The Ancient City

Rome. Peristyle of the House of Vetti, Pompeii, Italy.

Peristyle of the House of Vetti, Pompeii, Italy. (Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [reproduction number, LC-DIG-ppmsc-06585 (digital file from original)])


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21H.405J / 11.012J

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Spring 2005



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This course focuses on the archaeology of the Greek and Roman city. It investigates the relationship between urban architecture and the political, social, and economic role of cities in the Greek and Roman world, by analyzing a range of archaeological and literary evidence relevant to the use of space in Greek and Roman cities (e.g. Athens, Paestum, Rome, Pompeii) and a range of theoretical frameworks for the study of ancient urbanism.

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William Broadhead. 21H.405J The Ancient City. Spring 2005. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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