The Graeco-Roman City in Antiquity

Subject 671-387 (2008)

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Credit Points: 25.000
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Summer Term, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 22-day intensive field work program in Greece, Italy and Turkey* in November/December (no earlier than the end of the examination period). Sixteen 1.5-hour lecture/seminars and at least 25 site visits totalling over 60 hours. A travel and accommodation package will be available. * Subject to approval by Department of Foreign Affairs Unknown Entity [amp] Trade, and the University of Melbourne
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Usually 12.5 points of first-year history.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Nick Vlahogiannis
Subject Overview:

This intensive subject examines ancient Greek and Roman societies and cities in Greece, Turkey* and Italy. We will be based in: Athens, with day trips to Delphi and the Sounion peninsular; Hellenistic sites on the west coast of Turkey; and Rome, with day trips to Ostia and Pompeii. Visits to sites and museums will be based around issues that contribute to a concept of the physical, economic, political and cultural evolution of ancient cities, and social life in these cities. Students should develop a familiarity with themes such as the origins of cities; the city as a physical site; the city as seat of rank, authority and power; the economy and the marketplace; religion and myth; the individual in society; citizenship, the family, the individual and the state; work, sport, leisure and entertainment; and gender and sexuality. * Subject to approval by Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, and the University of Melbourne

Assessment: Three 1000-word site reports written while on tour 30%, a reflective essay of 1500 words 20% (due at the end of February) and a research essay of 3500 words 50% (due at the end of March).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Information Not Available

Breadth Options: This subject is a level 2 or level 3 subject and is not available to new generation degree students as a breadth option in 2008.
This subject or an equivalent will be available as breadth in the future.
Breadth subjects are currently being developed and these existing subject details can be used as guide to the type of options that might be available.
2009 subjects to be offered as breadth will be finalised before re-enrolment for 2009 starts in early October.
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • demonstrate critical thinking and analysis through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by determining the strength of an argument

  • develop research skills through competent use of the library and other information sources

  • produce effective written prose for assessment


This subject is taught in November/December. Special entry conditions apply. Itinerary and travel arrangements available from Australians Studying Abroad. Dates are tentative, subject to availability of flights but the earliest date will be after the examination period ends on 23 November 2007. Prospective students must register with ASA prior to approval of enrolment at The subject dates and HECS/course fee census date for this subject change each year. Check your enrolment record for the correct census date for this subject.

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