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Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. understand and discuss methodological and cultural aspects of Italian archaeology
  2. use archaeological evidence for their own research and to assess the conclusions of others
  3. undertake effective analysis of primary data
  4. think independently
  5. write with a convincing analytical style of argumentation.
    • Developments in Italian archaeology
    • The late Bronze Age: indigenous cultures and the Mycenaeans
    • The early Iron Age: the Villanovan phase
    • Early Rome
    • Pithecusae - an early Greek settlement
    • Phoenicians in the West
    • Etruscan civilisation: an overview
    • Etruscan Caere and Tarquinia
    • Greek colonisation in the west: an overview
    • Greek Metapontion and Poseidonia
    • Pompeii's foundation and early development; Roman Pompeii
    • Pompeii's ecology and economy
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Standard Media
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links

Equivalent subjects

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

  • MAQ-HST340


It is advisable to study at least eight subjects at Level 1 before you start this Level 3 subject. Level 2 major subject.

Special requirements

  • OtherDetails -

    Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

This unit was previously known as HST340 Prehistory to Pompeii: Archaeology in Ancient Italy.

This unit examines Italian archaeology from the Late Bronze Age until the early Imperial period. Topics selected for particular attention include the Villanovan phase; early Rome; the Etruscan civilisation; the early Greek settlements in Italy; the interactions of Etruscans, Greeks and Phoenicians; the impact of Greek and Roman culture on the indigenous peoples of the Italian peninsula, and the archaeology of Pompeii from prehistoric times until its burial in AD79.

  • (40%)
  • (10%)
  • Artifact Study (20%)
  • (30%)

Textbook information is pending.

Related degrees

undergraduate MAQ-ART-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Arts

  • Major in Ancient History
  • Major in English
  • Major in Modern History
  • Major in Philosophy
  • Major in Politics
  • Major in Society and Culture
  • Major in Sociology
  • Major in Creative Writing