From Rome to the Romanesque

Ref: C3743387

The Romans gave Europe the first pan European style of architecture and the glories of their engineering skills can be still be seen in buildings from the great shrine and bath complex in Bath to the Colosseum or the Pont du Gard. Although that Empire fell the dream of Rome's greatness lived on and by the 7C the invading tribes were creating their own vision of 'great buildings' culminating in the Carolingian Renaissance of the 8C-9C. Another century on, a new pan European style was beginning to emerge which would result in the glorious abbeys and castles of the Romanesque. This exciting story follows the European journey from the pax Romana to the twelfth century Renaissance.

Course aim

This innovative course explores Europe's exciting architectural journey from the grandeurs of Rome to the glories of the Romanesque.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • appreciate the wonders of Roman engineering and building skills across the Empire, including Britannia, through a study of individual buildings.
  • recognize the impact of the coming of Christianity on late classical architecture.
  • evaluate the motives of the invading tribes in buildings from N.Italy, Spain, and Britain.
  • analyze the development of architecture from Charlemagne to the flowering of the Romanesque.

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?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A detailed weekly handout is provided but learners often choose to bring their own notebook to take extra details.

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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From Rome to the Romanesque


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