21H.405J | Spring 2005 | Undergraduate

The Ancient City


Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 1 session / week, 3 hours / session

Syllabus Archive

The following syllabi come from a variety of different terms. They illustrate the evolution of this course over time, and are intended to provide alternate views into the instruction of this course.

Fall 2010, William Broadhead (PDF)

Spring 2008, William Broadhead (PDF)

Spring 2006, William Broadhead (PDF)

Spring 2005, William Broadhead (PDF)


This course focuses on the archaeology of the Greek and Roman city. It investigates the relationship between urban architecture and the political, social, and economic role of cities in the Greek and Roman world, by analyzing a range of archaeological and literary evidence relevant to the use of space in Greek and Roman cities (e.g. Athens, Paestum, Rome, Pompeii) and a range of theoretical frameworks for the study of ancient urbanism.


Camp, J. M. The Archaeology of Athens. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2004. ISBN: 9780300101515.

Claridge, A. Rome: An Oxford Archaeological Guide. Oxford, UK; New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1998. ISBN: 9780192880031.

Stambaugh, J. E. The Ancient Roman City. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988. ISBN: 9780801836923.


Class Participation 25%
Group Project: Adopt-a-City Web Site 25%
Paper of 12-15 Pages 50%

Your grade for class participation will be based on the following:

  1. Attendance: Your attendance is required at all of our Tuesday meetings.
  2. Reading: You are required to complete all reading assignments in time for the meeting with which they are associated, as indicated on the schedule. You are also required to bring with you to class a copy of any reading that has been assigned.
  3. Active Participation: You are expected to arrive at our weekly meeting having completed all the reading and prepared to pose questions and actively to contribute to the discussion of the material covered that week.