This course will explore the eighteenth and nineteenth-century roots of the modern study of Classics, seeking to understand the discipline as currently practiced in its historical context. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of Classics, this course will engage with a number of fields, including: the history of archaeology, with a particular focus on the early excavations at Pompeii and Herculaneum and their cultural impact; representations of antiquity and its ruins in art, with a particular focus on what these images reflect of contemporary attitudes towards the classical past and the place of the classical past in the contemporary imagination; habits of collecting and the rise of museums with large classical collections, focussing particularly on London collectors and museums in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century; the role of texts in the classical tradition, from their place in schools and universities, to issues of translation and publication, to popular media, such as Bulwer-Lytton”s novel The Last Days of Pompeii and stage adaptations of classical sources.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing