A small group of students signed up for Macalester’s January in Rome course taught by Professors Nanette Goldman, Brian Lush, Andy Overman, and Beth Severy-Hoven. The course includes visits and tours of surviving monuments and artifacts of the city of Rome from the earliest occupation of the Palatine around 1000 BCE to the first major Christian buildings in the 4th century CE.

Students learn architectural building techniques, systems of dating based on types of stone and brickwork, problems in identifying surviving buildings, the iconography of Roman political sculpture, and issues of Roman copying and reuse of original Greek art. Finally, visits to the excavated cities of Pompeii and Ostia make visible the lives and activities of those lost in the literary record, including women and slaves.

 

January 23 2018

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