Archaeology and History of Greek and Roman Art (i+p) - I MODULO PARTE (I) (2018/2019)

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Name of lecturer
Patrizia Basso
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Sem. 1B dal Nov 19, 2018 al Jan 12, 2019.

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide basic methodological tools and knowledge for the study of the material expression of Greek and Roman civilisation from the 9th century BC to the 4th century AD. In particular, the course will concentrate on the architecture of the Greek and Roman world, considering the technical aspects of construction and methods of decoration, understanding the historical, socio-economic and cultural dynamics that underpin their evolution.
The expected learning outcomes are:
1. Knowledge of basic archaeological and technical terms.
2. Knowledge of the various periods of Greek and Roman history.
3. Knowledge of the diachronic development of techniques and styles


1. The architecture of the Greek and Roman world: the principal types of monuments understood in relation to the society and culture of their time by means of literary and epigraphic sources and their material remains:
a. Greek and Roman city planning
b. Walls and gates
c. Agorai and forums and the buildings associated with them
d. Cult structures
e. Building for entertainments
f. Baths and hydraulic installations
g. Private space: palaces, houses, villae, tombs
2. Materials and construction techniques.
3. Decorative techniques (architectural elements, flooring, wall paintings).
There are no prerequisites but it is preferable to have a basic knowledge of Greek and Roman history. Classroom sessions will involve Powerpoint lectures and the slides will be made available to the students via the e-learning platform. An integral part of the course will be a guided visit to the principal public and private buildings of Roman Verona.
Students who complete the course will be offered the opportunity to participate in summer fieldwork under the direction of Patrizia Basso.

Course texts
Lecture notes and illustrative material will be provided on the e-learning platform (PowerPoint of the lectures).
Each student must then choose a class of monuments to study in-depth, considering its diachronic evolution across Greek and Roman times, details of technique, decorative approaches, location within the urban context and relationships with the historical, socio-economic and cultural realities in which it existed. Information should be drawn from the following volumes:
For Greek architecture:
R. Martin, Architettura greca, Milano 1980 or E. Lippolis, M. Livadotti, G. Rocco, Architettura greca. Storia e monumenti del mondo della polis dalle origini al V secolo, Milano 2007.
For Roman architecture:
P. Gros, L’architettura romana, I monumenti pubblici, I, Milano 2001.
J.-P. Adam, L’arte di costruire presso i Romani. Materiali e tecniche, Milano 1988 or C. Malacrino, Ingegneria dei Greci e dei Romani, Verona 2013.

Attendance at lectures is strongly encouraged. The students with good reasons for not doing so, have to study, in addition to the PowerPoints of the lectures:
- The chapters 1, 2, 4-11 and 14 of the book by P. Gros cited above;
- M. Bolla, Verona romana, Cierre Edizioni 2015;
- the following sections of the book Dizionario di archeologia (a cura di R. Francovich e D. Manacorda), Editori Laterza, Roma-Bari 2006:
Architettura, archeologia della (Archaeology of architecture) pp. 39-43
Contesto (Context) pp. 90-92
Storia, archeologia e (Archaeology and history) pp. 286-305
Storia dell'arte, archeologia e (Archaeology and the history of art) pp. 311-319.
Urbana, archeologia (Urban archaeology) pp. 350-355

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
R. Martin Architettura greca 1980
E. Lippolis, M. Livadotti, G. Rocco Architettura greca. Storia e monumenti del mondo della polis dalle origini al V secolo Mondadori Bruno 2007
R. Francovich e D. Manacorda Dizionario di archeologia Laterza 2006
C. Malacrino Ingegneria dei Greci e dei Romani Arsenale editrice 2013
P. Gros L'architettura romana. Dal inizi del III secolo a.C. alla fine dell'alto Impero.I monumenti pubblici I Longanesi 2001
J.-P. Adam L'arte di costruire presso i Romani. Materiali e tecniche Longanesi 1988
M. Bolla Verona romana Cierre Edizioni 2015

Assessment methods and criteria

The objective of the exam is to verify the achievement of the previously specified expected learning outcomes.
The exam includes a written test: 10 questions that will focus on recognizing some monumental complexes on the basis of the images in the slides provided online; describing their architectural aspects and dating.
The evaluation will take account of the student’s ability to securely and competently recognize the contexts and monuments presented in the lectures, describing them and putting them into their chronological context.