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Roman Architecture is a course for people who love to travel and want to discover the power of architecture to shape politics, society, and culture.
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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2 hours to complete

Introduction to Roman Architecture

Roman urbanism and introduction to the wide variety of Roman buildings covered in the course....
Reading
4 videos (Total 43 min), 8 readings
Video4 videos
1.2 The Urban Grid and Public Architecture 14m
1.3 Bathing, Entertainment, and Housing in the Roman City 12m
1.4 Roman Tombs, Aqueducts, and the Lasting Impact of Roman Architecture 5m
Reading8 readings
Welcome to the Course!10m
Syllabus10m
Glossary of Terms10m
Suggested Readings - "The Monument Lists"10m
Grading10m
Pre-Course Survey10m
Welcome to Week 110m
Lecture 1 Image Sources10m
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1 hour to complete

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

Evolution of Roman architecture from the Iron Age through the Late Republic with emphasis on city planning, wall building, and early Roman temple architecture....
Reading
5 videos (Total 75 min), 1 reading
Video5 videos
2.2 The Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus Capitolinus 17m
2.3 Defensive Stone Walls and Regular Town Planning 17m
2.4 The Hellenization of Late Republican Temple Architecture 18m
2.5 The Advent of the Corinthian Order 11m
Reading1 readings
Lecture 2 Image Sources10m
Clock
1 hour to complete

Technology and Revolution in Roman Architecture

The Revolution in Roman Architecture through the widespread adoption of opus caementicium (concrete) used for expressive as well as practical purposes....
Reading
5 videos (Total 70 min), 1 reading
Video5 videos
3.2 The First Experiments in Roman Concrete Construction 11m
3.3 Sanctuaries and the Expressive Potential of Roman Concrete Construction 16m
3.4 Innovations in Concrete at Rome: The Tabularium and The Theater of Marcellus15m
3.5 Concrete Transforms a Mountain at Palestrina 13m
Reading1 readings
Lecture 3 Image Sources10m

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2 hours to complete

Civic Life interrupted: Nightmare and Destiny on August 24, A.D. 79

Civic, commercial, and religious buildings of Pompeii buried by the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 and later rediscovered. Daily life in Pompeii is illustrated through its bakeries and fast food stands and a moving account dramatizes what happened when disaster struck....
Reading
6 videos (Total 72 min), 2 readings
Video6 videos
4.2 The Early Settlement and the Forum at Pompeii 10m
4.3 The Capitolium and Basilica of Pompeii 8m
4.4 Pompeii’s Entertainment District: The Amphitheater, Theater, and Music Hall15m
4.5 Bath Complexes at Pompeii 12m
4.6 Daily Life and the Eruption of Vesuvius 13m
Reading2 readings
Welcome to Week 210m
Lecture 4 Image Sources10m
Clock
1 hour to complete

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

Domestic architecture at Pompeii from its beginnings to the eruption of Vesuvius with emphasis on the development of the domus italica and the Hellenized domus and featuring the House of the Faun and Villa of the Mysteries....
Reading
6 videos (Total 76 min), 1 reading
Video6 videos
5.2 Early Pompeian Houses and the Ideal Hellenized Domus 9m
5.3 Hellenized Houses in Pompeii 13m
5.4 The House of the Faun 15m
5.5 Additional Pompeian Houses 12m
5.6 Villa of the Mysteries 9m
Reading1 readings
Lecture 5 Image Sources10m
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3 hours to complete

Habitats at Herculaneum and Early Roman Interior Decoration

What befell the city of Herculaneum’s inhabitants when they tried to escape Vesuvius. The development of the city’s domestic architecture, especially the Houses of the Mosaic Atrium and the Stags, is traced as is the evolution of First and Second Style Roman wall painting, the latter transforming the flat wall into a panoramic window....
Reading
6 videos (Total 73 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
6.2 Houses at Herculaneum and the Samnite House 7m
6.3 Further Developments in Domestic Architecture at Herculaneum: The House of the Mosaic Atrium and the House of the Stags 17m
6.4 First Style Roman Wall Painting14m
6.5 Second Style Roman Wall Painting 12m
6.6 Second Style Roman Wall Painting and the Family of Augustus8m
Reading1 readings
Lecture 6 Image Sources10m

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2 hours to complete

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

Third Style Roman wall painting in villas belonging to elite patrons. Third Style painting is characterized by departure from perspectival vistas and return to a flat wall decorated with panel pictures and attenuated architectural elements. The Fourth Style is a compendium of all previous styles. Both coexist in Nero’s Domus Aurea. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 74 min), 2 readings
Video6 videos
7.2 Transition from Second to Third Style at Oplontis 11m
7.3 The Mature Third Style at Boscotrecase 14m
7.4 A Third Style Garden and Fabullus Paints the Domus Aurea in Rome17m
7.5 Fourth Style Eclecticism and Display in Pompeii 12m
7.6 Scenographic Painting in Herculaneum 6m
Reading2 readings
Welcome to Week 310m
Lecture 7 Image Sources10m
Clock
1 hour to complete

Exploring Special Subjects on Pompeian Walls

Painted renditions of special subjects inserted into Second through Fourth Style Roman wall paintings. These include mythological, landscape, genre, still life, and history painting, as well as painted portraiture. Highlights include the Dionysiac Mysteries paintings and the Riot in the Amphitheater, both from residences in Pompeii. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 67 min), 1 reading
Video6 videos
8.2 A Mystical Marriage 17m
8.3 The God of Wine and His Brides10m
8.4 Conclusion to the Initiation Rites 7m
8.5 The Wanderings of Odysseus 13m
8.6 Genre, Historical, and Portrait Painting 10m
Reading1 readings
Lecture 8 Image Sources10m

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2 hours to complete

From Brick to Marble: Augustus Assembles Rome

Transformation of Rome by Augustus. Claiming to have found Rome a city of brick and leaving it a city of marble, Augustus exploited marble quarries at Luna (modern Carrara) to build his Forum, decorating it with replicas of Greek caryatids associating his era with Periclean Athens. The contemporary Ara Pacis served as the Luna marble embodiment of Augustus’ new hegemonic empire. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 75 min), 2 readings
Video7 videos
9.2 Julius Caesar, Venus Genetrix, and the Forum Iulium 12m
9.3 The Ascent of Augustus and Access to Italian Marble 12m
9.4 Augustus Assembles His Marble City 11m
9.5 The Forum of Augustus and Its Links to the Greek Past 8m
9.6 The Ara Pacis Augustae 12m
9.7 Mussolini, The Meier Museum, and a Jewel on Lungotevere 9m
Reading2 readings
Welcome to Week 410m
Lecture 9 Image Sources10m
Clock
1 hour to complete

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

Sepulchral architecture in Rome under Augustus. Roman tombs were built in a variety of personalized forms among them the pyramidal Tomb of the aristocrat Gaius Cestius, and the trapezoidal Tomb of Marcus Vergilius Eurysaces, probably a former slave who made his fortune overseeing the baking and public distribution of bread for the Roman army. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 71 min), 1 reading
Video7 videos
10.2 Etruscan Antecedents of the Mausoleum of Augustus 8m
10.3 The Tomb of Caecilia Metella on the Via Appia 9m
10.4 The Pyramidal Tomb of Gaius Cestius 12m
10.5 The Tomb of the Baker Eurysaces and His Wife Atistia 8m
10.6 Atistia's Breadbasket and Eurysaces' Achievements9m
10.7 Tombs for Those of Modest Means and the Future of Concrete Architecture 11m
Reading1 readings
Lecture 10 Image Sources10m
Clock
3 hours to complete

Notorious Nero and His Amazing Architectural Legacy

Architecture under the Julio-Claudian emperors: Tiberius' Villa Jovis on Capri, and, in Rome and at Portus, the eccentric architecture of Claudius with its unique combination of finished and rusticated masonry. The culminating masterwork is Nero’s Domus Aurea with its octagonal room, one of the most important rooms in the history of Roman architecture....
Reading
6 videos (Total 74 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
11.2 Caligula and the Underground Basilica in Rome 12m
11.3 Claudius and the Harbor at Portus 10m
11.4 Claudius' Porta Maggiore in Rome 7m
11.5 Nero and the Domus Transitoria in Rome13m
11.6 The Golden House of Nero and the Octagonal Room 12m
Reading1 readings
Lecture 11 Image Sources10m

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2 hours to complete

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

The Flavian dynasty of Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian. Vespasian linked himself to Divus Claudius by completing the Claudianum, distanced himself from Nero by destroying part of the Domus Aurea, filling in the artificial lake and replacing it with the Colosseum. Titus commissioned Rome's first preserved example of the "imperial bath type," characterized by grand scale, axiality, and symmetry....
Reading
6 videos (Total 72 min), 2 readings
Video6 videos
12.2 The Claudianum or The Temple of Divine Claudius 8m
12.3 The Colosseum: Icon of Rome 13m
12.4 The Colosseum as a Post-Antique Quarry 11m
12.5 The Forum or Templum Pacis 17m
12.6 The Imperial Baths of Titus 10m
Reading2 readings
Welcome to Week 510m
Lecture 12 Image Sources10m
Clock
1 hour to complete

The Prince and the Palace: Human Made Divine on the Palatine Hill

The Domitianic Arch (and Tomb) of Titus celebrating the Flavian victory in the Jewish Wars; the Stadium of Domitian, its shape now preserved in Rome's Piazza Navona, the Imperial Palace on the Palatine Hill, designed by Rabirius and featuring Domitian as dominus et deus, and the Forum Transitorium, a narrow space with undulating columnar bays announcing the beginning of a "baroque" phase in Roman architecture. First Quiz is located here! ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 74 min), 1 reading
Video6 videos
13.2 The Arch of Titus: Triumph and Tomb 9m
13.3 Domitian's Succession and Stadium (The Piazza Navona) 9m
13.4 Domitian as Dominus et Deus in the Palatine Palace 13m
13.5 Rabirius' Architectural Innovations 15m
13.6 The Forum Transitorium and Incipient Baroque Architecture 11m
Reading1 readings
Leture 13 Image Sources10m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

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

Trajan’s monumental architecture in Rome references his expansion of the Roman Empire to its furthest reaches. Highlights include the Baths of Trajan and the Forum and Markets of Trajan, built on land that engineer/architect Apollodorus of Damascus created by cutting away part of the Quirinal Hill. The complex also includes the celebrated 125-foot Column of Trajan with a spiral frieze commemorating the emperor's military victories in Dacia....
Reading
6 videos (Total 72 min), 2 readings
Video6 videos
14.2 The Baths of Trajan 14m
14.3 The Forum of Trajan9m
14.4 The Basilica Ulpia 14m
14.5 The Column of Trajan 13m
14.6 The Markets of Trajan and The Succession of Hadrian 12m
Reading2 readings
Welcome to Week 6!10m
Lecture 14 Image Sources10m
Clock
1 hour to complete

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

Architecture in and around Rome during Hadrian’s reign: the Temple of Venus and Roma possibly designed by Hadrian; the Pantheon, combining the marble porch and pediment of a traditional Greco-Roman temple with a vast concrete cylindrical drum, hemispherical dome, central oculus, and theatrical light effects; the Villa of Hadrian at Tivoli, where the emperor recreated buildings and works of art observed during his empire-wide travels; and the Mausoleum of Hadrian (Castel Sant'Angelo)....
Reading
5 videos (Total 73 min), 1 reading
Video5 videos
15.2 The Pantheon: A Temple to All the Gods 14m
15.3 The Pantheon and Its Impact on Later Architecture 17m
15.4 Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli: Travelogue and Retreat8m
15.5 Unique Designs at Hadrian's Villa and the Castel Sant' Angelo in Rome17m
Reading1 readings
Lecture 15 Image Sources10m
Clock
4 hours to complete

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

Tour of Ostia, characterized by multi-storied residential buildings and widespread use of brick-faced concrete. The city's public face features the Forum, Capitolium, Theater, and Piazzale delle Corporazioni with its black-and-white mosaic shipping company advertisements. The Insula of Diana, a four-floor brick apartment building, and warehouses like the Horrea Epagathiana highlight the Ostian appreciation of the aesthetic qualities of exposed brick facing. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 76 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
16.2 Civic Architecture in Ostia 10m
16.3 Transacting Business at the Piazzale delle Corporazioni13m
16.4 Residential Architecture at Ostia: The Insulae 12m
16.5 The Warehouses of Ostia 6m
16.6 Painted Decoration and Mosaic Floors 8m
16.7 Re-emergence of the Domus at Ostia and Tombs at Isola Sacra 11m
Reading2 readings
Preparing for the Roman Architecture Mastery Quiz10m
Lecture 16 Image Sources10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Mastery Quiz 120m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

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

Exploration of a "bigger is better" philosophy; exposed brick tombs with painted stucco and architectural elements; the Temple of Divine Antoninus Pius and Faustina and its post-antique afterlife as the Church of S. Lorenzo in Miranda; the earliest surviving triple-bayed Arch of Septimius Severus in the Roman Forum; the Septizodium, a lively baroque-style façade for Domitian's Palace on the Palatine Hill; and the colossal Baths of Caracalla...
Reading
6 videos (Total 76 min), 2 readings
Video6 videos
17.2 Second-Century Tomb Interiors in Rome6m
17.3 The Tomb Of the Caetennii in the Vatican Cemetery 11m
17.4 The Temple of Antoninus Pius and Faustina the Elder in the Roman Forum 9m
17.5 The New Severan Dynasty and The Parthian Arch in the Roman Forum 15m
17.6 Biggest Is Best: The Baths of Caracalla in Rome 13m
Reading2 readings
Welcome to Week 710m
Lecture 17 Image Sources10m
Clock
1 hour to complete

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

Timgad, Trajan’s colony for Roman army veterans, was designed as a castrum; Leptis Magna, with Carthaginian roots, was developed first under Augustus. Leptis-born Septimius Severus renovated his hometown featuring a forum, basilica, and arch. Entrepreneurs, providing animals to Rome's amphitheaters, commissioned Hunting Baths with intimate vaulted spaces revealed on the outside and silhouetted against the sea, suggesting that they knew how to innovate and enjoy life....
Reading
5 videos (Total 73 min), 1 reading
Video5 videos
18.2 Leptis Magna in the Age of Augustus 14m
18.3 The Augustan Theater and the Hadrianic Baths at Leptis Magna 14m
18.4 Septimius Severus Sheathes Leptis in Imported Marble 14m
18.5 The Severan Temple and Basilica, the Arch of Septimius Severus, and the Unique Hunting Baths 13m
Reading1 readings
Lecture 18 Image Sources10m
Clock
1 hour to complete

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

The baroque phenomenon in ancient Roman architecture where the traditional vocabulary of architecture (columns, pediments, et al) is manipulated to enliven building façades and inject them with dynamic motion. Appearing in Rome in the late first century A.D., baroque architecture was foremost in the Greek East where high-quality marble and expert marble carvers made it the architectural mode of choice. It foreshadowed Borromini’s showpieces of seventeenth-century Rome....
Reading
6 videos (Total 73 min), 1 reading
Video6 videos
19.2 Exploring Baroque Elements in Italy 11m
19.3 Baroque Facadism at Petra 17m
19.4 The Baroque in Ancient Asia Minor 13m
19.5 The Theater at Sabratha, North Africa 4m
19.6 The Temples of Jupiter, Bacchus, and Venus in Baalbek, Lebanon 13m
Reading1 readings
Lecture 19 Image Sources10m

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2 hours to complete

Roman Wine in Greek Bottles: The Rebirth of Athens

The rebirth of Athens under Rome’s foremost philhellenic emperors, Augustus and Hadrian. High quality Greek marble and expert Greek stone carvers produced notable edifices in Roman Greece dependent on a mutual exchange of architectural ideas and motifs between Rome and Athens. These include the Monument of Philopappos, the Library and Arch of Hadrian, and architectural additions or transformations made to the Acropolis and the Greek and Roman Agoras....
Reading
6 videos (Total 76 min), 2 readings
Video6 videos
20.2 Augustus and the Athenian Acropolis11m
20.3 Agrippa's Building Program in Athens 16m
20.4 The Roman Agora and the Tower of the Winds 9m
20.5 Architecture in Athens under Hadrian 12m
20.6 The Monument of Philopappos on the Mouseion Hill 12m
Reading2 readings
Welcome to Week 810m
Lecture 20 Image Sources10m
Clock
1 hour to complete

Making Mini Romes on the Western Frontier

Romanization was meant to provide amenities to Rome’s new colonies while, at the same time, transforming them into miniature versions of Rome. The focus here is on western frontier sites in what are now North Italy, France, Spain, and Croatia. Highlights include: the Theater at Orange, the Maison Carrée and the Pont-du-Gard at Nîmes, and the Trophy of Augustus at La Turbie....
Reading
6 videos (Total 74 min), 1 reading
Video6 videos
21.2 Urban Planning in North Italy and the South of France 10m
21.3 Augustan Temples at Vienne and Nimes11m
21.4 The Pont du Gard and the Aqueduct at Segovia 15m
21.5 Augustus' Pacification of the Alpine Tribes and his Trophy at La Turbie 14m
21.6 Funerary and Commemorative Architecture12m
Reading1 readings
Lecture 21 Image Sources10m

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2 hours to complete

Rome Redux: The Tetrarchic Renaissance

Except for the Aurelian Walls, Rome’s third century was an "architectural wasteland.” Diocletian created a new form of government called the Tetrarchy (four-man rule) with leaders in East and West. Public and private building campaigns in Rome and the provinces reflected the Empire's renewed stability and centered on enhancing or restoring buildings in the Roman Forum and constructing the Baths of Diocletian in Rome and Diocletian’s Palace at Split. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 74 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
22.2 The Rise of the Tetrarchy 6m
22.3 The Decennial or Five-Column Monument in the Roman Forum 10m
22.4 The Senate House or Curia Julia 9m
22.5 The Baths of Diocletian 9m
22.6 The Palace of Diocletian at Split 9m
22.7 Tetrarchic Palaces Around the Empire 16m
Reading3 readings
Welcome to Week 910m
Preparing for the Roman Architecture Mastery Quiz10m
Lecture 22 Image Sources10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Mastery Quiz 220m
Clock
2 hours to complete

Rome of Constantine and a New Rome

Constantine commissioned buildings linked to the pagan past (Baths of Constantine) and others (Aula Palatina,Trier) looking to the Christian future. New architectural ideas abound. The "Temple of Minerva Medica" is decagonal and the Basilica Nova modeled on the frigidaria of Roman imperial baths. The Arch of Constantine commemorates Constantine's victory at the Milvian Bridge and serves as a compendium of Constantine's accomplishments matching those of “good” second-century Roman emperors....
Reading
6 videos (Total 76 min), 2 readings
Video6 videos
23.2 The Baths of Constantine in Rome and the Porta Nigra at Trier 11m
23.3 The Basilica or Aula Palatina at Trier 7m
23.4 The Temple of Minerva Medica in Rome 8m
23.5 The Basilica Nova in Rome 17m
23.6 The Arch of Constantine and the Enduring Impact of Roman Architecture 15m
Reading2 readings
Post-Course Survey10m
Lecture 23 Image Sources10m
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By VApr 18th 2017

Excelente Curso!! El contenido y la forma de explicar de la maestra Diana lo hace más interesante. Excelente profesora, me transmite ese amor por Roma y sobretodo por ir a visitar Pompeya.

By GONov 3rd 2017

The course is wonderful! Professor Kleiner can take us on a journey into the past and teach beautifully about the fascinating history of Roman Architecture. I recommend it to everyone!

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Diana E.E. Kleiner

Dunham Professor of History of Art and Classics at Yale University

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