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Mary R O'Neil
Seattle Campus


Focuses on Rome as an historical, intellectual, and artistic world center. Literary and historic documents, visual arts, architecture, film, and opera used to explore the changing paradigms of the Eternal City. In English. Offered: jointly with ART H 250/ITAL 250.

Class description

This course explores the history, culture, and myth of Rome from the city's archaic origins to the present day. Special emphasis is given to the analysis of historical documents, literary texts and the visual arts in exploring the evolution of the city and of its significance for the Western imagination. Central issues will include ancient Rome and its legacy, Christian Rome and the medieval papacy, Renaissance and Baroque art, the European Grand Tour, the impact of the French Revolution, and Rome as capital of a united Italiy from the Risorgimento to Mussolini's Fascism. The course is team-taught by professors Mary O'Neil of History and Albert Sbragia of French and Italian and includes preparation for a quarter abroad at the UW Rome Center.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites. Any background in ancient, medieval, or modern European history will be useful, but the course will not assume any background.

Class assignments and grading

Class format: two lectures (1 1/2 hours) and two discussion sections (1 hour) per week. Assignments: two short papers (4-5 pages), a midterm and a final exam.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Moran Tompkins
Date: 11/10/2003