HSAR 252: Roman Architecture

HSAR 252: Roman Architecture (Spring 2009, Open Yale Courses). Instructor: Professor Diana E. E. Kleiner. 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. The lectures are illustrated with over 1,500 images, many from Professor Kleiner's personal collection. (from


Lecture 01 - Introduction to Roman Architecture
Lecture 02 - It Takes a City: The Founding of Rome and the Beginnings of Urbanism in Italy
Lecture 03 - Technology and Revolution in Roman Architecture
Lecture 04 - Civic Life Interrupted: Nightmare and Destiny on August 24, A.D. 79
Lecture 05 - Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous: Houses and Villas at Pompeii
Lecture 06 - Habitats at Herculaneum and Early Roman Interior Decoration
Lecture 07 - Gilding the Lily: Painting Palaces and Villas in the First Century A.D.
Lecture 08 - Exploring Special Subjects on Pompeian Walls
Lecture 09 - From Brick to Marble: Augustus Assembles Rome
Lecture 10 - Accessing Afterlife: Tombs of Roman Aristocrats, Freedmen, and Slaves
Lecture 11 - Notorious Nero and His Amazing Architectural Legacy
Lecture 12 - The Creation of an Icon: The Colosseum and Contemporary Architecture in Rome
Lecture 13 - The Prince and the Palace: Human Made Divine on the Palatine Hill
Lecture 14 - The Mother of All Forums: Civic Architecture in Rome under Trajan
Lecture 15 - Rome and a Villa: Hadrian's Pantheon and Tivoli Retreat
Lecture 16 - The Roman Way of Life and Death at Ostia, the Port of Rome
Lecture 17 - Bigger Is Better: The Baths of Caracalla and Other Second- and Third-Century Buildings in Rome
Lecture 18 - Hometown Boy: Honoring an Emperor's Roots in Roman North Africa
Lecture 19 - Baroque Extravaganzas: Rock Tombs, Fountains, and Sanctuaries in Jordan, Lebanon, and Libya
Lecture 20 - Roman Wine in Greek Bottles: The Rebirth of Athens
Lecture 21 - Making Mini Romes on the Western Frontier
Lecture 22 - Rome Redux: The Tetrarchic Renaissance
Lecture 23 - Rome of Constantine and a New Rome
Paper Topics: Discovering the Roman Provinces and Designing a Roman City

HSAR 252: Roman Architecture
Professor Diana E. E. Kleiner. Class Sessions. Downloads. Syllabus. This consists of 24 video lectures by Professor Diana E. E. Kleiner. This course is an introduction to the great buildings and engineering marvels of Rome and its empire.