UA MOOC: Roman Art and Archaeology

Notes for Roman Art and Archaeology by professor David Soren on Coursera / University of Arizona.

Duration: 6 weeks

  1. Introduction to ‘Roman Art and Archaeology’
  2. The Early Romans and Their Ancestors (ca. 1000 – 500 BCE)
  3. The Roman Republic’s Rise and Fall (509 – 31 BCE)
  4. Augustus and the Early Roman Empire (31 BCE – 1st century CE)
  5. Rome at its Zenith (2nd century CE)
  6. Crisis and Conclusion (3rd to 7th centuries CE)


Rome in Hollywood


About Isodoro Falchi in (German-speaking) Indiana Jones-style

Area archeologica di Vetulonia

Herodotus I, 94 This is their story: In the reign of Atys son of Manes there was great scarcity of food in all Lydia. (…) But the famine did not cease to trouble them, and instead afflicted them even more. At last their king divided the people into two groups, and made them draw lots, so that the one group should remain and the other leave the country (…)  his son, whose name was Tyrrhenus, of those who departed. Then the one group, having drawn the lot, left the country and came down to Smyrna and built ships, in which they loaded all their goods that could be transported aboard ship, and sailed away to seek a livelihood and a country; until at last, after sojourning with one people after another, they came to the Ombrici,1 where they founded cities and have lived ever since.  They no longer called themselves Lydians, but Tyrrhenians, after the name of the king’s son who had led them there. 

Die Etrusker – Wegbereiter des antiken Rom


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