Roman Architecture is a course for people who love to travel—in actuality and virtually—to a wide variety of places and we will do that together as we explore the great buildings and engineering marvels of Rome and its vast empire in their ancient and contemporary contexts.
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. Many of the learning materials presented in this course will be adapted from the Roman Architecture course Professor Kleiner provided as part of the Open Yale Courses project. The lectures are illustrated with over 1,500 images, many from Professor Kleiner's personal collection.
As I mentioned in my introductory video above, the Roman Empire was centered in Rome but encompassed a vast area on three continents. And the impact of its architecture since then is even broader than that. The global reach of the empire makes Roman architecture a perfect subject for our global society and having community moderators from around the world would add immeasurably to the course experience.
For that reason, I am seeking a few "community moderators" to volunteer their time to collaborate with me and my Teaching Fellow, Meghan Freeman, who is working on her PhD in Roman Art and Architecture at Yale. I am hoping to identify a small number of students willing, once the course begins, to devote approximately four hours each week to help me and Meghan interact on the forum, answer questions from classmates, and perhaps even participate in a live video session! I am hoping to attract volunteers from around the world and with varied educational and professional backgrounds.