Archaeology and History of Greek and Roman Art (i+p) - I MODULO PARTE (I) (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturer
Patrizia Basso
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Other available courses
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CuCi IA dal Sep 21, 2020 al Oct 31, 2020.

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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. Correct use of basic archaeological terminology with particular reference to that relating to technical and decorative aspects of ancient architecture.
2. Application of an interdisciplinary methodological approach to the reading and historical-artistic interpretation of the past.
3. Contextualisation of the artistic manifestations of Greco-Roman civilisation in their historical and socio-economic framework.
4. Communication of aspects of Greek and Roman archaeological heritage using appropriate terminology.


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.

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
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

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 recognising some monumental complexes on the basis of the images in the slides provided online; describing their architectural aspects and dating.
Evaluation will take account of the student’s ability to securely and competently recognise the contexts and monuments presented in the lectures, describing them and putting them into their chronological context.