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.
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.