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ANTH 357A - Study Abroad--Pompeii in Italy: Life and Death of a Roman City

  • 3 credits

Develop an understanding of Roman cultural, economic, and social history through archaeological analysis of Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy.


Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

1. Identify and describe important political, social, military, religious, and cultural developments in Roman Italy.

2. Analyze and interpret historical sources, including documents in translation, about the Roman Empire and Pompeii.

3. Engage in chronological reasoning and analyze change over time in relation to Pompeii and its beginnings in Italy.

4. Examine critically how people in Pompeii perceived their own history and recognize biases which were inherent in such perceptions.

5. Demonstrate and improve skills in communicating about the past through speech and writing, using evidence according to the standards of the historical discipline.

6. Analyze how Pompeii developed in terms of architecture over the course of the Roman Republic and Empire.

7. Examine how Roman citizens, women, and slaves would have lived in Pompeii and Roman Italy. 

8. Describe the history of excavations at Pompeii and Herculaneum and their effects on the preservation of the sites, buildings, and artifacts.

9. Engage in online discussions while respecting the views of others.