CLARCH 350 - Topics in Classical Archaeology
Section: 002 Technology, Production and Labor in the Roman World
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Classical Archaeology (CLARCH)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
CLARCH 221, 222, or 323.
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s).
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Have you ever wondered how the glistening marble interior of the Pantheon, the monumental arches of the Pont du Gard aqueduct, or colorful Roman glass vessels were made? This course investigates technology and craft production in the Roman world. We will learn how objects and buildings were made in Rome and its provinces by examining a range of topics such as mining and quarrying, ceramic and glass manufacture, monumental construction, water management, ancient machines, and shipping and transport, among others. We will consider questions about how technical knowledge was learned and communicated, how spaces of production, such as houses and workshops, were organized, and the role of laborers and artisans in Roman society. During the semester, students will become familiar with a range of evidence, from archaeological sites to museum objects to epigraphic and historical texts. Students will gain an understanding of Roman technologies and production processes, the wider social and economic roles of these processes in Roman society, and their legacy in the modern world.

Course Requirements:

Regular attendance and active participation, midterm and final exam, research paper and/or creative reconstruction project.

Intended Audience:

This class assumes no prior knowledge. Students with interests in classics, archaeology, art history, studio art, and/or engineering are especially encouraged to register.

Class Format:

This course has two scheduled meetings per week. Most classes will be lectures and/or discussion of preassigned readings. We will occasionally have interactive sessions to examine objects in the Kelsey Museum and the Papyrology Collection on campus.

CLARCH 350 - Topics in Classical Archaeology
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

The Oxford Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World is available electronically through the library, but students may find purchasing the paperback book useful.
ISBN: 9780415061377
Greek and Roman technology : a sourcebook : annotated translations of Greek and Latin texts and documents, Author: John W. Humphrey, John P. Oleson and Andrew N. Sherwood., Publisher: Routledge Reprinted 1998
ISBN: 9780199734856
The Oxford handbook of engineering and technology in the classical world, Author: edited by John Peter Oleson., Publisher: Oxford university press [1st pbk. 2008
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