Building an Empire: Roman Architecture as Cultural Heritage

This is a course about the Roman Empire’s buildings; the art that once adorned them; and how these ensembles have been preserved over time. Key themes include the ancient experience of architecture, Mediterranean traditions of design, and the place of this complex heritage in modern politics and cityscapes. Case studies will focus not just on Rome, but also on cities across Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, all lands that were once within the empire’s borders. Students will leave the course knowing how to use the Roman Empire’s roads, temples, and amphitheaters and understanding why preserving them matters.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 25

Prerequisites: None. Prior college-level coursework in Art History, Architecture, or Classical Civilization recommended.

Instructor: Cassibry

Distribution Requirements: ARS - Visual Arts, Music, Theater, Film and Video

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered

Notes: ARTH 242 focuses on domestic architecture, ARTH 243 focuses on public architecture.