Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FM0025 (AF:353718 AR:190422)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
4th Term
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Contribution of the course to the overall degree programme goals
The course is part of the master's degree in "Ancient Civilizations" and "History of Arts and Conservation of Heritage".
In the Master's Degree in "Science of Antiquity", the 12 credits module of "Classical Archeology" can be set up together with "Greek Archeology.
It aims to ensure:
- advanced content, methodological and epistemological skills in the field of Roman archeology;
- in-depth knowledge of Roman antiquity in its material expressions, obtained through the direct knowledge of the monuments and of all the documentary evidences that contribute to the reconstruction of the Roman world;
- advanced methodological skills in describing, reading and interpreting monuments;
- interest in the history of studies with particular reference to historiographical aspects;
- knowledge of the main tools for researching and updating the discipline;
- ability to develop an original scientific presentation
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student knows:
- understand and interpret the main material testimonies of the Roman world;
- proposing an analytical commentary on the material testimonies of the Roman world, framing them in a historical, chronological and historiographical way, proposing suitable comparisons and documentaries, explaining their relevance as historical testimony with particular attention to political and social aspects;
- use the tools necessary to update the research; access the main bibliographic databases;
- communicate in oral form using the specific terminology of the discipline;
- propose an original scientific presentation.
It is recommended but not required that the student should have sustained the examination of Archaeology and history of Greek and Roman art (undergraduate program).
The course deals with the Roman sculptures of the Venetian collections dating from Renaissance to the nineteenth century, focusing on archaeological aspects: portraits, statues, reliefs, decorative sculptures, altars and urns, sarcophagi coming from the Roman centers of the mainland, from Rome and Greece, will be examined and contextualized. .
Referral texts
Class notes. Reference text:Lo statuario pubblico della Serenissima. Due secoli di collezionismo di antichità, 1596-1797, a cura di I. Favaretto, G.L. Ravagnan, Padova 1997. Further bibliographical information will be provided during the lessons.


T. HÖLSCHER, Il linguaggio dell’arte romana, Torino, Einaudi, 1993.
P. ZANKER, Un’arte per l’Impero: funzione e intenzione delle immagini nel mondo romano, Electa, Milano 2002: cap. I (pp. 9-37), cap. V (pp. 92-111), cap. XI (pp. 212-231).

The students who cannot attend are asked to agree on a written text with the teacher.
Assessment methods
The course will be held in the form of a seminar, with topics assigned to each participant in order to develop a written text. The exam is based on lecture notes, on the topics developed during the course and on some further recommended readings. The students who cannot attend the seminar are asked to agree on a program with the teacher, comprehensive of the written text.
Teaching methods
The course provides traditional lectures
Teaching language
Further information
The course have the form of a seminar, and a topic will be assigned to each student.
Type of exam
written and oral
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