Art and Architecture Through Roman Eyes - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Source Analysis 1 (25%) , Assignment 2 - Source Analysis 2 (25%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as HST265 Art and Architecture Through Roman Eyes.

This unit provides an introduction to the artistic and architectural traditions of the Roman world from the late republic until the early imperial period. Learn about the development of the city of Rome from its foundation through to its transformation into the imperial capital of the Roman Empire under Augustus and his successors. We will analyse a wide range of ancient visual texts, including monuments, private buildings, buildings for entertainment and leisure, sculpture, painting, gems and coins as well as a selection of ancient written sources. Particular attention will be paid to the relationship between art, architecture and the development of Roman politics and society.

At the completion of this unit students will have gained:

  1. familiarity with a range of examples of Roman art and architecture
  2. a substantial understanding of the ways that Roman art and architecture reveal aspects of social and political contexts in which they were produced
  3. the ability to analyse relationships between visual and literary culture in the construction of Roman art and architectural history
  4. the ability to construct sustained and substantiated arguments and to present written work in a clear and academic manner
  5. an enhanced set of skills in communication as well as developing the ability to synthesise, discuss and evaluate historical issues.
  • Assignment 1 — Source Analysis 1 (25%)
  • Assignment 2 — Source Analysis 2 (25%)
  • Essay (40%)
  • Online Discussion (10%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HST265 — Art and Architecture Through Roman Eyes

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

This unit is taught with the presumption that the student has previously completed at least one Level 1 Ancient History unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Italy before the Romans: art and architecture of the Greeks and Etruscans
2The development of the city of Rome: Republican Rome I and monumental structures
3Republican Rome II: portraiture
4Republican Rome III: private buildings
5Republican Rome IV: buildings for entertainment and leisure
6Republican Rome V: artistic traditions
7Augustan Rome I: the imperial capital of Augustus
8Augustan Rome II: monumental structures
9Augustan Rome III: the image of Augustus
10Julio-Claudian art and architecture I: monumental structures
11Julio-Claudian art and architecture II: portraiture
12Imperial art and architecture in the Provinces
13Imperial art and architecture from the Flavians to the Severans

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Handbook of Roman Art

    By:Henig Martin

    ISBN: 9780714823010


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • Roman Architecture

    By:Sear, Frank

    ISBN: 9780415200936


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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