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CLST 305
Archaeology of the Etruscans and Early Romans(Fall)


Instructor: Dr. Barbara Reeves
Office: Room 512, Watson Hall

Teaching Assistant:

Nicholas Borek -

Class Schedule

  • Tuesdays 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM
  • Fridays 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM

Location: 414 Stirling Hall (STI-414)

Course Description

This survey of the material remains of early Italy will focus on the Etruscan and Roman (Regal and Republican) cultures. Each culture’s art, architecture, urban patterns, and burial practices will be investigated in terms of the changing political and social conditions affecting those societies. 

Required Texts

  • Boëthius, Axel. Etruscan and Early Roman Architecture, 2nd ed. Yale University Press, 1978.
  • Spivey, Nigel. Etruscan Art. New York, NY: Thames and Hudson, 1997.

Texts for required readings (on reserve in Stauffer Library)  

  • Coulston & Dodge, Ancient Rome: The Archaeology of the Eternal City. Oxford: Oxford University School of Archaeology, 2000.
  • Ramage, Nancy H., & Ramage, Andrew. Roman Art. 4th ed. Prentice Hall 2005. (Or use Ramage, Nancy H., & Ramage, Andrew. Roman Art. 5th ed. Prentice Hall 2009 if you own it)
  • Stambaugh, John E. The Ancient Roman City. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press,1988.


  • one in-class examination (consisting of terms/names, image identifications, and image comparisons; 35% of term grade)
  • Final Exam (consisting of terms/names, image identifications, and image comparisons; 40% of term grade)
  • Discussion paper (4-6 pages; based on comprehension of assigned readings and lectures; 20% of term grade)
  • Class attendance and participation (5%)

N.b. As this is not a course which closely follows a textbook, regular attendance is very important for understanding and performance.

Grading Methodology

All components of this course will receive numerical percentage marks.  The final grade you receive for the course will be derived by converting your numerical course average to a letter grade according to Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale:

Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale


Numerical Course Average (Range)


























49 and below


Examination Policy

Examinations should be taken at the scheduled time and date. In certain exceptional circumstances (e.g. a medical emergency, a death in the family), the instructor might grant the student the opportunity to write an exam outside of the regularly scheduled time. All such arrangements must be agreed upon by the instructor before the time of the regularly scheduled exam and will require the appropriate documentation. The format of any such special exams will be determined by the instructor and may differ considerably from that of the exam written by the rest of the class. (Note in particular that no deferrals will be given to students who are out of town during the December final exam so do not book your tickets until you know your exam times.)

Deadline Policy for Papers

The paper is due in class on the date specified. Any paper submitted later in that day will be considered to have been submitted on the following day. Late papers will be docked one letter grade per day for every individual day late (including Saturdays, Sundays and holidays). To avoid late penalties, students are encouraged to organize their time efficiently.

Important Dates:

  • Tues, Oct. 15:  in-class examination
  • Tues, Nov. 19: Discussion paper due
  • Final exam time will be set by the Exams Office

Lecture Topics and Readings:

Topic 1: Introduction; the Geography and Peoples of Early Italy

  • Spivey 7-8

Topic 2: Bronze & Iron Age Etruria

  • Boëthius 9-11 & 19-31
  • Spivey 25-36 & 200-202

Topic 3: Etruscan urbanism and culture

  • Boëthius 32-102

Topic 4: The Etruscan Orientalizing period

  • Spivey 37-39; & 40-79

Topic 5: The Etruscan Archaic period

  • Spivey 80-148

Topic 6: The Etruscan Classical period

Topic 7: The Roman Conquest of Etruria / The Hellensitic Period

  • Ramage & Ramage, "Chapter 1: The Etruscan Forerunners"

Topic 8: Introduction to Roman Art

  • Ramage & Ramage, "Introduction"

Topic 9: Earliest Rome

  • Boëthius 103-113
  • Smith, "Early and Archaic Rome," pp. 16-41 in Coulston & Dodge, Ancient Rome: The Archaeology of the Eternal City

Topic 10: Etruscan Rome

  • Spivey 149-153

Topic 11: The Early Republican city of Rome

  • Stambaugh, The Ancient Roman Citypp. 101-114 ("City Government")

Topic 12: Roman expansion in Italy and the architectural patterns of colonization

  • Boëthius 114-135; 136-137; 145-165; 178-182
  • Ramage & Ramage 66-73
  • Stambaugh, The Ancient Roman Citypp. 243-74 ("The Theory and Practice of Building Towns") + 255-59 ("Cosa") and 268-74 ("Ostia")

Topic 13: Italian identity before and after the Social Wars

  • Stambaugh, The Ancient Roman Citypp. 260-67 ("Pompeii")

Topic 14: "Where’s all the stuff?": Republican tombs and material goods

  • Boëthius 209-214

Topic 15: Republican homes and their decorations

  • Boëthius 183-195
  • Ramage & Ramage, 4th ed, 61-63 & 82-99 or Ramage & Ramage, 5th ed, 69-72 & 94-109

Topic 16: Roman Republican sculpture

  • Ramage & Ramage, 4th ed,73-82 or Ramage & Ramage, 5th ed, 83-94

Topic 17: The unique character of Republican Rome

  • Boëthius 195-209
  • Cornell, "The City of Rome in the Middle Republic (c. 400-100 BC)," pp. 42-60 in Coulston & Dodge, Ancient Rome: The Archaeology of the Eternal City

Topic 18: The coming of the Imperial Period: the building programs of the Late Republican dynasts

  • Boëthius 214-215

Topic 19 : Concluding comments



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