HISTART 389 - Pompeii
Section: 001
Term: WN 2019
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In 79 C.E. the Roman city of Pompeii, on the coast of southern Italy, was engulfed by the catastrophic eruption of the nearby volcano, Vesuvius. Parts of the city itself, and surrounding buildings and settlements, including the town of Herculaneum, were rediscovered beginning in the 1700s. The astonishing preservation of the streets and buildings of Pompeii has captured popular imagination ever since. This course will uncover the urban fabric of the city. We will look at how it was laid out, at public and private buildings and their decoration, and at the wider cultural, geographical and historical contexts. Using physical remains alongside texts in translation, we will explore aspects of the lives of the inhabitants, including entertainment, housing, religion, economy, slavery, political organization and expression, roles played by men and women inside and outside the family, and attitudes towards death. At the beginning of the course we will naturally focus more on background information on the site and its history; as the course progresses we will examine the approaches of current investigators to many problems posed by the remains.

Course Requirements:

2 Exams Short Writing Assignments (in total about 8 pages) Discussion Section Quizzes

Intended Audience:

The course is ideally suited for undergraduate students with some background in classical studies, art history, and classical art/archaeology (e.g., an introductory course such as CLARCH 221 or 222). Students without this background should read the introductory books covered in these courses on their own (the instructor will provide a list upon request).

HISTART 389 - Pompeii
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (DIS)
F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
004 (DIS)
W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 9780674029767
The fires of Vesuvius : Pompeii lost and found, Author: Beard, Mary 1955-, Publisher: Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press 2010
ISBN: 9780500290927
The complete Pompeii, Publisher: Thames et Hudson 2014
ISBN: 9780415666794
Pompeii and Herculaneum : a sourcebook, Author: Cooley, Alison,
ISBN: 9780812974614
Pompeii : a novel, Author: Harris, Robert, 1957-, Publisher: Random House Trade Pbks 2005
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