Subject ANCW30007 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 8.5 hours per week: Total time commitment 102 hours
Prerequisites: Completion of at least 12.5 points of second year ancient world studies
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: 107-215 Pompeii
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry.
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Prof Frank Sear


Rhiannon Evans


Subject Overview:

The subject examines the interaction of four ancient societies in the Bay of Naples: the Greeks in Ischia, Naples and Cumae, the Etruscans and Samnites in Pompeii, and the Roman colonisation of Pompeii. It introduces students to Roman everyday life by means of a detailed examination of the superbly preserved remains of the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The subject explores the lives and loves of the people who lived there and looks at their houses and gardens, their food, the theatre, the gladiatorial games, sport and leisure, industry and commerce, political life and religion. On completion of this subject students should have developed an understanding of Roman society and be able to critically differentiate the influences which shaped that society.


Students who successfully complete this subject should...

  • have an understanding of the history of the Bay of Naples and the interaction of the societies and peoples who shaped that history.
  • be able to appreciate the artistic, architectural and social achievements of those societies and be able to relate them to the wider achievements of the Roman Empire.
  • be able to demonstrate critical thinking and analysis and improved research skills in their study of the ancient world.

Written work totalling 4000 words comprising a tutorial paper of 1000 words 25% (due during the semester), and a 2000 word take-home examination 50% (due during the examination period) and a slide test equivalent to 1000 words 25% (during the semester). Hurdle requirement: students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available.

  • Pompeii. Public and Private Life (P Zanker), Harvard 1998
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:
  • be skilled in critical thinking and analysis.

  • possess effective written communication skills.

  • have an understanding of social, ethical and cultural context.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Ancient World Studies
Ancient and Medieval Studies
Ancient and Medieval Studies
Ancient, Medieval && Early Modern Studies Major
Classical Studies && Archaeology Major
Classical Studies and Archaeology

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