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Lec 1 - Introduction to Roman Architecture

"Lec 1 - Introduction to Roman Architecture" Roman Architecture (HSAR 252) Professor Kleiner introduces the wide variety of Roman buildings covered in the course and links them with the theme of Roman urbanism. The lecture ranges from early Roman stone construction to such masterpieces of Roman concrete architecture as the Colosseum and Pantheon. Traveling from Rome and Pompeii across the...
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Lec 2 - It Takes a City: The Founding of ...

"Lec 2 - It Takes a City: The Founding of Rome and the Beginnings of Urbanism in Italy" Roman Architecture (HSAR 252) Professor Kleiner traces the evolution of Roman architecture from its beginnings in the eight-century B.C. Iron Age through the late Republican period. The lecture features traditional Roman temple architecture as a synthesis of Etruscan and Greek temple types, early...
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Lec 3 - Technology and Revolution in Rom ...

"Lec 3 - Technology and Revolution in Roman Architecture" Roman Architecture (HSAR 252) Professor Kleiner discusses the revolution in Roman architecture resulting from the widespread adoption of concrete in the late second and first centuries B.C. She contrasts what she calls innovative Roman architecture with the more traditional buildings already surveyed and documents a shift from the use...
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Lec 4 - Civic Life Interrupted: Nightmar ...

"Lec 4 - Civic Life Interrupted: Nightmare and Destiny on August 24, A.D. 79" Roman Architecture (HSAR 252) Professor Kleiner explores the civic, commercial, and religious buildings of Pompeii, an overview made possible only because of an historical happenstance--the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79, which buried the city at the height of its development. While the lecture features the...
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Lec 5 - Lifestyles of the Rich and Famou ...

"Lec 5 - Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous: Houses and Villas at Pompeii" Roman Architecture (HSAR 252) Professor Kleiner discusses domestic architecture at Pompeii from its beginnings in the fourth and third centuries B.C. to the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79. She describes the plan of the ideal domus italica and features two residences that conform to that layout. She then presents the...
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Lec 6 - Habitats at Herculaneum and Earl ...

"Lec 6 - Habitats at Herculaneum and Early Roman Interior Decoration" Roman Architecture (HSAR 252) Professor Kleiner discusses domestic architecture at Herculaneum and the First and Second Styles of Roman wall painting. The lecture begins with an introduction to the history of the city of Herculaneum and what befell some of its inhabitants when they tried to escape obliteration by Vesuvius....
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Lec 7 - Gilding the Lily: Painting Palac ...

"Lec 7 - Gilding the Lily: Painting Palaces and Villas in the First Century A.D." Roman Architecture (HSAR 252) Professor Kleiner discusses the development of Third Style Roman wall painting in late first century B.C. villas belonging to the imperial family and other elite patrons. Third Style painting, as Professor Kleiner demonstrates, is characterized by departure from the perspectival...
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Lec 8 - Exploring Special Subjects on Po ...

"Lec 8 - Exploring Special Subjects on Pompeian Walls" Roman Architecture (HSAR 252) Professor Kleiner discusses special subjects in Roman wall painting that do not fall within the four architectural styles but were nonetheless inserted into their wall schemes: mythological painting, landscape, genre, still life, history painting, and painted portraiture. The lecture begins with an in-depth...
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Lec 9 - From Brick to Marble: Augustus A ...

"Lec 9 - From Brick to Marble: Augustus Assembles Rome" Roman Architecture (HSAR 252) Professor Kleiner discusses the transformation of Rome by its first emperor, Augustus, who claimed to have found Rome a city of brick and left it a city of marble. The conversion was made possible by the exploitation of new marble quarries at Luna (modern Carrara) on the northwest coast of Italy. The...
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Lec 10 - Accessing Afterlife: Tombs of R ...

"Lec 10 - Accessing Afterlife: Tombs of Roman Aristocrats, Freedmen, and Slaves" Roman Architecture (HSAR 252) Professor Kleiner explores sepulchral architecture in Rome commissioned by the emperor, aristocrats, successful professionals, and former slaves during the age of Augustus. Unlike most civic and residential buildings, tombs serve no practical purpose other than to commemorate the...
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Lecture 11 - Notorious Nero and His Amaz ...

"Lec 11 - Notorious Nero and His Amazing Architectural Legacy"Roman Architecture (HSAR 252) Professor Kleiner features the architecture of Augustus' successors, the Julio-Claudian emperors, whose dynasty lasted half a century (A.D. 14-68). She first presents Tiberius' magnificent Villa Jovis on the Island of Capri and an underground basilica in Rome used by members of a secret...
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Lec 12 - The Creation of an Icon: The Co ...

"Lec 12 - The Creation of an Icon: The Colosseum and Contemporary Architecture in Rome" Roman Architecture (HSAR 252) Professor Kleiner features the tumultuous year of 68-69 when Rome had four competing emperors. Vespasian emerged the victor, founded the Flavian dynasty, and was succeeded by his sons, Titus and Domitian. The Flavians were especially adept at using architecture to shape...
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Lec 13 - The Prince and the Palace: Huma ...

"Lec 13 - The Prince and the Palace: Human Made Divine on the Palatine Hill" Roman Architecture (HSAR 252) Professor Kleiner investigates the major architectural commissions of the emperor Domitian, the last Flavian emperor. She begins with the Arch of Titus, erected after Titus' death by his brother Domitian on land previously occupied by Nero's Domus Transitoria. The Arch celebrated Titus'...
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Lec 14 - The Mother of All Forums: Civic ...

"Lec 14 - The Mother of All Forums: Civic Architecture in Rome under Trajan" Roman Architecture (HSAR 252) Professor Kleiner analyzes the major public architectural commissions of the emperor Trajan in Rome. Distinguished by their remarkably ambitious scale, these buildings mimic Trajan's expansion of the Roman Empire to its furthest reaches. Professor Kleiner begins with Trajan's...
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Lec 15 - Rome and a Villa: Hadrian's Pan ...

"Lec 15 - Rome and a Villa: Hadrian's Pantheon and Tivoli Retreat" Roman Architecture (HSAR 252) Professor Kleiner features the architecture built in and around Rome during the reign of Hadrian. The lecture begins with the Temple of Venus and Roma, a Greek-style temple constructed near the Colosseum in Rome, which may have been designed by Hadrian himself. Professor Kleiner then turns to the...
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Lec 16 - The Roman Way of Life and Death ...

"Lec 16 - The Roman Way of Life and Death at Ostia, the Port of Rome" Roman Architecture (HSAR 252) Professor Kleiner focuses on Ostia, the port of Rome, characterized by its multi-storied residential buildings and its widespread use of brick-faced concrete. She begins with the city's public face--the Forum, Capitolium, Theater, and Piazzale delle Corporazioni. The Piazzale, set behind the...
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Lec 17 - Bigger Is Better: The Baths of ...

"Lec 17 - Bigger Is Better: The Baths of Caracalla and Other Second- and Third-Century Buildings in Rome" Roman Architecture (HSAR 252) Professor Kleiner discusses the increasing size of Roman architecture in the second and third centuries A.D. as an example of a "bigger is better" philosophy. She begins with an overview of tomb architecture, a genre that, in Rome as in Ostia, embraced the...
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Lec 18 - Hometown Boy: Honoring an Emper ...

"Lec 18 - Hometown Boy: Honoring an Emperor's Roots in Roman North Africa" Roman Architecture (HSAR 252) Professor Kleiner discusses two Roman cities in North Africa: Timgad and Leptis Magna. Timgad was created as an entirely new colony for Roman army veterans by Trajan in A.D. 100, and designed all at once as an ideal castrum plan. Leptis Magna, conversely, grew more gradually from its...
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Lec 19 - Baroque Extravaganzas: Rock Tom ...

"Lec 19 - Baroque Extravaganzas: Rock Tombs, Fountains, and Sanctuaries in Jordan, Lebanon, and Libya" Roman Architecture (HSAR 252) Professor Kleiner features the baroque phenomenon in Roman architecture, in which the traditional vocabulary of architecture, consisting of columns and other conventional architectural elements, is manipulated to enliven building façades and inject them with...
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Lec 20 - Roman Wine in Greek Bottles: Th ...

"Lec 20 - Roman Wine in Greek Bottles: The Rebirth of Athens" Roman Architecture (HSAR 252) Professor Kleiner discusses the rebirth of Athens under the Romans especially during the reigns of the two philhellenic emperors, Augustus and Hadrian. While some have dismissed the architecture of Roman Athens as derivative of its Classical and Hellenistic Greek past, Professor Kleiner demonstrates...
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Lec 21- Making Mini Romes on the Western ...

"Lec 21- Making Mini Romes on the Western Frontier" Roman Architecture (HSAR 252) Professor Kleiner explores the architecture of the western provinces of the Roman Empire, focusing on sites in what are now North Italy, France, Spain, and Croatia. Her major objective is to characterize "Romanization," the way in which the Romans provide amenities to their new colonies while, at the same time,...

Roman Architecture with Diana E. E. Kleiner


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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.
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