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Roman Architecture

 with  Diana 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.  Some of the learning materials have been adapted from the Roman Architecture course recorded for Open Yale Courses; others are new. The lectures  are illustrated with over 1,500 images, many from my personal collection.

Syllabus

Week 1 

Material available at 6 AM EST, Monday, February 2

  • Introduction to Roman Architecture
  • It Takes a City: The Founding of Rome and the Beginnings of Urbanism in Italy

Week 2

Material available at 6 AM EST, Monday, February 9

  • Technology and Revolution in Roman Architecture
  • Civic Life Interrupted; Nightmare and Destiny on August 24, A.D. 79
  • Writing Assignment 1: Does New Technology Lead to Innovation or Innovation to New Technology? (250 words, due by 11:30 PM EST on Monday, February 16)

Week 3

Material available at 6 AM EST, Monday, February 16

  • Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous: Houses and Villas at Pompeii
  • Habitats at Herculaneum and Early Roman Interior Decoration
  • Writing Assignment 1: Peer-Review Grading (You must submit your grading by 11:30 PM EST on Monday, February 23)

Week 4

Material available at 6 AM EST, Monday, February 23

  • Gilding the Lily: Painting Palaces and Villas in the First Century A.D.
  • Exploring Special Subjects on Pompeian Walls

Week 5

Material available at 6 AM EST, Monday, March 2

  • From Brick to Marble: Augustus Assembles Rome
  • Accessing Afterlife: Tombs of Roman Aristocrats, Freedmen, and Slaves
  • Writing Assignment 2: How Do the Romans Use Architecture for Self Promotion? (250 words due by 11:30 pm EST on Monday, March 9)

Week 6

Material available at 6 AM EST, Monday, March 9

  • Notorious Nero and His Amazing Architectural Legacy
  • The Creation of an Icon: The Colosseum and Contemporary Architecture in Rome
  • Writing Assignment 2: Peer-Review Grading  (You must submit your grading by 11:30 PM EST on Monday, March 16)

Week 7

Material available at 6 AM EST, Monday, March 16

  • The Prince and the Palace: Human Made Divine on the Palatine Hill
  • The Mother of All Forums: Civic Architecture in Rome under Trajan
  • Mastery Quiz 1 (due by 11:30 PM EST on Monday, March 23)

Week 8

Material available at 6 AM EST, Monday, March 23

  • Rome and a Villa: Hadrian’s Pantheon and Tivoli Retreat
  • The Roman Way of Life and Death at Ostia, the Port of Rome
  • Term Project: Design Your Own Roman City Project (500 words and city design drawings due by 11:30 PM EST on Monday, April 6)

Week 9

Material available at 6 AM EST, Monday, March 30

  • Bigger is Better: The Baths of Caracalla and Other Second- and Third-Century Buildings in Rome
  • Hometown Boy: Honoring an Emperor’s Roots in Roman North Africa
  • Continue to work on Term Project

Week 10

Material available at 6 AM EST, Monday, April 6

  • Baroque Extravaganzas: Rock Tombs, Fountains, and Sanctuaries in Jordan, Lebanon, and Libya
  • Roman Wine in Greek Bottles: The Rebirth of Athens
  • Design Your Own Roman City Project: Complete the 500-word writing assignment and the by-hand or computer-generated city 

Week 11

Material available at 6 AM EST, Monday, April 13

  • Making Mini Romes on the Western Frontier
  • Rome Redux: The Tetrarchic Renaissance
  • Design Your Own Roman City Project Writing Assignment: Peer-Review Writing Assignment (You must submit your grading by 11:30 pm EST on Monday, April 20)

Week 12

Material available at 6 AM EST, Monday, April 20

  • Rome of Constantine and a New Rome
  • Mastery Quiz 2 (due by 11:30 PM EST on Monday, April 27)
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Edward Tanguay partially completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I began watching videos for this class in January 2014 when it started because I was going to be in Rome for 5 days at the end of March. Professor Klein's deep background of Roman architecture gave me a much wider understanding of the individual monuments that I visited when in Rome, as well as gave me a good understan Read More
I began watching videos for this class in January 2014 when it started because I was going to be in Rome for 5 days at the end of March. Professor Klein's deep background of Roman architecture gave me a much wider understanding of the individual monuments that I visited when in Rome, as well as gave me a good understanding of architectural terms in general such as spandrel, spolia, loggia, entablature, dentil, cella, etc. The lectures are not just based on architecture in Rome but around Rome as well as topics such as where Augustus got the marble for his works. For me these lectures were also a way to learn quite a bit of Roman history such as which emperor lived when. In terms of professionalism, organization, and thoroughness, professor Klein is one of the best professors I've ever had. I can highly recommend this course.

The following FULL REVIEW contains interactive notes on 23 lectures, 13 historical people, 56 vocabulary words, and 12 flashcards I recorded while watching the lectures in this course:
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I disagree strongly with two opinions expressed so far. I just finished the entire course and it was engaging and richly rewarding. While this course uses prerecorded video from Yale's Open Courses initiative, the production values are very good. Professor Kleiner is a world-renowned authority in Roman art and archite Read More
I disagree strongly with two opinions expressed so far. I just finished the entire course and it was engaging and richly rewarding. While this course uses prerecorded video from Yale's Open Courses initiative, the production values are very good.

Professor Kleiner is a world-renowned authority in Roman art and architecture -- and a delight to watch and listen to. If you pay attention to the lectures, do the supplemental reading, and complete the assignments you will walk away with a strong foundation in classical Roman architecture. Enjoy!
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there are mistakes in the spoken text and repetitions which lead to incorrect notetaking and test results. Also basic info. hard to find as recom. by lecturer.i suggest some of these problems are due to the background staff preparing the info. I am also doing Everyday Morality at Yale with all readings and info. upfront and ahead of timewhich makes the class a pleasure.
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Not happy with the course. Expected much more from Yale. These are just videotaped lectures that are available on youtube since for years and too many technical problems. Looks like Yale didn't put enough effort into it.
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Joao Manuel Alves Da Costa completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
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Aana audited this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
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