Course Content (Syllabus)
The course gives an overview of roman buildings with the aim to comprehend their function und significance both in the public and private space. Teaching units based on the building types focuses on the evolution of the architectural form as well as on the geographical distribution in the imperium romanum. This course examines also basic elements of roman city planning and discusses building techniques and materials.
Week#1 Introduction- Roman Town Planning and building materials: definition of the architecture, significance of roman architecture, planning of roman towns – examples from all provinces of the Empire.
Week #2 Roman temples Ι: architecture of the roman temples in Rome, the temple of Etruscan-italian type, influences of Greek architecture, the roman temple of the imperial period in Rome, the significance of the roman temple.
Week #3 Roman temples ΙΙ: architecture of the roman temples in Italy and the provinces of the roman Empire.
Week #4 Buildings with political and administrative activity: Curia, Comitium, Basilicae in Rome - examples from other roman towns.
Week #5 Buildings for sports and spectacles: Circuses, theatres, odea, amphitheatres -examples from Rome and the provinces of the Empire.
Week#6 Roman Baths: the development of roman baths – examples from Rome and provinces of the Empire.
Week #7 Libraries - watering systems: buildings used as libraries, aqueducts, cisterns, nyphaea, reservoirs, conduits and latrinae.
Week#8 Roman houses: types of Roman houses – examples.
Week #9 Palaces: House of Augustus, House of Livia, Domus Transitoria, Domus Aurea, Flavian Palace on Palatine, emperor’s villas and palaces outside Rome.
Week #10 Honorary monuments: arches and columns – examples from Rome and the provinces of the Empire.
Week #11 Funerary monuments: architectural types, private and imperial funerary monuments.
Week #12 Everyday life buildings: shops, markets, galleries.
Week #13 Revision – Instructions for the exams.
Additional bibliography for study
- I. M. Barton, Roman Public Buildings (Exeter 1989)
- F. Sear, Roman Architecture (London 1982)
- P. Gros, L’ architecture romain 1: du debut du IIIe siecle av. J.C. a la fin du
Haut-Empire (Paris 1996).
- P. Gros, L’ architecrure romaine 2: Maisons, pallais, villas et
tombeaux (Paris 2001)
- P. Schollmeyer, Römische Tempel (Mainz 2008)
- Α. Νünnerich-Asmus, Basilika und Porticus (Köln 1994)
- Α. Ηönle – A. Henze, Römische Amphitheater und Stadien
- N. H. Ramage – A. Ramage, Ρωμαϊκή τέχνη (Θεσσαλονίκη 2000)