Rome: Globalisation, Materiality (CLAM108)

15 credits

Through the lens of globalisation, this module provides a framework for the critical analysis of material culture in the Roman world. As well as considering the applicability of globalisation theory to the orbis terrarum, the module explores how new interpretations of material culture may be fostered by addressing concepts such as connectivity, entanglement and objectscapes, and the implications for understanding traditional aspects of Roman history (e.g. Rome’s expansion, economy and impact on conquered societies). Prior knowledge of Roman archaeology would help; the module is recommended for students with an interdisciplinary interest in the historical and anthropological dimensions of globalisation and materiality.