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HSAR 252: Roman Architecture (Spring 2009, Open Yale Courses). Instructor: Professor Diana E. E. Kleiner.

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. (from oyc.yale.edu)

Course Curriculum

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

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