Roman Mosaics in Portugal


a) To perceive the role of the Roman mosaic as a cultural and artistic expression
b) To learn about the written sources on the ars musiua;
c) To understand the Roman mosaic and its chronological, economical, social and cultural contexts
d) To connect architecture and mosaics´ techniques
e) To recognize the features of the italic mosaic and those of the different provinces of the Roman empire;
f) To be informed about the most significant examples of the Roman mosaics of Portugal either in situ or in museums;
g) To perceive different influencies in the making of mosaics in Portugal, provincial workshops and particular set of mosaics
h) To scan the language of mosaic
i) To describe the mosaic
j) To appreciate the Roman mosaic in Portugal and its network of connections with general Antiquity Art;
l) To get acquainted with the restoring and preservation methods of mosaics in Portugal.

General characterization





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Lancha, Janine, P., André, Corpus do Mosaico Romano em Portugal, volume II, Conuentus Pacensis, A Villa de Torre de Palma, Instituto Português de Museus, Lisboa, 2000.
Lancha, Janine; Cristina Oliveira, Corpus dos Mosaicos Romanos de Portugal, Algarve Este, Volumes I e II, Universidade do Algarve, Faro, 2013.
Oleiro, J. M. Bairrão, Corpus do Mosaico Romano em Portugal, volume I, Conuentus Scallabitanus, Conimbriga, Casa dos Repuxos, Instituto Português de Museus, Museu Monográfico de Conimbriga, Lisboa, 1992;
Alguma bibliografia apoio
AA.VV. O Mosaico romano nos centros e nas periferias. Originalidades, influências e identidades. X AIEMA –Conímbriga (2005), Conímbriga, 2012;
AA.VV., O Mosaico na Antiguidade Tardia, Revista de História da Arte, nº 6, Instituto de História da Arte, FCSH –UNL, Lisboa, 2008 (comunicações do I Encontro organizado pela APECMA);
Abraços, Maria de Fátima, Viegas, Catarina, Macedo, Marta, Dicionário de Motivos Geométricos no Mosaico Romano,Conímbriga,1993.

Teaching method

Classes will develop the issues listed in the Syllabus. The use of images will be the point of convergence of the theoretical lecture.
Students´ supervision in the selection of bibliography and development of academic assignments. Organization of at least a school trips; supervision of the students´ specific work of research.

Evaluation method

Written test (40%)
Research work (40%)
Escrito (15%)+ Oral (15%)
10% (2 reports (2,5%+2,5%) + Entrevista com professora (5%);
Practical assignments in class: 20%

Subject matter

1.Roman mosaic in general
The origin of the Roman mosaic and its evolution
Antiquity written sources on the art of mosaic making
DECOR, the Roman mosaic as a decorative technique directly connected to architecture
Mosaic from the Italic peninsula and from the Roman provinces
2.Roman mosaic in Portugal: From Classical to Late Antiquity
An approach to the study of mosaic:
the language of the mosaic;
thematic compositions
the transaction of mosaics´ motives
3. Mosaics´ techniques, colours and materials;
the mosaicists;
4. A comprehensive overview
A mosaics´ topography in current Portuguese territory;
The evolution of Roman mosaic from Classical to Late Antiquity in current Portuguese territory
Original features of some mosaic collections in Portugal
5. The research on Roman mosaics in Portugal
6. Restoration and preservation of mosaics in current Portuguese territory


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