The Life and Legacy of the Roman Empire
(16 lectures, 45 minutes/lecture)
Taught by Ori Z. Soltes
The eight lectures show the development of Rome the Republic as it becomes Rome the Empire - the grand and glorious inheritor of Greek Hellenistic culture and the progenitor of Mediterranean culture throughout Europe, North Africa and the Near East. Roman genius in war, politics, law, literature, and art is discussed. Immersed in a new faith, the immortal empires became the springboard for Christianity's growth
Rome the Republic, became Rome the Empire, was the glorious and grand inheritor of Greek Hellenistic (and other) culture, developer and disseminator of Mediterranean civilization throughout Europe, North Africa and the Near East -Regions it had conquered and controlled. The res romana - the "Roman Thing" - was led by brilliant statesmen like Cato the Elder and the ineffable Julius Caesar; gave rise to bold military strategists; and nurtured poets and philosophers like Cicero and Virgil, Catullus and Ovid, who remolded Greek literature, with its emphatic engagement of the individual, into explorations of community.
Roman artists recast Greek and Etruscan sculpture and developed an entirely new direction for painting. Roman architects emulated Greek and Etruscan edifices, but refashioned them according to the innovations derived from Roman engineering genius. Roman politicians and rhetoricians enveloped word and moment in the garb of law. Rome offered religious diversity that brought paganism to new patterns of spirituality until, immersed in a new faith, the immortal empire became the springboard for Christianity's growth and the doorway into the Eternal Kingdom of medieval conception.
This multi-layered sweep of history and culture, of myth and self-reflection, of armies and artifacts, is explored through illustrated lectures and readings of original texts.
01 - The Legacy Of Hellenism.mp3
02 - The Dawn Of The Res Romana.mp3
03 - The Rise Of A Republic.mp3
04 - The Conquest Of Italy.mp3
05 - Roman And Carthage.mp3
06 - Swallowing The East.mp3
07 - History And Destiny.mp3
08 - From Republic To Empire.mp3
09 - Conquest And Crisis.mp3
10 - Reality And Roman Space.mp3
11 - The Inner Spaces Of Empire And Satire.mp3
12 - Identity And Succession.mp3
13 - Gold To Silver.mp3
14 - Roman Woman And Innovation.mp3
15 - Spirit And Survival.mp3
16 - The Legacy Of Rome.mp3
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