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  1. Foundation.  From the inauspicious beginnings of a band of outlaws perched on a squat hill overlooking the marshes and swamps along the Tiber River, Etruscan warlords drained the swamps, organized the local tribesmen, and built the first colossal structures of the town that was to become the imperial city of Rome.
  2. The Republic.  The Kings of the city were overthrown, a democratic Republic established, and, after the near total destruction of the city by the Gauls in 390 BC, the city began to grow by leaps and bounds.  Rome’s forum became so congested with buildings, statues, and memorials that Julius Caesar found it necessary to launch a new clearance and rebuilding campaign.
  3. The Empire.  It was said of Augustus that he found Rome a city of brick and left it a city of marble.  The emperors who followed Augustus adorned Rome with even larger and more opulent buildings, making it truly worthy of being the capital of an empire that spanned three continents.
  4. Rome in the Last Days of the Empire.  As the Empire began to unravel, the city itself began to disintegrate from imperial neglect and disinterest; Constantinople now reigned supreme.  But the new Christian faith saw to it that new colossal structures were built and old ones put to new use.
  5. Medieval Rome.  From the sixth to the sixteenth century Rome suffered the outrages of barbarian and imperial invasions; the city became a shadow of its former self.  The absence of the Papacy in Avignon contributed to its decline.  But churches were still being constructed and old ones adorned with new mosaics and frescoes.
  6. From the Renaissance to the Risorgimento.  The Popes, returning from Avignon, brought the Renaissance to Rome.  Printers, prelates, artists, and architects followed in their wake.  Bramante, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Bernini turned the Eternal City into the premier gallery of art and architecture.  The Risorgimento renewed Rome as capital of Italy.

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6 lectures on DVD




LECTURES by Dr. William J. Neidinger

“If Rome falls, what is left?”  So fretted St. Jerome far off in Bethlehem when he heard of the Visigothic sack of Rome in 410 AD.  Yet, three centuries later the Venerable Bede of Jarrow spoke of Rome as still standing proud.  And over the next twelve centuries the city would be repeatedly invaded, pillaged, sacked, and rebuilt.  If any city deserves the epithet “eternal,” it is Rome.  It is a living museum of western history and a repository of sculpture and painting from the entire world.

Rome is a six-lecture course on the history of the city of Rome, taught through its ruins, monuments, memorials, and works of art. Each lecture is richly illustrated with over 200 photos and diagrams; materials included with the course consist of lecture notes and an extensive syllabus of site plans, maps, and ground plans.



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