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Ancient Rome: the city, society and infrastructure

This course describes ancient Rome as the Romans saw it - not as stone ruins, but as a vibrant, living city. We see how the people of the largest metropolis on the planet in AD 200 were fed, governed and entertained; who the ancient Romans
Cory Saarinen, eLearning Team,Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall, Madingley Cambridge CB23 8AQ,onlinecourses@ice.cam.ac.uk
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Course at a Glance

Mode of learning : Online - Instructor Lead(LVC)

Domain / Subject : Humanities

Function : General

Trainer name : Dr Maty Matyszak

Starts on : 15th Jul 2014

Duration : 7 Weeks

Difficulty : Advanced

Ancient Rome: the city, society and infrastructure
This course describes ancient Rome as the Romans saw it - not as stone ruins, but as a vibrant, living city. We see how the people of the largest metropolis on the planet in AD 200 were fed, governed and entertained; who the ancient Romans were and how they lived. 

Aims of the course:

  • To introduce ancient Rome as a living city rather than interesting ruins. To show how a large city functioned with low technology and a very different social system
  • To get participants to think about urbanism as a phenomenon and how the different elements of a city must be integrated into a single organic whole. To consider which aspects of an ancient city were planned and which grew organically, and to implicitly compare this with the modern approach.

Course content overview:
The course will ask participants to define a city, and identify its key components. They will look at aspects of Roman urbanism such as housing, roads and water supply, and who lived in the ancient city and why. It will also examine how such people organized their society, and how they worked, ate and played.
Finally participants will be challenged to design an ancient city for themselves - as indeed Roman city planners often did from scratch at a new site.
Schedule (this course is completed entirely online):

  • Orientation Week: 15-21 September 2014
  • Teaching Weeks: 22 September-26 October 2014
  • Feedback Week: 27 October-2 November 2014

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