ARCH 3820

ARCH 3820

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2019-2020.

Rome is a prisoner of its past. The entire city confronts the student with almost 30 centuries of urban and architectural history. This course intends to reconstruct the urban history of Rome from its origins through the Middle Ages (10th century bc-12th century ad). The purpose of this course will be to discover the layers of Rome, combining archaeology with literature, architecture, and urban history with art history. The goal is a thorough and direct knowledge of the Roman and Medieval urban landscape and the way this landscape has sometimes survived until today. Special attention will be given to Roman and Medieval building typology, both private and public, and the development of the urban infrastructure (street system, water supply, fortifications, etc.). Strong emphasis will be placed upon continuity, use/reuse, and transformation of buildings and spaces, etc. Every week one or two different "regions" will be explored that are typical for a particular moment of the urban history. Visits to sites outside Rome also will be used to address the issue of urban history in Italy in antiquity and the Middle Ages.

When Offered Fall or Spring.

Course Attribute (CU-ITL)
Satisfies Requirement Counts as architectural history elective for BArch students; art history elective for BFA students; Literature and the Arts (LA) requirement for BFA and BS in URS students.

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Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  •  4685ARCH 3820  SEM 120

  • Taught in Rome. Enrollment limited to Cornell in Rome program. Elective courses will be available during add/drop in January.