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.
In addition to the videos, recommended reading, message forums and other materials listed in the syllabus, we’ll be using various forms of social media to stay connected and share ideas and images. Please note the following social network accounts set up for this course. Over the next 15 weeks, I will also identify specific #(hashtags) to help keep topics and assignments organized on each network.
In addition to the videos, recommended reading, message forums and other materials listed in the syllabus, we’ll be using various forms of social media to stay connected and share ideas and images. Please note the following social network accounts set up for this course – although engaging through social media is NOT a requirement for this course.
Twitter. Please note the underscore at the end of the username: RomanArch_
Instagram. Username: Roman_Architecture
[第2集] 一个城市： 罗马建国和意大利城市的起源
[第4集] 公民生活中断： 噩梦与命运上 8 月 24，公元 79年
[第5集] 丰富和著名的生活方式： 住宅和别墅在庞培城
[第7集] 锦上添花： 公元一世纪的宫殿绘画和别墅
[第9集] 从石砖到大理石： 奥古斯都组建罗马
[第12集] 图标的创新： 当代建筑在罗马与竞技场
[第20集] 希腊瓶中的罗马葡萄酒： 雅典的重生
It Takes a City: The Founding of Rome and the Beginnings of Urbanism in Italy
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 Revolution or Revolution to New Technology? (250 words)
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
Gilding the Lily: Painting Palaces and Villas in the First Century A.D.
Exploring Special Subjects on Pompeian Walls
From Brick to Marble: Augustus Assembles Rome
Accessing Afterlife: Tombs of Roman Aristocrats, Freedmen, and Slaves
Writing Assignment 2: Should Rome be an Artifact or a Living City? (250 words)
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
The Prince and the Palace: Human Made Divine on the Palatine Hill
Mastery Quiz 1
Designing a Roman City Lecture and Project Assignment
The Mother of All Forums: Civic Architecture in Rome under Trajan
Design Your Own Roman City Project
Come up with the concept and do the research
Design Your Own Roman City Project
Write the 500-word paper describing the city and the reason for its construction and complete the by-hand or computer-generated drawings of the city’s plan and at least one of its buildings.
Rome and a Villa: Hadrian’s Pantheon and Tivoli Retreat
The Roman Way of Life and Death at Ostia, the Port of Rome
Design Your Own Roman City Project Writing Assignment: Peer-Review Writing Assignment
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
Writing Assignment 3: Did Apollodorus of Damascus Design the Pantheon?
Baroque Extravaganzas: Rock Tombs, Fountains, and Sanctuaries in Jordan, Lebanon, and Libya
Roman Wine in Greek Bottles: The Rebirth of Athens
Writing Assignment 3: Peer-Review Grading
Making Mini Romes on the Western Frontier
Rome Redux: The Tetrarchic Renaissance
Rome of Constantine and a New Rome
Mastery Quiz 2
There is no required background and everyone is welcome to take this course.
The illustrated lectures are designed to be self-contained but we strongly recommend Diana E. E. Kleiner, Roman Architecture: A Visual Guide (Yale University Press, 2014). This interactive e-book is a companion to the Roman Architecture course, featuring chapter overviews for the major time periods, sites, and monuments and concise interpretations of the most important buildings in the Roman Empire, illustrated in over 250 photographs and site plans. They provide the “Monument Lists” mentioned in the lectures and are presented primarily through my own digital images. Above all, these custom created resources make learning easier than ever with maps, pop up references, visual book navigation, geolocation links, flashcards, and recommendations for further reading.
Roman Architecture: A Visual Guide is available from Apple iBooks. Click here to purchase the iBooks version.
The e-book is also available for Amazon Kindle. Click here to purchase for Amazon Kindle.
In order to explore the expansive reach of the Roman Empire, the course encompasses the full spring semester (15 weeks) and is coordinated with the Roman Architecture class I’ll teach concurrently at Yale. This provides an unprecedented opportunity to connect Coursera and Yale students in occasional collaborative learning activities, which will be announced along the way. Most weeks have two sets of video lectures, divided into five or six sections of 15-20 minutes in length. Each video lecture is accompanied by in-video quiz questions to assess your comprehension and provide immediate feedback. These are machine graded, as are the two required Mastery Quizzes. Three required 250-word writing assignments on thought-provoking problem-solving questions are spread across the semester and require peer-review of other students’ work. These will be assigned on Monday of the designated weeks, giving you one week to complete them and a second week to peer grade. The capstone project is to Design Your Own Roman City. Two weeks without any lectures or other assignments are reserved for you to concentrate on the research and writing of the 500-word city design paper, accompanied by a city plan and drawing of one individual building. Throughout the course, we will be interacting in the online forum, in occasional video chats, and through Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Since this course is about architecture, capturing and displaying ancient Roman buildings and others that resemble them on Instagram should prove to be one of the most creative and exciting elements of the course.
Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?
Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.
Students can also elect to enroll in the Signature Track to earn a Verified Certificate.