Search results - Art, Culture and Society in Roman Britain
|Dates||Thu 17 Jan to Thu 21 Mar 2013|
Time of meeting: 7.00-9.00pm
Number of meetings: 10
|Application status||Course ended|
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OverviewAlthough most brilliantly displayed in richer villas, aspects of classical art and culture permeated to many different communities in Roman Britain. In fusing with indigenous celtic styles, these produced a distinctive and original artistic tradition.
DescriptionNearly four centuries of inclusion within the Roman Empire had a profound effect on the art and culture of indigenous British societies. Within newly established towns and military centres, aspects of classical culture were rapidly assimilated by some elements of the British population, while in the countryside and highland areas much of the old 'celtic' way of life persisted. This course will examine the evidence for cultural differences and disparities in Roman Britain, and in the way in which cultural values were used to define identities in a mixed society. While formal expressions of 'classical' culture may be seen most clearly in the second-century towns and great fourth-century country villas, much of the art of Roman Britain displays a vigorous blending of classical and celtic traditions. This fusion resulted in a vibrant, distinctive and original culture, which was abundantly expressed through mediums such as sculpture, mosaics, wall paintings, pottery and metalwork.
Programme detailsWeek 1:The Celtic background
Late iron Age culture and classical influences.
Week 2: Client Kings and Chieftains
Acquiring culture in the post-Conquest world
Week 3: The Imperial Burden
Armies, administrators and the projection of Roman Culture
Week 4: A Captive Market
Britons and Roman Material Culture
Week 5: Town and Country
Exploring the 'Culture Gap'
Week 6: Romano-British Religion
Interpretation and Iconography
Week 7: New Minds in New Bodies
Negotiating Identity in Roman Britain
Week 8: Good Art, Bad Art
The emergence of Romano-British Style
Week 9: Visit to Corinium Museum, Cirencester, and Chedworth Roman Villa (to take place on a Saturday)
Week 10: The "Golden Age"
Villa owners and the end of Roman Britain
Cunliffe, B., The Ancient Celts
de la Bedoyere, G., The Golden Age of Roman Britain
James, S. and Rigby, V., Britain and the Celtic Iron Age
Wacher, John, Portrait of Roman Britain
Toynbee, J.M.C., Art in Roman Britain
Rivet, A.L.F., Town and Country in Roman Britain
Henig, M., The Art of Roman Britain
Dr Richard Massey
Richard Massey completed his doctorate at the University of Reading in 2005, and is currently working with English Heritage as an Inspector of...more
Course aimsCourse Aim:
To provide an introduction to the societies and artistic culture of Roman Britain, and to provide students with a grounding in aspects of Roman and Iron Age material culture.
1. To introduce students to some principal excavated Romano-British sites,and and museum collections.
2 To familiarise students with current thinking about culture change and syncretism in Roman Britain.
3. To offer a critical assessment of the evidence for social structure, acculturation and different attitudes to Roman culture in
Assessment methodsCourse work will include either 3 short exercises directed by the tutor, or the option of a 1000-word assignment on a closely related topic of their choosing, subject to the tutor's advice and recommendations. Short passages of reading will be recommended for private study between classes.
Teaching methods1. PowerPoint presentations and discussion of primary sources, drawing on recorded excavations, the Portable Antiquities Scheme, Antiquarian studies and museum collections.
2. Museum Visit to study specific aspects of Romano-British art and culture.
3. Workbook distributed at the first session, containg a choice of short written assignments for assessment.
4. Reading lists for selective private study between classes.
Teaching outcomesBy the end of the course, students will be expected to:
1. Have basic knowledge of the various artistic media in which Roman culture was expressed, and of the forms in which these survive archaeologically.
2. Have knowledge of a number of principal excavated sites and museum collections in Britain, and of aspects of late Iron Age and Romano-British material culture.
3. Have some appreciation of current understandings of culture change in Roman Britain, and of the ways in which change affected different communities.
- Programme Fee
- EU Fee: £165.00
- Non-EU Fee: £165.00