This is the start of a page for the students who will be going to Rome
with me from January through April of 2003 and for their families and friends
- we'll update this material together from Rome. If you have suggestions,
La Scuola Leonardo da Vinci
- where you will be taking Italian language, catching busses for excursions,
checking your email, etc., etc.
Rome of the Emperors, Gladiators, and Martyrs: Sex, Death and
This course will use the fabric of the city of Rome as a textbook
to trace the shift from the culture of the Roman Empire’s greatest city to
the capital of Western Christendom. We will read contemporary biographies
and histories to understand the emperors as we visit the splendid remains
better seen in Rome and its environs than anywhere else in the world.
We will read secondary material on the gladiatorial contests and games to
understand the nature of public spectacle in this strange world. We
will see the slow emergence into the open air of the early Christian church
as its martyrs compel the notice of the emperors, finally conquering the City
that had conquered the world.
Readings will be chosen from:
Lives of the 12 Caesars
Virgil, the Aeneid
selected lives of the saints
Cruelty and Civilization
- gladiatorial combat may have been even stranger than you think!
Life, Death, and Entertainment in the Roman Empire
Roman Art and Architecture
Rome: An Archaeological Guide
Early Christian Architecture
- a great book about the beauties and wonders of the City.
The Geometry of Love: Space, Time, Mystery, and Meaning in an Ordinary Church
- of all these, the book I most wish I had written.
A page of
maps of ancient Rome
. Gary Brueggman has created some layered and clickable maps - for
instance, check out the sequence on the
Walls and Hills
. He has helped you see how the walls follow the natural topographical
detail - and provided clickable references to the names of the gates (which
is very handy!).
Great Buildings Online -
. This is an interesting resource with photographs, 3-d models,
and some CAD drawings, and is searchable by building type (among other search
- with portraits!
This e-book has the text in Latin (the original), English, French,
and Italian. Very clever. Not that Vitruvius is a great place
to start with classical architecture, as we'll explore on site....
Rome in the 14th Century – Popes, Pilgrims, Poets, and Politicians
This course will offer students the chance to understand
medieval foundations of modern Italy by concentrating on the time of Dante
and Petrarch. We will examine the lives of pilgrims and politicians
in the environment of Rome and central Italy.
Readings will be chosen from:
Rome 1300: On the Path of the Pilgrim
. (on big sale at Amazon now - 9/5/02!)
The Divine Comedy
- I don't know if there's such a thing as a "good" translation, but this
The Revolution of Cola di Rienzo
- Rome at a really tense time
Rome Before Avignon
- interesting book in conjunction with Kessler - strong on everyday life.
Francis of Assisi,
The Name of the Rose
- I read a lot of fiction to understand the past - good researchers do
a good job.