Architecture in Roman Society (CLA3119)

30 credits

From monumental temples and sports arenas to luxurious villas and bath complexes, this module will examine the development of architecture through the Republican and Imperial periods. In addition to considering practical aspects of construction, it explores the wider significance of architecture in Roman society, the political machinations that surrounded certain projects, and the ideologies that shaped designs. Using a combination of archaeological, literary, and iconographic (numismatic and artistic) evidence, it will investigate not only the ways in which structures were physically built, but also how they were written about and visually depicted. So, too, this module considers the later reception of Classical architecture and its relevance for understanding modern built environments.