|Course level||Advanced Bachelor's|
||28 July to 11 August 2018
|Recommended course combination
||Session 1: Decolonizing Europe: History, Memory, Redress (with Brown University)|
Session 2: The Heart of Capitalism: Amsterdam 1600-Present, Laws in Antiquity: Crime and Punishment in the Ancient World
|Co-ordinating lecturer||Dr Ton Derks
|Other lecturers||Dr Joris Aarts, Prof. Nico Roymans, Dr Philip Verhagen|
|Form(s) of tuition||Lectures, excursions, discussions, group work, short videos|
|Form(s) of assessment||Oral presentation, short collaborative group paper|
|Total tuition fee||€1150|
To make sense of the enormous wealth of data available to help us answer the question of the impact of Roman imperialism, we take an anthropological approach. Alternately adopting a global and a local perspective, we look at the whole spectrum of evidence – from battlefields, military forts, cities, farms, temple sites, quarries and mines to papyri, writing tablets, monumental Latin inscriptions, coins, production stamps, votive offerings, agricultural implements, human and animal bones, pollen and ice cores.
But our outlook extends far beyond the historical. This course also invites you to reflect upon “hot” current issues such as globalization and identity, migration, social exclusion, mass violence, colonialism and sustainability by considering similarities and differences between the modern and Roman worlds. We use the example of this empire as a pathway to reflect critically upon contemporary society and the globalizing world in which we now live.
At the end of this course you will have:
Ton Derks wrote his doctoral dissertation (1998) about religious change in Roman Gaul, a topic that continues to have his interest. His recent work in this field has focused on the material dimensions of rituals of the human life course. More broadly, he is also interested in other areas of identity construction, particularly those generated by the Roman army. He has been working on seal-boxes and the latinization of the Lower Rhine frontier area, on constructs of ethnic identity in inscriptions of Batavian and other auxiliary soldiers, and on combs and bodily appearance of Roman army soldiers. His main field of interest are the northwestern provinces of the Roman empire. Since he was trained in classics as well as archaeology, he has always had a strong interest in Latin epigraphy. In most of his work he tries to combine archaeological, historical as well as epigraphic evidence. In the recent past he co-directed with his colleague prof. N. Roymans two NWO-financed research projects on Roman villa landscapes in the North: economy, culture, life-styles (2006-2010) and on the The villa of Hoogeloon and the settlement at Riethoven. Key sites in the Roman rural landscape of the Lower Rhine frontier zone between limes and loess (2010-2014), the main results of which are available in two volumes in the series Amsterdam Archaeological Studies.
"This course exploits the full variety of source material to understand the Roman past and make it relevant for the present and perhaps the future by focusing on issues that feature in the headlines of our newspapers. If you are interested to explore the historical depths of contemporary issues such as globalization and identity, immigration and in- and exclusion, or political leadership and patronage, this course might be something for you!"