This course will explore cultural and historical landscapes centered on Rome, examining the diversity of human – environmental relationships through time based on historical, archaeological, literary and ecological evidence. Ancient youth learned about Mediterranean peoples and environments from the epic voyages of Odysseus and Aeneas, and from the arduous missions of Heracles. Our central themes are cultural and historical landscapes, which are defined by human relationship with the environment. Our perspectives on the nature and diversity of these relationships through time are drawn from historical, archaeological, ecological and literary evidence. In Rome, we explore a long history of sustainable urban development and state ideology. On day trips to Ostia and Tivoli, we engage with the issues of settlement patterns, harbors, water and land management, technology and ancient slavery. In Pompeii, a once living city, in a volcanic landscape, we will study how individuals and states respond to natural disasters.
At St. Thomas, this course fulfills: IDSC 299; HIST major/minor requirement, Latin, Classical Languages, or Classical Civilization major/minor requirement, SUST minor requirement, GEOG major/minor requirement, ENVR major requirement, WAC – Writing to Learn. Note: this course does not fulfill the History core requirement.
About the Professors
Dr. Vanca Schrunk is a History faculty member at the University of St. Thomas specializing in ancient history, archaeology, art and classical languages of the Mediterranean world. She has done research and field work in Europe, the Near East and North Africa. She conducts an archaeological and environmental project on an island in Croatia, with students and volunteers.
Mr. Tom Schrunk holds an M.A. in Art History and has extensive research, study and work in India, Croatia, Italy, North Africa, Syria and Lebanon. He has been excavating with Dr. Schrunk in Croatia for the over eleven summers and has been assistant director for many UMAIE courses in Italy.
Amanda Claridge, Rome: An Oxford Archaeological Guide
, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press 2010.
Robert Kebric, Roman People
, 4th edition, Mayfield 2005. (historical narrative, ancient texts in translation)
The Odyssey by Homer and the Aeneid by Virgil, selected books in English translation, online at https://classics.mit.edu/Homer/odyssey.html; https://classics.mit.edu/Vergil/aeneid.html
Additional Readings from the Course Packet
20% - Group Participation and Attendance
30% - Academic Journal
20% - Four short reflection essays
30% - Research Paper
Location and Tentative Dates
Rome, Italy. Day trips to Tarquina, Ostia Antica, Tivoli, and Pompeii.
January 5-26 (dates subject to change)
Once students have completed a UMAIE application and been notified of their acceptance, the following Withdrawal and Refund policy applies: