The course aims at offering an insight into Roman archaeology from the perspective of urbanisation processes. Students learn how to understand the role of the city in the Roman West, to contextualise Roman material culture and how to apply practical and theoretical concepts in a academic paper.
This course explores the cultural influences from the Mediterranean area (as studied in the course Classical Archaeology) on the periphery of the Roman Empire, especially on the area of modern northwestern Europe. The course focuses specifically on the boundaries of the Roman empire, how were they created and how did they function? What was the impact of those boundaries on people living in these peripheral areas and what was the relationship between the empire’s centre, Rome, and the periphery? We will dive into theoretical concepts related to boundaries and the spread of Roman culture (“romanization”) and look at various case studies. We will also visit museums and explore archaeological sites in the Netherlands to study local Roman culture and to get a first-hand insight into the long arm of Rome. As such, this course bridges the gap between the material culture of the Mediterranean Graeco-Roman world and medieval archaeology of northern Europe. The courses in this minor are taught in English. If all students are native Dutch speakers, the course will be taught in Dutch. Students may complete their assignments, papers and tests in either Dutch or English.
Early Exit option for international exchange students (5 ECTS)
Exchange students who are required to return to their home university before January, are allowed to choose an Early Exit option for this course. The Early Exit option means that students can finish the course before Christmas break, receiving 5 ECTS for the course. Students must make arrangements with the course coordinator at the start of the course.