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The objective of this course is to provide an overview of the culture of ancient Rome beginning about 1000 BCE and ending with the so-called "Fall of Rome". We will look at some of the key people who played a role in Rome, from the time of the kings through the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire. We will also focus on the city of Rome itself, as well as Rome's expansion through Italy, the Mediterranean, and beyond.

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Cursos 100 % en línea

Comienza de inmediato y aprende a tu propio ritmo.

Approx. 27 hours to complete

Sugerido: 5 hours/week
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Subtítulos: English, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course


1 hour to complete

Introduction to 'Roman Art and Archaeology'

Here you can find all of the introductory information, course syllabus, and helpful resources....
2 videos (Total 4 min), 7 readings
Video2 videos
Dr. Soren in Italy1m
Reading7 readings
About the course10m
About us10m
Grading policy10m
The textbook10m
Online resources10m
Archaeological excavation opportunities10m


5 hours to complete

The Early Romans and Their Ancestors (ca. 1000 - 500 BCE)

In the Early Iron Age (ca. 1000 BCE), civilization in Italy was rather simple. The most sophisticated cultures in the peninsula were not the Romans at all, but rather groups to the north of Rome who have come to be called The Villanovans, who exploited the metal resources of northern Italy even before the officially noted founding of Rome. Later the Etruscans would appear (ca. 800 BCE), Rome's first great rivals. The Etruscans were a loose confederation of city-states north of Rome who even expanded into Rome and further south, as far as Pompeii. The Etruscans are particularly noted for their magnificent art, in particular the glorious painted tombs of Tarquinia....
29 videos (Total 100 min), 4 quizzes
Video29 videos
2. Rome before Rome1m
3. The Sepulcretum1m
4. The People of Ancient Italy5m
5. Guest Lecture: Dr. Emma Blake on Bronze Age Italians14m
6. Early Iron Age Chronology0m
1. The Orientalizing Period2m
2. The Etruscans1m
3. Etruscan Origins I1m
4. Etruscan Origins II0m
5. Etruscan Origins III0m
6. Etruscan Society5m
7. Etruscan Artisans4m
8. Tumuli at Cerveteri1m
9. Tombs at Tarquinia3m
10. Life and Death4m
1. Greek Art in Etruria1m
2. The Francois Vase4m
3. Greek Myth in Etruria I1m
4. Greek Myth in Etruria II4m
5. Etruscan Belief2m
6. Tomb of the Infernal Chariot4m
7. The Necropolis at Orvieto I0m
8. The Necropolis at Orvieto II4m
9. Guest Lecture: Dr. Alba Frascarelli on Velzna8m
10. Populonia I0m
11. Populonia II4m
12. The Etruscans in Rome0m
13. The Early Roman Forum1m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Quiz One: The Early Romans and Their Ancestors16m
Quiz Two: The Etruscans, Part I20m
Quiz Three: The Etruscans, Part II20m


5 hours to complete

The Roman Republic's Rise and Fall (509 - 31 BCE)

Having thrown off the Etruscans in 509 BCE., Rome emerged as independent Latin community that quickly became known for its disciplined army and militaristic intentions. As the Romans expanded throughout the Mediterranean, it came into contact with various cultures, all who had an influence on the young power, especially Greek culture, art, and architecture. By the end of this period Rome may have grown to a million people. The first century BCE. was a time of amazing development in many fields of artistic endeavor, but it was also a time of civil unrest as soldiers became more loyal to their commanders than to the state. Leaders such as Sulla, Marius, Julius Caesar, Mark Antony and others took advantage of this turmoil, which culminated with the powerful influence of the decadent Egyptian charmer Cleopatra and the emergence of Octavian. ...
23 videos (Total 124 min), 4 quizzes
Video23 videos
2. Forum Romanum I4m
3. Forum Romanum II4m
4. Forum Romanum III2m
5. Ancient Architectural Orders4m
6. The Doric Order3m
7. The Ionic and Tuscan Orders6m
8. The Capitoline Hill3m
9. The Beginning of Rome's Expansion0m
1. Early Roman Expansion11m
2. Underwater Archaeology4m
3. Republican Art11m
4. Carthage1m
5. "Carthage: A Mosaic of Ancient Tunisia"27m
1. Rome's Revolutionary Century8m
2. The Temple of Fortuna at Praeneste4m
3. The Roman Domus and Theatre6m
4. The Theater of Pompey Today0m
5. Roman Portraiture2m
6. Greek Art in Rome2m
7. Roman Lamps I0m
8. Roman Lamps II1m
9. Roman Glass3m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Quiz Four: The Early Republic16m
Quiz Five: The Middle Republic14m
Quiz Six: The Civil Wars18m


6 hours to complete

Augustus and the Early Roman Empire (31 BCE - 1st century CE)

Augustus - formerly known as Octavian - set the tone for the next major phase of Rome: the Roman empire. His family-related successors, the Julio-Claudians, would continue his rule. Yet none of his successors had the charisma or vision of Augustus himself, and some such as Caligula and Nero have become synonymous with profligacy and decadence of an extreme nature. By the year 69 CE. Rome was in chaos. But the emperor Vespasian restored order and dignity - not to mention humility - to the office, and instituted his own dynasty, the Flavians. Unfortunately, Vespasian's second son, Domitian, brought his Flavian dynasty to an end through dreadful administration. Domitian was murdered in 96 CE....
19 videos (Total 152 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
Video19 videos
2. "Forgotten Lives: The Ancient City of Troy"18m
3. Guest Lecture: Dr. David Gilman Romano's Digital Map of Augustan Rome10m
4. Guest Lecture: Dr. Marylin Skinner on Roman Gender and Sexuality13m
5. The Legacy of Augustus0m
1. Art After Augustus: Tiberius and the Julio-Claudians9m
2. Roman Pottery5m
3. The Julio-Claudians after Tiberius: Caligula, Claudius, and Nero6m
4. Guest Lecture: Dr. Phillip Waddell on Roman Historiography and Nero16m
5. Nero's Domus Aurea11m
1. The Flavian Emperors: Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian10m
2. The Arch of Titus6m
3. The Eruption of Vesuvius (79 CE)3m
4. Pompeii4m
5. The Pompeian House2m
6. Pompeii in 3D4m
7. The Alexander Mosaic I2m
8. The Alexander Mosaic II5m
9. The End of the Flavians0m
Reading2 readings
Peter Ustinov sings as Nero10m
Dr. Soren's Work at Kourion (Coming Soon!)10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Quiz Seven: The Age of Augustus12m
Quiz Eight: The Julio-Claudian Emperors16m
Quiz Nine: The Flavian Emperors14m


4 hours to complete

Rome at its Zenith (2nd century CE)

Rome is said to have reached its zenith in security and expansion during the period of the "Five Good Emperors" (96 to 180 CE.). The time of Trajan (98 to 117 CE.) was a particular epoch of conquest and building, highlighted by the construction of Trajan's Markets and enormous Forum, the ruins of which still dominate the center of Rome. Trajan's successor, Hadrian, was a horse of a different color. He was himself an architect obsessed with circles, squares, spheres, and cubes. And his fondness for Greek art bordered on manic....
12 videos (Total 58 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
Video12 videos
2. The Imperial Roman Forum1m
3. Trajan's Forum5m
4. Hadrian5m
5. The Pantheon2m
6. Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli3m
1. Antoninus Pius3m
2. The Roman Sarcaphogus4m
3. The Roman Domus in the 2nd Century CE8m
4. Marcus Aurelius and the Beginnings of Crisis I4m
5. Marcus Aurelius and the Beginnings of Crisis II5m
6. The Severans7m
Reading2 readings
Hollywood's "Gladiator"10m
Richard Harris plays Marcus Aurelius10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Quiz Ten: Nerva, Trajan, and Hadrian20m
Quiz Eleven: The Antonine and Severan Emperors18m


5 hours to complete

Crisis and Conclusion (3rd to 7th centuries CE)

What does it mean to talk about the fall of Rome? The far-flung empire collapsed in varying degrees in different places at different times. In the fourth century enormous earthquakes caused such devastation that in the Roman east the whole fabric of ancient religious belief was called into question. In central Italy along the Tiber River an epidemic of malaria, a virulent new-mutated strain from North Africa, left many dead. The legacy of Rome, however, continued into the Carolingian and Byzantine empires. And yet the city of Rome underwent a major revival in the later Middle Ages, continuing through the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Romantic Periods, playing a major role in the foundation of our own country....
23 videos (Total 140 min), 3 quizzes
Video23 videos
2. The Baths of Caracalla10m
3. The "Soldier Emperors"4m
4. Ostia, The Port of Rome3m
5. Diocletian7m
6. Roman Sculpture in the 3rd century CE5m
1. Constantine and the Rise of Christianity I7m
2. Constantine and the Rise of Christianity II1m
3. The Arch of Constantine4m
4. Kourion and Seismic Archaeology I1m
5. Kourion and Seismic Archaeology II2m
6. Lugnano and the Fall of Rome I1m
7. Lugnano and the Fall of Rome II3m
8. The Silver Amphora of Baratti I4m
9. The Silver Amphora of Baratti II1m
10. 5th and 6th Century Disruptions1m
11. Climate Change and the Fall of Rome2m
12. Guest Lecture: Dr. Charlotte Pearson on Dendrochronology13m
13. Guest Lecture: Cynthia Hart on Digitally Reconstructing Antiquity5m
14. A Patchwork of Settlements1m
15. The Column of Phocas: The Last Roman Monument2m
1. From Dr. Soren and Lana, "Farewell!"0m
2. "Malaria and the Fall of Rome"49m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Quiz Twelve: The Beginning of the End20m
Quiz Thirteen: Rome in Late Antiqutity20m


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Top Reviews

By PCJun 26th 2017

This course is amazinig. Takes yu form the settlement of the Etuscans in Rome, until the fall of the Roman Empire.\n\nCongrats Doctor Soren for your discovery and great contribution to archeology

By VJJul 6th 2016

To me, it is the best structured course so far. Quiz after every lesson and written assignment after every week. Also, prof. Soren is reproducing it steadily and in comprehending fashion.



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