assessments are to be completed individually. No group work, cheating, or plagiarism will be tolerated. These actions will result in an automatic F.

 

SCHEDULE OF READINGS & LECTURES

 

WEEK 1: Course Introduction                                       

  • Course Introduction

Readings:

  • Beard Introduction, Berry Introduction
  • Pliny the Younger, VI.16 and 20 (1)

 

 WEEK 2: Volcanology and the Eruption of Vesuvius       

  • Volcanology
  • Pompeii the Last Day (50 min.)

Readings:

  • Berry Chap. 1
  • Hall – “Vesuvius Countdown” (1)                           
  • Wilburn – “Geography of Campania” (1)

 

WEEK 3: The History of Pompeii and Campania                        

  • Geography of the Naples Region
  • History of Pompeii within a Roman context

Readings:

  • Beard Chap. 1-2, Berry Chap. 3

In-Class Essay Assessment 1 – “Vesuvius”

 

WEEK 4: Discovery and Early Excavations of Pompeii    

  • Early Discoveries
  • Excavations Continued

Readings:

  • Berry Chap. 2
  • Lazer – “Victims of the Cataclysm” (2)
  • Hanneberg – “Medical Knowledge” (2)

 

WEEK 5: Public Architecture and Politics                       

  • Pompeii: Back from the Dead (85 min.)
  • Politics and Public Buildings

Readings:

  • Beard Chap. 5-6, Berry Chap. 4, Chap. 5 (only pp.120-133), and Chap. 8
  • Laurence – “Public Building and Urban Identity” (3)
  • Cooley – “Politics and Public Life” (3)

In-Class Essay Assessment 2 – “Human Remains”

 

WEEK 6: Roman Houses and Villas                               

  • The Roman Domus
  • Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

Readings:

  • Beard Chap. 3, Berry Chap. 6 (only pp. 154-161)
  • Petersen – “To Claim a Domus” (4)
  • Ackerman – “The Roman Villa” (4)
  • Petronius – “Trimalchio’s Dinner” (4)

In-Class Essay Assessment 3 – “In the Public Eye”

 

WEEK 7: Wall Painting                                                            

  • The Four Pompeian Styles
  • Midterm Exam Review

Readings:

  • Beard Chap. 4, Berry Chap. 6 (only pp. 162-185)

In-Class Essay Assessment 4 – “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”

 

WEEK 8: MIDTERM EXAM

  • MIDTERM EXAM
  • NO LECTURE TODAY (Start Reading Robert Harris’s Pompeii – assignment available on D2L)

 

WEEK 9: Herculaneum and the Villa dei Papyri             

  • Pompeii’s Neighbor: Herculanuem
  • Herculaneum Uncovered (60 min.)

Readings:

  • Sider – “Herculaneum’s Library in 79 A.D.: The Villa of the Papyri”
  • Bülow-Jacobsen – “Infra-Red Photography of Ostraca and Papyri”
  • Harris – 1st 100ish pages

  

WEEK 10: Spectacle                                                      

  • The Theater District (out early today)
  • =Amphitheaters and Gladiators

 

Readings:

  • Beard Chap. 8, Berry Chap. 5 (only pp. 134-153)
  • Jacobelli – “Spectacles at Pompeii” (5)
  • Harris –2nd 100ish pages

 

 WEEK 11: Religion and Cult                                         

  • Religion in a Greco-Roman City
  • The Imperial Cult

Readings:

  • Beard Chap. 9, Berry Chap. 7
  • Ward-Perkins/Claridge – “Entertainment, Sport, and Leisure” (5)
  • Harris – 3rd 100ish pages (finish the book)

 

WEEK 12: Roman Baths and Brothels                            

  • Roman Bathing
  • The Brothels and the Culture of Sex

Readings:

  • Beard Chap. 7
  • Yegül – “Bathing Rituals” (5)

In-Class Essay Assessment 5 – “Spectacles and Entertainment”

 

WEEK 13: Economic Life in a Roman Port City              

  • Ostia
  • Ostia vs. Herculaneum vs. Pompeii

Readings:

  • Gallico – Ostia Antica
  • Stöger – “Spatial Organization of the Movement: Economy: The Analysis of Ostia’s Scholae

POMPEII – HISTORICAL FICTION ANALYSIS PAPER DUE

 

WEEK 14: Death and Commemoration                           

  • Concepts of Death
  • Cemeteries and Ancestor Worship                                                                                                                        

Readings:

  • Beard Epilogue
  • Cormack – “The Tombs at Pompeii”
  • Transcript of 60 Minutes: Volcanoes – Nature’s Ticking Time Bomb (6)
  • Ruiz/Bailey – “Should Library Be Excavated?” (6)

 

WEEK 15: Tourism and the Future of Pompeii               

  • The Next Pompeii? (45 min.)
  • Should we excavate? (Final Review)

Readings:

  • Berry Chap. 9

In-Class Essay Assessment 6 – “Future of Pompeii and Herculaneum”

 

FINAL EXAM

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