Readings/Due Dates


Please note: Each week will generally, but not always, be divided into a lecture by the professor (Tuesday) and a class discussion (Thursday) on the same or a related topic. You may wish to read the assigned reading(s) before Tuesday’s class; however, it is required that you read them before Thursday’s class. Assignments are due on Thursday unless otherwise noted.

Week 1:


January 17-19

Introduction to the Course; The Founding of Rome


-       Kleiner, p. 1-15

-       Excerpts from books 3 and 4 (3.67-70 and 4.59-61) of Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Roman Antiquities, on the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus


Week 2:


January 24-26

The Roman Republic: Architecture


-       Kleiner, pp. 17-29, 31-39

-       D. Favro, “The Street Triumphant,” in Streets: Critical Perspectives, ed. Z. Celik, R. Ingersoll (Berkeley, 1994), 151-164

January 26

DUE: Reading Response #1

Week 3:


January 31-February 2

The Roman Republic: Portraiture and Sculpture


-       Kleiner, pp. 47-59

-       P. Stewart, Statues in Roman Society: Representation and Response (Oxford, 2003), 46-59 (excerpt from ch. 2, “The Appearance of Statues”). (READING RESPONSE)

-       Excerpt from Polybius, Histories, Book 6

February 2

DUE: Reading Response #2

Week 4:


February 7-9

The End of the Republic and the Founding of the Roman Empire


-       Gowing, A. Empire and Memory: The Representation of the Roman Republic in Imperial Culture (Cambridge 2005), PP. 1-15 (NOTE THE PDF IS A BIT LONGER)

Feburary 9

DUE: Quiz #1

Week 5:


February 14-16


The Age of Augustus


-       P. Zanker, The Power of Images in the Age of Augustus (Ann Arbor, 1988), 118-125 (excerpt from ch. 4: “The Augustan Program of Cultural Renewal”). (READING RESPONSE)

-       T. Hölscher, The Language of Images in Roman Art (Cambridge, 2004), 47-57 (ch. 6: “State Ceremonial: The Tradition of Classical Dignity”).

-       Selections from Augustus, Res Gestae (as you read highlight passages that seem interesting/striking/important to you, keeping in mind that this is the text of an inscription written by Augustus about his life that was mounted on his mausoleum after he died).

- Kleiner, pp. 61-73

February 16

DUE: Reading Response #3

Week 6:


February 21-23

Early Imperial Domestic and Funerary Arts


-       J. Clarke, Art in the Lives of Ordinary Romans: Visual Representation and Non-Elite Viewers in Italy, 100 BC-AD 315 (Berkeley 2003), excerpt TBA

- Kleiner 73-87

- J. Clarke, "Just Like Us"



DUE: Descriptive Writing Assignment

VISIT TO THE ST. LOUIS MUSEUM OF ART, meet at the regular time to walk over to the museum together (NOTE: If you would like to drive meet us at the entrance to SLAM at 2:55)

Week 7:


February 28-March 2

Early Imperial Funerary Arts (Continued)

The Julio-Claudian Dynasty


-       J. Elsner, “Constructing Decadence: The Representation of Nero as Imperial Builder,” in Reflections of Nero: Culture, History, and Representation, ed. J. Elsner and J. Masters (Chapel Hill, 1994), 112-127.

-       Excerpts from Suetonius, Life of Nero (26-31).

- Kleiner, pp. 103-119

March 2

DUE: Reading Response #4 (considering the Elsner article and the Suetonius excerpt)

Week 8:


March 7

The Flavians


-       N. J. Norman, “Imperial Triumph and Apotheosis: The Arch of Titus in Rome,” in Koine: Mediterranean Studies in Honor of R. Ross Holloway, ed. D. B. Counts and A. S. Tuck (Oxford, 2009), 41-53.

-       Excerpts from Martial, Liber spectaculorum, on the Colosseum

Josephus, excerpt on The Siege of Jerusalem in AD 70


March 7

DUE: Paper Topic

March 9

Midterm – Take-home


Week 9:


March 13-17


Week 10:


March 21-23

The Flavians; Trajan



-       S. Dillon, “Women on the Columns of Trajan and Marcus Aurelius and the Visual Language of Roman Victory,” in in Representations of War in Ancient Rome, ed. S. Dillon and K. E. Welch (Cambridge, 2006), 244-263 (READING RESPONSE)

-       Byrne, B. “Towards a Gendered Understanding of Conflict

-       Kleiner, pp. 121-137

March 23

DUE: Reading Response #5

Week 11:


March 28-30

Art and Architecture under Trajan and Hadrian


-       S. Currie, “The Empire of Adults: The Representation of Children on Trajan’s Arch at Beneventum,” in Art and Text in Roman Culture, J. Elsner, ed. (Cambridge 1996) 153-181. (READING RESPONSE)

- Kleiner, pp. 153-169 (Trajan)

- Kleiner, pp. 171-185 (Hadrian)

March 30

DUE: Reading Response #6

Week 12:


April 4-6

Art and Architecture under Hadrian and the Antonines

- Kleiner, pp. 187-201

April 6


Week 13:


April 11-13

Severan Art and Architecture; High Imperial Funerary Art



DUE: Quiz #2


- Kleiner, pp. 217-229

- Kleiner, pp. 231-245

- Rowan, C. 2011. "The Public Image of the Severan Women," in Papers of the British School at Rome, pp. 241-273.

April 13

DUE: Preliminary Outline and Bibliography

COIN DAY: meet for regular class AND from 4:00-5:00 we will go next door to look at a selection of Hellenistic and Roman coins from the Wulfing Collection

Week 14:


April 18-20

Art and Architecture in the Roman Provinces


-      Howgego, C. 2005. "Coinage and Identity in the Roman Provinces," in Coinage and Identity in the Roman Provinces, C. Howgego, V. Heuchert, and A. Burnett eds., pp. 1-17  (skim only)

- Kleiner, pp. 247-261

April 20

DUE: Reading Response #7 (NOTE - Reading Response #7 on The Public Image of the Severan Women from Week 13 but due on April 20)

 Week 15:


April 25-27

Art and Architecture under the Tetrarchs and Constantine the Great


-       E. Marlowe, “Liberator urbis suae: Constantine and the Ghost of Maxentius,” in The Emperor and Rome: Space, Representation, Ritual, ed. B. C. Ewald and C. F. Noreña (Cambridge, 2010), 199-219.

-       Excerpt from Ammianus Marcellinus, Roman Antiquities (16.10).

- Kleiner, pp. 280-286, 291-306

Wednesday May 3

DUE: Final Paper

Wednesday May 10