HISTART 489 - Special Topics in Art and Culture
Section: 002 Roman Imperial Architecture
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
May be elected three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course provides an in-depth survey of one of the hallmarks of Roman culture — its extraordinary architectural tradition, represented by monuments ranging from intact buildings such as the Pantheon in Rome, to engineering marvels such as the Roman aqueducts of southern France, and to model towns such as the marble cities of North Africa. The course will examine the architecture of the Roman empire from the reign of the first Roman emperor Augustus in the last decades BCE and first decades CE to the reign of the early Byzantine ruler Justinian 500 years later. Special attention will be paid to the urban development of Rome as an imperial capital, and to the evidence of provincial towns such as Ephesus in Turkey for the influence of Roman architecture on the indigenous traditions of the nations conquered by the Romans. The course will conclude with a consideration of the adaptation of Roman architecture to Christianity, exemplified by the great Justinianic churches of Constantinople in Turkey and Ravenna in Italy. The illustrated lectures and readings will present the major monuments and building types, as well as related subjects such as city-planning and urbanism, and Roman engineering and construction methods.

Course Requirements:

3 quizzes, short (1000-word), 1 long (3000-word) paper, midterm, final

Intended Audience:

Mainly intended for juniors and seniors with some exposure either to art history or to classical studies, and to 1st and 2nd year graduate students.

Class Format:

2 meetings per week, 1 extra meeting for graduate students

HISTART 489 - Special Topics in Art and Culture
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (SEM)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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