Institutionen för arkeologi och antikens historia

Humanistiska och teologiska fakulteterna | Lunds universitet

Archaeology and Ancient History: The Lives of Roman Buildings - Construction, Reconstruction, Destruction


Course code: ARKN20
Swedish title: Arkeologi och antikens historia: Romerska byggnaders biografier - tillkomst, ombyggnad, förstörelse
ECTS credits: 7.5

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  • The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology will temporarily transfer to distance teaching and examination by using the online platform Canvas or the tool Zoom. Exceptions are possible with consideration to e.g. group sizes. The change will occur starting March 18 2020 and will persist until the recommendations relating to the corona epidemic change.

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Study period: spring 2020
Type of studies: part time, day
Study period: 2020-03-30 – 2020-06-05
Language of instruction: English
Eligibility: Students must have passed a BA course, and passed at least 60 credits in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Historical Archaeology, Art History, Architecture or Latin, or an equivalent main field.
Application code: LU-70241

Introductory meeting: 2020-03-31 at 13.15 – 15.00

Teachers: Penelope Davies, Henrik Gerding


Taking a broad view of Roman architecture from Republic to Empire, this course examines the evidence for different phases of ancient buildings’ lives, from construction to restoration to demolition, with a view to determining their political significances. The topic will be addressed from various perspectives, including the wider concept of “building biographies”, which focuses on the sequence of human activities that went into creating, using and abandoning a building. Although source material pertaining to Roman antiquity remains at the centre of the course, to some extent the lives of ancient buildings will be traced into the early modern times. Readings will cover issues such as damnatio memoriae (condemnation of memory) and vandalism, from diverse periods and cultures. Participants are encouraged, in turn, to bring expertise/interests from their own area of specialisation.


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