HSAR 252 - Lecture 4 - Civic Life Interrupted: Nightmare and Destiny on August 24, A.D. 79

Lecture 4 - Civic Life Interrupted: Nightmare and Destiny on August 24, A.D. 79

Overview

Professor Kleiner explores the civic, commercial, and religious buildings of Pompeii, an overview made possible only because of an historical happenstance--the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79, which buried the city at the height of its development. While the lecture features the resort town's public architecture--its forum, basilica, temples, amphitheater, theater, and bath complexes--Professor Kleiner also describes such fixtures of daily life as a bakery and a fast food restaurant. The lecture culminates with a brief overview of tomb architecture in Pompeii and a moving account of what happened to the inhabitants of the city of Pompeii when disaster struck.

Resources


The lectures in HSAR 252 are illustrated with over 1,500 images, many from Professor Kleiner's personal collection, along with others from a variety of sources, especially Wikimedia Commons, Google Earth, and Yale University Press. Some plans and views have been redrawn for this project.

Assignment

Claridge, Amanda. Rome, pp. 53-58 (glossary of building types)

Ward-Perkins, John B. Roman Imperial Architecture, pp. 157-166

Course Media

Transcript

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Audio

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