Roman Architecture

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This course is an introduction to the great buildings and engineering marvels of Rome and its empire, with an emphasis on urban planning and individual monuments and their decoration, including mural painting. While architectural developments in Rome, Pompeii, and Central Italy are highlighted, the course also provides a survey of sites and structures in what are now North Italy, Sicily, France, Spain, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, and North Africa. The lectures are illustrated with over 1,500 images, many from Professor Kleiner's personal collection.

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He Founding of Rome and the Beginnings of Urbanism in Italy
Urbanism in Italy
Xploring Special Subjects on Pompeian Walls
Architectural Legacy
Civic Architecture in Rome under Trajan


Lecture 1 Introduction to Roman Architecture

Lecture 2 It Takes a City: The Founding of Rome and the Beginnings of Urbanism in Italy

Lecture 3 Technology and Revolution in Roman Architecture

Lecture 4 Civic Life Interrupted: Nightmare and Destiny on August 24, A.D. 79

Lecture 5 Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous: Houses and Villas at Pompeii

Lecture 6 Habitats at Herculaneum and Early Roman Interior Decoration

Lecture 7 Gilding the Lily: Painting Palaces and Villas in the First Century A.D.

Lecture 8 Exploring Special Subjects on Pompeian Walls

Lecture 9 From Brick to Marble: Augustus Assembles Rome

Lecture 10 Accessing Afterlife: Tombs of Roman Aristocrats, Freedmen, and Slaves

Lecture 11 Notorious Nero and His Amazing Architectural Legacy

Lecture 12 The Creation of an Icon: The Colosseum and Contemporary Architecture in Rome

Lecture 13 The Prince and the Palace: Human Made Divine on the Palatine HillPaper TopicsDiscovering the Roman Provinces and Designing a Roman City

Lecture 14 The Mother of All Forums: Civic Architecture in Rome under Trajan

Lecture 15 Rome and a Villa: Hadrian's Pantheon and Tivoli Retreat

Lecture 16 The Roman Way of Life and Death at Ostia, the Port of Rome

Lecture 17 Bigger Is Better: The Baths of Caracalla and Other Second- and Third-Century Buildings in Rome

Lecture 18 Hometown Boy: Honoring an Emperor's Roots in Roman North Africa

Lecture 19 Baroque Extravaganzas: Rock Tombs, Fountains, and Sanctuaries in Jordan, Lebanon, and Libya

Lecture 20 Roman Wine in Greek Bottles: The Rebirth of Athens

Lecture 21 Making Mini Romes on the Western Frontier

Lecture 22 Rome Redux: The Tetrarchic RenaissanceLecture 23Rome of Constantine and a New Rome