Rome the Eternal City

October 1 – 5, 2018

Educational Travel
5 day-program in Rome, Italy



Admissions to all sites and museums


This course will explore the development of art and architecture in Rome from Antiquity to the Baroque period. The ancient Romans referred to their city as the “caput mundi”, or the “capitol of the world”. Stretching as far west as the Atlantic Ocean, as far south as the Sahara, north to modern-day Scotland, and east to the Euphrates River, the Roman Empire encompassed nearly half of the known world. The ancient monuments of Rome still stand as testimony to the former power of the city. We shall examine these monuments first hand and stand in the shadow of perhaps the most extraordinary program of monumental architecture in history.
With the collapse of the Roman Empire, Christianity became the new “spiritual empire”. Popes supplanted the emperors and began to compete with them as patrons. The Early-Christian period is one of the most fascinating in history. Rome is home to some of the world’s oldest churches, and we shall examine how these churches demonstrate the transition of a pagan culture into a Judeo- Christian one.
Renaissance popes would instead imitate the emperors of the past and appropriate much of their architectural and artistic style in order to create what Pope Julius II called the “New Ancient Rome”. No complex better embodies this tradition than the Vatican. The greatest artists of the day migrated to Rome to contribute their skills to honor St. Peter. The result is perhaps the greatest decorative complex on the planet, which includes works like the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. We shall spend considerable time looking at these various works and how they represented this “new ancient glory”. From the Colosseum to St. Peter’s Square, the monuments of Rome still stand as testimony to the greatness of this city.

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