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Roman Architecture - Video

By Diana E. E. Kleiner

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(HSAR 252) 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. The lectures are illustrated with over 1,500 images, many from Professor Kleiner's personal collection. This course was recorded in Spring 2009.

Customer Reviews

Great teacher! Interesting subject.

Dr. Kleiner does an excellent job of presenting her topic. Each lecture is wonderfully dense with information and comes with many photographs illustrating the topics being presented. Every lecture is logical, coherent, and obviously the result of a lot of preparation. A real pleasure to be able to view and listen to her lectures. Thank you thank you Dr. Kleiner!! And thank you Apple/iTunes for hosting this here. It is one of the rare pleasures of being human, the ability to share in the results of such wonderful scholarship and thereby expand my understanding.

Interesting, Practical History

I've always wanted to study architecture, but never had the chance. I also have a great interest in ancient European History and this class filled both - interspersed with all the nuggets of Roman architecture and its development is the history of the empire - which made the topic more relevant to me. Having been to Rome twice, I now know what a lot of those "piles of bricks" were and their importance to our culture.

Absolutely superb in every way!

This course offers superb coverage of Roman architecture from roughly the 2nd C BCE through the 1st C CE focusing on Rome and Pompeii. In addition to fascinating material, Prof. Kleiner is an excellent lecturer. I happened across this material while searching for background information preparing as a docent for a Museum exhibit on Pompeii and the lectures were the final impetus for the decision to visit Pompeii. High recommended if you are interested in the material!