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Approx. 16 hours to complete

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Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Why the Arch of Titus Matters

This module introduces the Arch of Titus and the larger themes of the course. Students will begin to view the Arch from the perspectives of Roman and Jewish history, of the victors and the vanquished, and the continuing history of this artifact. They will be sensitized to the presence of imagery related to the Arch in the larger culture, and be able to identity some of that imagery....
Reading
8 videos (Total 27 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Why Does the Arch Matter?2m
Historical Context: The Jewish War and the Arch of Titus2m
The Arch: Romans and Jews3m
Colloquium: The Arch as a War Memorial, University of Southern California, 20155m
Objects Depicted on the Arch4m
Visiting The Roman Empire3m
The Arch: What Romans and Jews Saw1m
Reading1 reading
Assignment 1: Field Research “The Arch of Titus is everywhere, if you know where to look!”10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

The Arch of Titus as a Work of Art

This module explores the Arch of Titus as an artifact. Students will learn to look closely at this and other historical monuments in order to draw out the meanings of its iconography. They will see the Arch and especially its carved relief panels through selected refracting lenses....
Reading
8 videos (Total 33 min), 1 quiz
Video8 videos
The Arch: Location and Light6m
The Scenes on the Arch4m
From Triumphal Parade to Modern Restoration1m
Other Roman Art: Exploring the Getty, Part 26m
An Artist's View: Ruth Weisberg4m
Office Hours: What is a Menorah?3m
Office Hours, Students Ask Questions: How to Interpret an Artifact4m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Some Basic Facts About The Arch of Titus16m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

The Arch of Titus in History

Roman and Talmudic sources on Titus's triumphal parade in 71 CE will be the focus of this module. Students will read these ancient texts critically and assess the historical value for understanding the Arch and its later reception....
Reading
4 videos (Total 22 min), 1 quiz
Video4 videos
The Roman Triumphal Parade5m
Talmudic Rabbis of 3rd and 4th Centuries4m
Office Hours: The Arch in Roman Society5m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

The Arch of Titus from Antiquity to the Modern Era

Students will explore Jewish and Christian perspectives of the Arch and be able to explain how these perceptions affected their experience and interpretation of this artifact. Conversations with scholars and museum "visits" demonstrate a broad range of contemporary perspectives on the Arch and the continued significance of its iconography....
Reading
13 videos (Total 61 min), 1 quiz
Video13 videos
The Temple Vessels and the Fall of Rome: Procopius4m
The Arch and Medieval Christianity9m
The Arch and Medieval Christianity: A Conversation with Prof. William Stenhouse2m
The First Book about the Arch, 17165m
Bernard and Picart's Religious Ceremonies and Customs of All the Peoples of the World (1723-1743)4m
Through the Eyes of Contemporary Scholars: Professor Fine with Professor Stenhouse3m
Triumphal Arches From 1500s-1800s3m
Jews and the The Archm
Office Hours, Students ask Questions: Legends of the Menorah8m
The Arch at the Jewish Museum5m
The Arch and the Menorah at the Metropolitan Museum of Art5m
Jewish Artifacts3m
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Top Reviews

By RSAug 23rd 2016

I rate this course as excellent. It was fascinating and I enjoyed the detailed study. I also enjoyed the beautiful filming of the various locations and especially the Arch of Titus itself

By MBMar 29th 2016

Interesting and inciteful. Dr. Fine is an excellent instructor! Thank you, sir. I hope you will present more classes from Yeshiva University!

Instructor

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Steven Fine

Professor
Jewish History

About Yeshiva University

Now in its second century, Yeshiva University is the oldest and most comprehensive educational institution under Jewish auspices in America. It is an independent university that ranks among the nation's leading academic research institutions and, reflecting the time-honored tradition of Torah Umadda -- where Judaic and secular words intersect-- provides the highest quality Jewish and secular education of any Jewish university in the world. YU Global is YU Online and the content creator for all Coursera courses....

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