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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Nov 23, 2017
 
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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ARCH 3820 - The Topography and Urban History of Rome in Antiquity and the Middle Ages


(CU-ITL)     
Fall or spring. 3 credits. Student option grading.

Counts as architectural history elective for B.Arch. students; art history elective for B.F.A. students; Literature and the Arts (LA) requirement for B.F.A. and B.S. in URS students. Offered in Rome, Italy.

J. Gadeyne.

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.



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