Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


ANCIENT TOPOGRAPHY
TOPOGRAFIA ANTICA

A.Y. Credits
2022/2023 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Oscar Mei By appointment and after the lessons

Assigned to the Degree Course

Humanities. Literature, Arts and Philosophy (L-10)
Curriculum: BENI CULTURALI STORICO-ARTISTICI
Date Time Classroom / Location
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Learning Objectives

The course aims to provide the student with an exhaustive overview of research methodologies on the topography of the classical world. Through the analysis of specific issues, in particular relating to the mid-Adriatic territory and the provinces of North Africa, the student will be able to reach an understanding of the main aspects of the ancient landscape, recognizing its fundamental characteristics and studying the relationship between anthropization and the natural environment. The ancient landscape will also be interpreted with the help of literary sources (for example the texts of the gromatics, Columella, Varrone, Vitruvius) and other available sources (archaeological, epigraphic, cartographic, numismatic). Particular attention will be paid to the birth and development of both Greek and Roman settlements, agricultural divisions, water regimes and road and infrastructural systems.

Program

The course provides a general framework on the topography of the landscape of classical antiquity, both Greek and Roman, which will be followed by in-depth studies on the various areas, in particular relating to the Middle Adriatic and North Africa, analyzing their main characteristics.

Course topics:

  • Introduction to Ancient Topography
  • Topographic research: sources and contributions
  • The archaeological map
  • Elements for the study of the city and the territory
  • Ancient topography in contemporary society
  • Non-invasive investigations: aerial photo interpretation
  • Non-invasive investigations: geophysical prospecting
  • Agricultural divisions of the Greek and Roman age
  • The centuriation
  • The Roman road system: the consular roads
  • The consular road Flaminia
  • Romanization of the Middle Adriatic territory
  • The Marches section of the Via Flaminia: main settlements and infrastructures.
  • The Marches section of the Via Flaminia. The main settlements: Pitinum Mergens, Forum Sempronii, Fanum Fortunae, Pisaurum.
  • The territory surrounding the Marche stretch of the Via Flaminia. The main settlements: Urvinum Mataurense, Pitinum Pisaurense.
  • The Marches section of the Via Flaminia. The main monuments and infrastructures; bridges, viaducts, arches
  • Battlefields Archaeology: 207 B.C., The Battle of Metauro
  • North Africa
  • Cyrene and Cyrenaica: Ancient population, Greek colonization and Romanization of the region
  • Cyrene, organization of a Greek colony: the city, the sanctuaries and the necropolis
  • Cyrene. the town planning 
  • Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

    The student will be evaluated according to the following learning outcomes:

    1. Knowledge of the main problems related to the Topography of Ancient Classical World and understanding of the various phases of the history of the landscape of the Greek and Roman age.

    2. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding in the context of the discipline.

    3. Acquisition of critical skills and independent judgment in relation to the issues addressed during the course; ability to synthesize and scientifically interpret archaeological and topographical data.

    4. Communication skills and use of a language appropriate to the characteristics of the subject.

    5. Learning skills aimed at acquiring the bases for any future knowledge in the historical-artistic and archaeological field. 

    Teaching Material

    The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

    Supporting Activities

    Undergraduates will have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge taking part in excavation and restoration campaigns both in the Archaeological Park of Forum Sempronii.


    Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

    Teaching

    Frontal lessons.

    Attendance

    Attending students are required to attend classes regularly (no less than 2/3 of the total number of hours)

    Course books

    Reference text:

    Quilici L., Quilici Gigli S., Introduzione alla Topografia Antica, Il Mulino 2004.

    M. Luni, La Via Flaminia e la Gola del Furlo, Pesaro 2014.

    In-depth texts:

    Greco E., Torelli M., Storia dell'urbanistica. Il mondo greco, Roma-Bari, 1983.

    Gros P., Torelli M., Storia dell'urbanistica. Il mondo romano, Roma - Bari: Laterza, 1992. 

    Further bibliography will be provided during the lessons.

    The course texts will be available at the archaeological library (Palazzo Albani, Via del Balestriere 2).

    Assessment

    Deepening essay.

    Oral examination.

    The exam will have an evaluation on a scale from 18 to 30 and shall comprise the presentation of the essay assigned to each student and several follow-up questions on the topics of the course. The acquisition by the student of critical abilities and autonomy of judgment with regard to the issues of the course and also the use of an appropriate speech to the characteristics of the subject will be verified. The student will also have to demonstrate his understanding of the main notions of topography of classical world.

    Evaluations of excellence: excellent critical and in-depth skills; ability to orientate himself within the discipline and to establish links between the main issues addressed during the course; use of an appropriate language.

    Good evaluations: good critical and in-depth skills; ability to establish links between the main issues addressed during the course; use of an appropriate language. 

    Sufficient evaluations: achievement of a basic knowledge of the topic of the course and of the main problems inherent to the discipline; use of a language that is not completely appropriate.

    Negative assessments: lack of basic knowledge of the discipline, training gaps; use of an inappropriate language.

    Disabilità e DSA

    Le studentesse e gli studenti che hanno registrato la certificazione di disabilità o la certificazione di DSA presso l'Ufficio Inclusione e diritto allo studio, possono chiedere di utilizzare le mappe concettuali (per parole chiave) durante la prova di esame.

    A tal fine, è necessario inviare le mappe, due settimane prima dell’appello di esame, alla o al docente del corso, che ne verificherà la coerenza con le indicazioni delle linee guida di ateneo e potrà chiederne la modifica.

    Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

    Teaching

    Non-attending students are required to contact the professor to discuss the exam program.

    Course books

    Reference text:

    Quilici L., Quilici Gigli S., Introduzione alla Topografia Antica, Il Mulino 2004.

    M. Luni, La Via Flaminia e la Gola del Furlo, Pesaro 2014.

    In-depth texts:

    Greco E., Torelli M., Storia dell'urbanistica. Il mondo greco, Roma-Bari, 1983.

    Gros P., Torelli M., Storia dell'urbanistica. Il mondo romano, Roma - Bari: Laterza, 1992. 

    Further bibliography will be provided during the lessons.

    The course texts will be available at the archaeological library (Palazzo Albani, Via del Balestriere 2).

    Assessment

    Deepening essay.

    Oral examination.

    The exam will have an evaluation on a scale from 18 to 30 and shall comprise the presentation of the essay assigned to each student and several follow-up questions on the topics of the course. The acquisition by the student of critical abilities and autonomy of judgment with regard to the issues of the course and also the use of an appropriate speech to the characteristics of the subject will be verified. The student will also have to demonstrate his understanding of the main n.

    otions of topography of classical world.

    Evaluations of excellence: excellent critical and in-depth skills; ability to orientate himself within the discipline and to establish links between the main issues addressed during the course; use of an appropriate language.

    Good evaluations: good critical and in-depth skills; ability to establish links between the main issues addressed during the course; use of an appropriate language. 

    Sufficient evaluations: achievement of a basic knowledge of the topic of the course and of the main problems inherent to the discipline; use of a language that is not completely appropriate.

    Negative assessments: lack of basic knowledge of the discipline, training gaps; use of an inappropriate language.

    Disabilità e DSA

    Le studentesse e gli studenti che hanno registrato la certificazione di disabilità o la certificazione di DSA presso l'Ufficio Inclusione e diritto allo studio, possono chiedere di utilizzare le mappe concettuali (per parole chiave) durante la prova di esame.

    A tal fine, è necessario inviare le mappe, due settimane prima dell’appello di esame, alla o al docente del corso, che ne verificherà la coerenza con le indicazioni delle linee guida di ateneo e potrà chiederne la modifica.

    Notes

    Contact:

    Office: Palazzo Albani, via del Balestriere 2 - Urbino.

    Phone: 0722 303766

    email: oscar.mei@uniurb.it

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