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Prehistory to Pompeii: Archaeology in Ancient Italy - AHIS331

Pompeii was destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79, but it has a long history stretching back in time into prehistory. This unit sets out first of all (for 7 weeks) to explore the context of the urban development of Pompeii through an investigation of towns and sanctuaries across Italy from the Greek colonies in the south to the Celtic peoples of the north. Towns founded or taken over by Rome will be investigated, as will the sanctuaries of Italy. The second half of the unit is firmly focussed on the study of Pompeii and allows students to explore the city for themselves and to develop their own conclusions based on their research. Themes for the study of Pompeii will include: housing, streets, water-supply, temples and temple building, the use of the theatres and amphitheatre, artefacts and the history of excavation at the site.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

S2 Online - Session 2, Online

Staff Contact(s): Professor Ray Laurence

39cp at 100 level or above or (6cp in AHIS or AHST units at 200 level) Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): AHIS231, AHST236, AHST336, AHIX331
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Unit Type:
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Ancient History

Faculty of Arts

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