The History of Western Architecture: From Ancient Greece to Rococo (A Free Online Course)

If you have plans to visit the Old World any time soon, you should spend a few good minutes — make that hours — with The History of Architecture, a free course that recently debuted on iTunes. Taught by Jacqueline Gargus at Ohio State, the course features 39 video lectures that collectively offer a classic survey of Western architecture. We begin in Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, laying the conceptual foundations for what’s to come. Then we dive headlong into Islamic, Byzantine and Medieval architecture, before spending a good deal of time with Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo styles. Of course, we encounter many great landmarks along the way: the pyramids of Egypt, the temples of Ancient Greece, the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, Chartres in France, Brunelleschi’s Duomo of Florence, and the list goes on.

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The course only appears on iTunes right now. But don’t worry. Even if you don’t have an iPod/iPhone/iPad, you can download iTunes for free and watch the lectures on your computer at no cost.

The History of Architecture has been added to our collection, 1200 Free Online Courses from Top Universities. And if/when Prof. Gargus posts a sequel that gets us into modern times, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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  • Frank Forma says:

    These buildings is what represent the nature of the city. Amazing Architecture!!

  • hello, what are the challenges and the characteristics of a future architecture?

  • Juan Luis says:

    jacqueline gargus isufeff architecture

  • Lisa says:

    I’m liking this lecture series. However, she does say, “you wont find mummies in Ireland because it’s too wet.” Ummm you can find mummies in Ireland. What they call accidental mummification. They are referred to as The Bog Bodies. But i guess this is an architectural series and not archeology.

  • Lynn Eiseman says:

    I just started this course. When I went to get the Architectural Vocabulary, I got a message that iTunes can’t find it- it has been moved from its location. Can anyone help me with this? This seems like a key part of the course and it will take me a lot of effort to make my own.

  • Dora says:

    I think she was referring to mummies as the kind you find in Egypt. Bog bodies are kind of different.

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