Roman Architecture: A Free Online Course from Yale University

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Taught by Yale professor Diana E. E. Kleiner, this course offers “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.”

The course description continues: “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. The lectures are illustrated with over 1,500 images, many from Professor Kleiner’s personal collection.”

You can watch the 24 lectures from the course above, or find them on YouTube and iTunes. To get more information on the course, including the syllabus, please visit Yale’s website.

Texts used in this course include:

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  • The course description continues: “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. The lectures are illustrated with over 1,500 images, many from Professor Kleiner’s personal collection.”

  • Mike Roads says:

    This course is magnificently done. The videos are from actual Yale courses, and are very informative but also very interesting to a more casual viewer. We watched them when we spent five weeks in Rome, and having Prof. Kleiner’s explanations made many of the sites of Rome come alive. You will not be disappointed in this grand series. You can select the classes you are interested in without watching every one.

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