Roman & Byzantine Ravenna

Ref: C3531837

Ravenna is a small city on the southern edge of the River Po delta in North East Italy. It was the last capital of the Roman Empire as well as well the capital of the Byzantine Empire in the West from 402 to 751 AD. The city contains 4 major decorated churches and 4 other important monuments. It is noted for the surviving mosaic decoration on monuments from the Late Roman, Ostrogothic and Byzantine periods, a collection unique in Western Europe. The lecture will briefly introduce students to the magnificent buildings and their amazing polychrome decoration as well as their history. We are delivering this Christmas Lecture using Zoom. We will email, a few days before, the link to join the lecture with details of how to access Zoom if you should need it.

Course aim

This 90 minute illustrated lecture will introduce students to the magnificent UNESCO listed mosaic decorated buildings of Ravenna - the final capital of the Roman Empire, situated on the Adriatic coast of North Eastern Italy.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: and
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit:
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This lecture is presented as part of a Christmas series.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Outline the chronology of Ravenna and its collection of buildings.
  • Describe the origin and purpose of the mosaic decoration.
  • Show how the city rose and declined describing the agencies responsible.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • The tutor will be happy to answer questions throughout the presentation but asks students to be mindful of the time restraints such a short presentation imposes.

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit:
  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

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Roman & Byzantine Ravenna


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