Rome--the Eternal City, the conceptual capital of the western Empire, and the physical capital of Christendom--has captured the imagination of pilgrims, artists, and dictators alike. While the poles that define the city for many today are those of Ancient Rome's Coliseum and Renaissance Rome's St. Peter's, it was Medieval Rome that determined the very shape of the city. Indeed, its organizational structures are due to the monuments and systems created in the 1000-year period between 314 and 1300. This course will examine the monuments of the city produced during the medieval period, considering the manner in which they employed the past as they looked to the future. It will focus on the many factors that shape the urban process. While the immediate goal will be to present Medieval Rome, the larger goal will be to provide the conceptual framework with which one can consider issues of creation of urban space.
Estimated cost of materials, less than $50.