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Rome Study Abroad Program Course Descriptions

Ancient Rome and Her Many Cultures

Course Number: TC 357 or LAH 350

Instructor:
Professor Karl Galinsky, Floyd A. Cailloux Centennial Professor of Classics, University Distinguished Teaching Professor

Description: One of the prevailing stereotypes about ancient Rome is that it was a largely homogeneous culture and that the “Romanization” of the ancient Mediterranean connotes similar sameness. In fact, Rome, like the US—and we’ll pursue some of these analogies—from its very beginnings was a hybrid of different ethnicities, cultures, and religions. The dynamic openness of Roman civilization to such influences and to creative adaptation were major reasons why Rome lasted so long and had such an impact on western civilization. A related issue on which we will focus is national identity and its constant evolution; similarly, Romanization was an ongoing, rather than finite, process.

The seminar will explore these issues through background readings and visits to many of the material remains in the city of Rome and its environs. Major topics will be the impact of the Etruscans on early Rome; Rome’s adaptation of Greek culture in literature, art, and architecture and the related issue of Roman originality; the presence of foreigners and foreign cults in the city; the Greco-Roman basis of early Christianity; and the issue of e pluribus unum—how to establish some sense of community amid all this variety. The aim of the seminar is not to exhaust any of these subjects but to provide a deeper insight into some of the essential characteristics of Rome and her legacy.

Texts/Readings:
M.T. Boatwright et al., A Brief History of the Romans (Oxford U.P. 2006)
Amanda Claridge, Rome. An Oxford Archaeological Guide, 2nd ed. (2010)
Vergil’s Aeneid (Fitzgerald translation, Vintage ed. 1990)
Course packet with selections from Greek and Roman authors (Polybius, Livy, Juvenal, and modern works such as E.S. Gruen, Culture and National Identity in Republican Rome, Cornell U.P. 1992) and Amy Chua, Day of Empire (NY 2007).

Assignments:
Class participation (incl. contributions to discussion at sites): 25%
Short papers/reports (given on site or in seminar; 5pp. paper [can be based on report] due each week): 25%
Midterm: 15%
Final: 20%
Final research paper and presentation: 15%

About the Professor:

Dr. Galinsky has directed numerous study abroad projects, including offering this program twice prior in Rome (2008 & 2009) teaching U.S. students in a foreign setting.  At the adult level, he has offered several summer seminars at the American Academy in Rome and been director of educational tours in most Mediterranean countries, incl. North Africa and the Near East.  Dr. Galinsky has spent some six years in Rome.  He visited Rome four times in 2011, including for chairing an international conference on Roman cultural memory.

Dr. Galinsky was born in 1942. He completed high school in Germany, earned a B.A. from Bowdoin in 1963, and his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1966. He has been at UT Austin since 1966 and was tenured at age 26, a full prof. at age 30, and dept. chair at age 32. Dr. Galinsky has numerous publications, especially on Roman civilization, and numerous grants, including a Guggenheim, NEH Fellowships, and many NEH projects such as seminars for college and schoolteachers. He has been active in faculty affairs, including serving as chairman of the Faculty Senate, Graduate Assembly, and Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility. He is a frequent consultant to other universities on academic programs, and a frequent lecturer or director of study tours for various organizations to the Mediterranean. Dr. Galinsky has numerous off-campus distinctions such as the National Phi Beta Kappa Lecturer in 1989-90. He is a specialist on the Augustan Age in Rome, which has included work for NPR and PBS. In 2009 he was awarded the International Max-Planck Prize in Humanities (EUR 750,000) for research on the role of cultural memory in ancient Rome.

Preserving a World City

Course Number: HMN 350 or LAH 350

Instructors: Darius A. Arya, Ph.D., Executive Director and Co-Founder of The American Institute for Roman Culture & Alberto Prieto, Ph.D., Associate Director of Archaeology at The American Institute for Roman Culture

Description: The course will involve a close-up study of the conservation and preservation of Rome through an examination of cultural heritage sites and their architectural history. Rome is a city that belongs to the entire world due to its unparalleled richness, preserved in layers throughout and under the city. It is the ideal urban center in which to examine the impact that the material cultural has had and continues to exert on Romans and international visitors to the city.
 
Students will be exposed to ongoing archaeological excavations, new museum arrangements, and new architectural spaces created in Rome in the past few decades. Digs and archaeological sites include AIRC excavations and conservation projects, Villa delle Vignacce and the Santa Maria Antiqua restoration project. Museum collections are considered in a new light through contemporary displays, arrangements, and structures. We will examine the Capitoline Museums and Palazzo Altemps as two case studies. New architectural spaces, made in the past two decades, confront much older projects from Rome’s past, dating between the seventh century BC to the Fascist era. The contemporary architectural projects include the Ara Pacis museum (R. Meier), Mausoleum of Augustus (restoration project and new piazza space), Rome’s new Auditorium (R. Piano), and the museum of contemporary art: MAXXI (Z. Hadid).

Texts/Readings: Course packet (available in Rome)

Assignments:
Class participation (incl. contributions to discussion at sites): 25%
Short papers/reports (given on site or in seminar; 5pp. paper [can be based on report] due each week): 25%
Midterm: 15%
Final: 20%
Final research paper and presentation: 15%

About the Professors:
Darius A. Arya, Ph.D. is the Executive Director and Co-founder of the American Institute for Roman Culture.  Responsible for the day-to-day operation of the nonprofit, he also directs all Archaeology & Classical Civilization programming and co-directs the Institute's Villa delle Vignacce excavation project. Dr. Arya received his bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He first studied in Rome in 1992, and returned to the city in 1998 on a Fulbright Fellowship. He is also a Rome Prize recipient from the American Academy in Rome and received a fellowship from the University of Texas.

Alberto Prieto, Ph.D. is AIRC’s Associate Director of Archaeology and a regular course instructor. He earned an A.B. in Classical languages from Harvard College, an M.Litt in Ancient History from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, a PhD in Classical Archaeology from the University of Texas at Austin, and most recently a 2-year professional degree in film-making with a specialization in cinematography from ACT Multimedia in Cinecittà, Rome. He has been involved in archaeology since 1993, working primarily on projects in Italy, as well as Turkey, including excavations, field surveys, remote sensing and geophysical prospection projects, and post-fieldwork data processing. His professional interests include Italian language and linguistics, ancient history, archaeological theory and methods, Mediterranean geoarchaeology and landscape history, history of agriculture and technology, geospatial technologies, history and craft of cinema, photography/videography/cinematography and digital imaging, digital audio engineering, and editing. He has been based in Rome since 2007.
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