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Course content

The course is aimed at providing the students with an understanding of relevant research topics within the field of classical archaeology, such as urbanism, household, ethnicity, identity, style and iconography. The students will learn to adress these topics from a variety of sources and in a problem-oriented manner.

The students are presented with a broad spectrum of archaeological theory and method that can be used to illuminate life and death in ancient Greece and the Roman empire, mainly between 800 BC and AD 300.

Learning outcome

Upon completion of the course, you will know how to: 

  • understand and apply theory and methods that are relevant to Mediterranean archaeology research
  • present basic similarities and differences between the Greek and Roman society and its material culture
  • explain the development in society, household, religion, entertainment and politics in the relevant terms
  • analyse Mediterranean artefacts through the application of archeological methods
  • demonstrate advanced knowledge of central places, buildings and artefacts presented in lectures and seminars


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

This course has 20 available spots.

Class participation presupposes admission to the course.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Overlapping courses

The course may overlap with discontinued courses and old study units of all types and levels. The student must ensure that the content of the course does not overlap with other study units that they have previously obtained credits for.


Teaching consists of eight two-hour lectures and seven two-hour seminars. The seminars are based on the lectures. It is expected that students read the obligatory literature and participate actively in seminar discussions and other activities.

It is compulsory to attend at least five (5) out of seven (7) seminars.

Resources and information in this course will be given in Canvas and through student emails.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


The exam is a 3-days take-home exam.

  • The students have three days to write an assignment. The length of the assignment should be 8-10 standard pages (one standard page is 2300 characters without spacing), in total approximately 18000 – 23000 characters without spacing. If the assignment fails to meet these requirements, it will impact on grading.
  • Do not write your name in your exam (term paper). Use your candidate number. It is a four digit number which you will find next to your exam registration in StudentWeb. You are given a unique candidate number for each exam. The candidate number must be included in the header on every page.
  • The assignment must have a front page with the following information: candidate number (no name), course code, essay title (the chosen assignment), department and semester.
  • The exam must be handed in through Inspera, as a .pdf-file. The student is responsible for their upload. Unreadable or unfinished papers will be graded thereafter.
  • The students are encouraged to use as much of the syllabus as possible.


Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Information about course specific grades in Archaeology.

The grades can be found on Studentweb. The students will be notified by email when the grades have been announced.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.


Facts about this course






Every autumn


Every autumn

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