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Roman Architecture

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HSAR 252
Dr. Diana E. E. Kleiner
Yale University

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.

Course Sessions
Session Title Media Type Status
01 - Introduction to Roman Architecture Audio
02 - It Takes a City: The Founding of Rome and the Beginnings of Urbanism in Italy Audio
03 - Technology and Revolution in Roman Architecture Audio
04 - Civic Life Interrupted: Nightmare and Destiny on August 24, A.D. 79 Audio
05 - Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous: Houses and Villas at Pompeii Audio
06 - Habitats at Herculaneum and Early Roman Interior Decoration Audio
07 - Gilding the Lily: Painting Palaces and Villas in the First Century A.D. Audio
08 - Exploring Special Subjects on Pompeiian Walls Audio
09 - From Brick to Marble: Augustus Assembles Rome Audio
10 - Accessing Afterlife: Tombs of Roman Aristocrats, Freedmen, and Slaves Audio
11 - Notorious Nero and His Amazing Architectural Legacy Audio
12 - The Creation of an Icon: The Colosseum and Contemporary Architecture in Rome Audio
13 - The Prince and the Palace: Human Made Divine on the Palatine Hill Audio
14 - The Mother of All Forums: Civic Architecture in Rome under Trajan Audio
15 - Rome and a Villa: Hadrian's Pantheon and Tivoli Retreat Audio
16 - The Roman Way of Life and Death at Ostia, the Port of Rome Audio
17 - Bigger is Better: The Baths of Caracalla and Other Second- and Third-Century Buildings in Rome Audio
18 - Hometown Boy: Honoring an Emperor's Roots in Roman North Africa Audio
19 - Baroque Extravaganzas: Rock Tombs, Fountains, and Sanctuaries in Jordan, Lebanon, and Libya Audio
20 - Roman Wine in Greek Bottles: The Rebirth of Athens Audio
21 - Making Mini Romes on the Western Frontier Audio
22 - Rome Redux: The Tetrarchic Renaissance Audio
23 - Rome of Constantine and a New Rome Audio
24 - Paper Topics: Discovering the Roman Provinces and Designing a Roman City Audio