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Approx. 54 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 hours/week...
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English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
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
Hours to complete
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 reading
Lecture 2 Image Sources10m
Hours to complete
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 reading
Lecture 3 Image Sources10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
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
Hours to complete
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 reading
Lecture 5 Image Sources10m
Hours to complete
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 reading
Lecture 6 Image Sources10m
Week
3
Hours to complete
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
Hours to complete
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 reading
Lecture 8 Image Sources10m
Week
4
Hours to complete
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
Hours to complete
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 reading
Lecture 10 Image Sources10m
Hours to complete
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 reading
Lecture 11 Image Sources10m
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By JQFeb 21st 2018

FANTASTIC COURSE: Although I've been to Rome several times, this course opened my eyes to many aspects of Roman Architecture I was heretofore unaware of. Thanks so much! Dr Quincy

By SWFeb 11th 2018

Well structured & organized materials, well articulated lectures, smartly designed assignments. Diana brought architecture study to a marvelous level. What a delight!

Instructor

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Diana E.E. Kleiner

Dunham Professor of History of Art and Classics at Yale University
History Of Art

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