Roman Architecture

Roman Architecture is a course for people who love to travel and want to discover the power of architecture to shape politics, society, and culture.

About The Course

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. 

  • Facebook.
  • Twitter. Please note the underscore at the end of the username: RomanArch_
  • Instagram. Username: Roman_Architecture


Frequently Asked Questions

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. 

Recommended Background

There is no required background and everyone is welcome to take this course.