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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

You will love it!

Wish I could give this a higher rating than "great." My wife and I watched these lectures before going to Rome for a five week stay. Prof. Kleiner's lectures made all the ancient architecture come alive in an amazing way! We watched the lecture on Ostia Antica a second time the night before we visited it and it was amazing how much we enjoyed the visit. These lectures have a general interest beyond an academic one. The first lecture gives a good feel of how interesting the whole series is. Thanks so much, Prof. Kleiner!

Helpful preparation for travel

Thank you Dr Kleiner for these informative lectures and wonderful images of Rome, Pompeii, Ostia and other sites. I will travel to Rome and Pompeii very soon and wanted a quick way to learn about ancient architecture. It helps to know a little about ancient Rome, but even if you do not, the material is presented in a way that anyone could absorb, remember, and enjoy. I was only planning to download one or two and ended up watching nearly all of them. Excellent.

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!