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From Rome to Pompeii and Ephesus the excavation of Roman remains is well known, but what of Roman remains in Africa? This free course, Exploring a Romano-African city: Thugga, looks at the Roman city of Thugga and examines the influence that Roman architecture and art had on Africa and its people.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- practise identification of ‘indigenous’ identity and culture
- practise identification of ‘Roman’ identity and culture
- study the development of Romano-African culture.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Thugga
- 2 Investigating Roman and indigenous cultural elements in the archaeology of Africa
- 2.1 Looking in detail at Thugga
- 2.2 Modelling cultural interaction
- 2.2.1 Model 1: African + Roman = Roman dominance and end of African traits (assimilation)
- 2.2.2 Model 2: African + Roman= African traits continue to dominate and Roman traits fail to become established (rejection)
- 2.2.3 Model 3: African + Roman = African persistence and no evidence of Roman traits dominating (separation)
- 2.2.4 Model 4: African + Roman = Afro-Roman cultural mixing (fusion)
- 2.3 The building of Thugga
- 2.4 African Red Slip ware
- 2.5 African mosaics: things Roman and things African?
- 2.6 Houses at Carthage, Bulla Regia and Thugga
- 2.7 Reconsideration of the models and their suitability
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Exploring a Romano-African city: Thugga
This course focuses on a detailed investigation into the archaelogy and history of a Roman North African city. You will watch the video sequence ‘Exploring Thugga’ and undertake activities identifying Roman and indigenous elements in the city. You then investigate Roman and indigenous cultural elements in the archaeology of Africa; here you will watch two brief video sequences on mosaics, continue your study of the ‘Exploring Thugga’ video, and view ‘Culture and identity in the houses of the Roman élite’.
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This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Social & Economic History courses or view the range of currently available OU Social & Economic History courses.
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Originally published: Friday, 5th February 2016
Last updated on: Friday, 5th February 2016
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