Introduction to Roman Architecture


Channel: YaleCourses
Duration: 42:31
Description: Roman Architecture (HSAR 252) Professor Kleiner introduces the wide variety of Roman buildings covered in the course and links them with the theme of Roman urbanism. The lecture ranges from early Roman stone construction to such masterpieces of Roman concrete architecture as the Colosseum and Pantheon. Traveling from Rome and Pompeii across the vast Roman Empire, Professor Kleiner stops in such locales as North Africa and Jordan to explore the plans of cities and their individual edifices: temples, basilicas, theaters, amphitheaters, bath complexes, and tombs. The lecture culminates with reference to the impact of Roman architecture on post-antique architectural design and building practice.

00:00 – Chapter 1. Introduction: Roman Urbanism
09:47 – Chapter 2. The Urban Grid and Public Architecture
24:41 – Chapter 3. Bathing, Entertainment, and Housing in the Roman City
37:06 – Chapter 4. Roman Tombs, Aqueducts, and the Lasting Impact of Roman Architecture

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website:
Published: September 14, 2009 6:25 pm

The Rise of Rome


Channel: AllHistories
Duration: 9:55
Description: What was the secret to the success of ancient Rome? Aqueducts, underground neighborhoods and one of the oldest sewer systems reveal many secrets. The largest and most influential empire in history leaves clues to her greatness under nearly every street. Search subterranean locales for proof that ancient Roman design inspired many modern engineering marvels.
Published: September 16, 2009 7:15 am

Rome – Secrets in Plain Sight


Channel: Secrets in Plain Sight
Duration: 7:48
Description: Secrets In Plain Sight is an awe inspiring exploration of great art, architecture, and urban design which skillfully unveils an unlikely intersection of geometry, politics, numerical philosophy, religious mysticism, new physics, music, astronomy, and world history.
Exploring key monuments and their positions in Egypt, Stonehenge, Jerusalem, Rome, Paris, London, Edinburgh, Washington DC, New York, and San Francisco brings to light a secret obsession shared by pharaohs, philosophers and kings; templars and freemasons; great artists and architects; popes and presidents, spanning the whole of recorded history up to the present time.
As the series of videos reveals how profound ancient knowledge inherited from Egypt has been encoded in units of measurement, in famous works of art, in the design of major buildings, in the layout of city streets and public spaces, and in the precise placement of obelisks and other important monuments upon the Earth, the viewer is led to perceive an elegant harmonic system linking the human body with the architectural, urban, planetary, solar, and galactic scales.
Published: October 28, 2010 12:55 am

Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheater)


Channel: Smarthistory. art, history, conversation.
Duration: 8:34
Description: Colosseum (Amphitheatrum Flavium), c. 70-80 C.E., Rome Speakers: Valentina Follo (courtesy of Context Travel), Dr. Beth Harris, Dr. Steven Zucker Cover photo by Julia Avra Ugoretz. Views of the Colosseum were taken from the Rome Reborn model of ancient Rome with the permission of The Rome Reborn Project ( The model is copyright 2004 by The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. This video illustrates the latest version of the model (2.1), which was created from January to May, 2010. Created by Beth Harris and Steven Zucker.
Published: March 18, 2012 10:58 am

Ancient Greek / Roman Music – Organographia III


Channel: Aemilius Paulus
Duration: 3:51
Description: Despite the fact this music is a reproduction of Greek creations, the Ancient Romans were notable for deriving nearly all of their music (especially in upper-class settings) from the Greeks. Therefore, this music was just as common in the Roman Republic/Empire as it was in Greece. In fact, at least two of the Musica Romana pieces are nearly identical to the songs produced by this group.
Published: January 21, 2010 6:46 pm