The Aqueducts of Ancient Rome

HNR 350 - The Aqueducts of Ancient Rome

MySlice Info:

Term: Spring 2017
Class #: 40320
Section: M002
Credits: 3

Prof. Chris Johnson

Counts toward:
HNR Nat Sci, Interdisciplinary, Course Global

Course Time(s):
T TH 11:00 am - 12:20 pm


Course Description:

In HNR 350: Aqueducts of Ancient Rome, Professor and Interim Director Chris Johnson will use the aqueducts and water supply as a focal point to learn about life in the Roman Empire. Students will learn about the role of public works in sustaining quality of life, how major infrastructure projects like the aqueducts were financed and constructed in ancient times, and how they contributed to the economic and military power of Rome. We will also discuss some of the technical concepts underlying water supply, and how the Romans, without advanced mathematics, were able to engineer systems that are strikingly similar to modern aqueducts. There are no prerequisites for this class. Midway through the course, during spring break, the class will visit sites in and around Rome, Pompeii, and Nîmes (France), including the stunning Pont du Gard. Free time is included for students to explore Rome and Nîmes. This class, limited to 15 students, is open to all Honors students and interested non-Honors students will be accepted on a space-available basis. Students must attend the field trip to earn credit for the course. Tuition for the course will be covered as part of regular spring semester tuition as long as you do not exceed 19 credits. The cost for the spring break component of the course is approximately $3,250, which includes round trip transportation from Syracuse to Europe, housing, entrance fees, and some group dinners. It also includes all activities and services for which a separate fee is not charged. The final fee will be set once airfare and other expenses have been confirmed. The application deadline for this class is October 15, 2016. Apply here: