75786 - Culture of Living Spaces in the Classical World (1) (LM)

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student acquires knowledge and abilities in order to pursuit an autonomous research concerning typologies and ways of living in the Antiquity. The student will be able to read and understand scientific litterature, to analyse the most important themes, to conduct an autonomous research and to elaborate results in oral and written form.

Course contents

Beginning: 19/03/2019

Tuesday, 11-13 h, Aula Fumagalli, San Giovanni in Monte

Wednesday, 17-19 h, Aula Gualandi, San Giovanni in Monte

Friday, 11 - 13, Aula Fumagalli, San Giovanni in Monte


EXTRA MOENIA. Rural settlement and housing culture in Vesuvian region

The course explores the territorial reality of the Vesuvian area, well known but still poorly investigated and studied.

After an introduction about the status quaestionis, it will follow the analysis of some specific realities conducted by various groups of research (Oplontis Project, Restoring Ancient Stabiae,...) or in regard to Villa Sora project (2016 -), the most recent project of Vesuviana program (1997 -), lead by Bologna University.

I - Definition: about terminology.

II - History of discoveries, researches and studies: status quaestionis and research perspectives for the future

III - Litterary sources: the ancient writers about living "in villa".

IV - Iconographical sources: landscape paintings and landscapes with villae.

V - Archaeological evidence: documents, materials, tassonomy.

V.1 - Rural buildings and productive villae.

V.2 - Residential villae.

V.3 - Principes' villae.


For students attending the course:

1.a - Carandini A.. La villa romana e la piantagione schiavistica, in Storia di Roma, V. Caratteri e morfologie, Torino, pp. 101-200

1.b - Marzano A.: Roman villas in central Italy. A social and economic history. (Leiden : Brill, 2007) , (Columbia studies in the classical tradition, 30)


2.a - Romizzi, L.: Ville d'otium dell'Italia antica. II secolo a.C. - I secolo d.C. (Napoli : Edizioni scientifiche italiane, 2001) , (Aucnus, 10) e

2.b - Lafon X., Villa maritima. Recherches sur les villas litorales de l’Italie romaine (III siècle av. J.-C./III siècle ap. J.-C.), Rome 2001

For students not attending the course:

the previous titles and one of the following books:

De Franceschini, M.: Le ville romane della X Regio (Venetia et Histria). Catalogo e carta archeologica dell'insediamento romano nel territorio, dall'età repubblicana al tardo impero. (Roma : L'Erma di Bretschneider, 1999) , (Studia archaeologica, 93)

De Franceschini, M.: Villa Adriana. Mosaici, pavimenti, edifici. (Roma 1991) XXVIII, 745 S., Abb. Taf., (Bibliotheca archaeologica, 9)

De Franceschini, Ville dell'agro romano. Roma 2005

Roman Republican villas. Architecture, context, and ideology. (Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2012) , ed. Becker, J.A.; Terrenato, N., (Papers and monographs of the American Academy in Rome, 32)

- Busana, M.S.: Architetture rurali nella Venetia romana. (Roma : L'Erma di Bretschneider, 2002) , (Le rovine circolari, 3)

Sfameni, C.: Ville residenziali nell'Italia tardoantica. (Bari : Edipuglia, 2006) , (Munera. Studi


Teaching methods

Frontal lessons with a great use of images (at the end of the course they will be provided in pdf documents);

seminars (presence is not mandatory);

lessons and conferences lead by professors from others universities or italian and international institutions.

At the end of the course (probably in May) a trip will be organized.

Assessment methods

The evaluation consists in an oral exam (questions about general or specific themes, recognition and description of monuments using photos and plans). It intends to evaluate:

knowledge and critical comprehension of the lessons contents and bibliography,

ability to relate some themes treated during the course,

written work or works,

fundamental notions of the discipline.

For attending students final exam will be aimed to verify the student's knowledge of the themes discussing during frontal lectures (only for attending students) as well as those treated in the program's texts.

Non-attending students will have to take an oral final exam about the themes treated in the program's texts.

The assessment will concentrate particularly on the skill displayed by the student in handling the sources and material in the exam bibliography and his ability to find and use information and examples to illustrate and correlate the various themes and problems addressed in the course.

The assessment will thus examine the student's:

- factual knowledge of the subject;
- ability to summarise and analyse themes and concepts;
- familiarity with the terminology associated with the subject and his ability to use it effectively.

Top marks will be awarded to a student displaying an overall understanding of the topics discussed during the lectures, combined with a critical approach to the material and a confident and effective use of the appropriate terminology.
Average marks will be awarded to a student who has memorized the main points of the material and is able to summarise them satisfactorily and provide an effective critical commentary, while failing to display a complete command of the appropriate terminology.
A student will be deemed to have failed the exam if he displays significant errors in his understanding and failure to grasp the overall outlines of the subject, together with a poor command of the appropriate terminology.

Foreign students will have the possibility to hold a written exam in the form of short questions: answers in English, French and Spanish are accepted.

Individual works and reserches could be done in one of these languages as well; however, the discussion will be in Italian.

Teaching tools

Video presentations (at the end of the course they will be available in pdf form).

Office hours

See the website of Antonella Coralini