Introduction to Ancient Rome

CC (s)302 (82005) Summer 2009

Forum Romanum

In The News ...

Friday, July 3rd


Mitochondrial DNA taken from the remains of Bronze Age Etruscans, and people who lived in the Tuscan region during the Middle Ages, have been compared to samples from the modern Italian population. Scientists did not find a clear genetic link between current Tuscans and the Etruscans, but did find a link between medieval and modern populations.

Friday, June 19th


The oldest image of the Christian St Paul the Apostle has been found on the walls of the Catacomb of Santa Tecla in Rome, according to Vatican archaeologists. The image dates to the late fourth century AD. Church tradition holds that Paul was first buried in a catacomb on the Via Appia, before being moved to the Basilica of St Paul.

Tuesday June 16th


Excavations in Pozzuoli (outside Naples) have reportedly yielded twelve marble Roman sculptures (including a head of the emperor Titus), columns, and fragments of monumental inscriptions.

Sunday, May 3rd


Rome's extensive underground maze of Christian, Jewish, and pagan burial sites, known as the Catacombs, will now be fully documented in 3D, following a three-year mapping project using laser scanners.

Wednesday, April 29th


Conservators have reassembled a Roman millefiori bowl found in a 2nd-3rd cent. AD burial. The glass dish, the first of its kind to be excavated in western Europe, is giving a fresh insight into the life of Roman London.

Recommended ONLINE RESOURCES


The Rome Project (web resources listed according to category - literature, military, archaeology, political, general, philosophy, drama, religion, search engines, and maps):

http://intranet.dalton.org/groups/rome/


Illustrated History of the Roman Empire (interactive maps, reference articles, and other useful guides):

http://www.roman-empire.net/


Encyclopedia of Roman Emperors:

http://www.roman-emperors.org/


Portrait Gallery of Roman Emperors:

http://www.livius.org/ei-er/emperors/emperors01.html


Roman Government (cursus honorum):

http://www.vroma.org/~bmcmanus/romangvt.html


Roman Forum:

-- Computer Restoration (ca. 400AD) - 3D representation of the Forum monuments, interior and exterior; an exciting access to results of the Rome Reborn Project:

http://www.cvrlab.org/projects/real_time/roman_forum/roman_forum.html


-- Clickable Map of Roman Forum (with links to articles/pictures of various monuments - names given in Latin!): http://www.vroma.org/~forum/forum.html


Introduction to the Roman Calendar:

http://www.webexhibits.org/calendars/calendar-roman.html#anchor-roman


Private Life of the Romans (online version of the 1932 book by H.J. Johnston, still a comprehensive and useful source of information on dress, food, occupations, money, etc.):

http://www.forumromanum.org/life/johnston_intro.html


Roman Food (with links to festival days, ingredients, and four recipes at the bottom of the page):

http://www.practicallyedible.com/edible.nsf/pages/romanfood


Pompeii in Pictures (photographic plan of the entire city, in its excavated extent):

http://pompeiiinpictures.com/pompeiiinpictures/index.htm


Roman Names:

http://www.vroma.org/~bmcmanus/roman_names.html


Roman Building Technology and Architecture (excellent resource, with photographs from across the empire, on Roman concrete, roads, bridges, water supply systems, etc.):

http://id-archserve.ucsb.edu/arthistory/152k/index.html


Gladiatorial Games:

http://depthome.brooklyn.cuny.edu/classics/gladiatr/index.htm

Extra Credit Assignment:


WATCH these TWO EPISODES FROM "Lost Worlds: The Roman Empire" DOCUMENTARY series. cONSIDER THE FOLLOWING QUESTION:


hOW WAS rOMAN POWER A PROCESS OF INTERACTION BETWEEN PEOPLES IN THE PROVINCES?


rESPOND TO THIS QUESTION USING EVIDENCE FROM THE VIDEO. yOur response essay should be written in paragpaphs, one page single-spaced. You can hand in the assignment at any point up to Saturday', August 15th, 2pm.

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