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This course will consider the history and topography of Ancient Rome by investigating monuments on Pirro Ligorio's Anteiquae Urbis Imago map of 1561

Emory's Views of Rome

Possible Monuments

Castro Pretorio
Colosseum (Amphitheatrum Flavium)
Domus Aurea (unlabeled)
Mausoleum of Hadrian
Circus Maximus
Pons Aelius
Thermae Alexandrinae
Baths of Diocletian
Baths of Caracalla
Baths of Constantine
Temple of Salus
Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus Capitolinus
Forum of Trajan
(Column of Trajan)
Forum of Augustus
Arch of Constantine
Arch of Septimius Severus
Porta Maggiore (Castrum Aquae Claudiae)
Amphitheatrum Castreneis
Arcus Novus
Arco di Portogallo
Thermae Agrippae
Forum Sallusti
Circus Agonalis
Theatrum Marcelli
Thermae Traiani
Thermae Titi
Circus Gai et Neronis
Insula Tiberina
Mons Testaceum
Horti Caesaris
Porta Salaria
Porta Nomentana
Minerva Medica
Pyramid of Gaius Cestius

Course Summary

August 29, 2012- December 11, 2012
In 1561, the Renaissance artist, antiquarian and archaeologist, Pirro Ligorio, published his reconstruction of ancient Rome, the Anteiquae Urbis Imago.  Ligorio, one of the leading figures in 16th century Roman humanism, based his reconstruction on a close scrutiny of surviving monuments, like the Colosseum or the Pantheon, but also on evidence from ancient coins, texts and inscriptions.   In addition, Ligorio  had access to much archaeological material that is now lost. Emory owns a very rare edition of Ligorio’s map, now housed in the Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library at Woodruff.   This course will consider the history and topography of the ancient city and investigate individual monuments featured on the map and compare Ligorio’s reconstructions and the evidence he was using with current scholarly assessments.  Students will be able to use Emory’s map and be actively involved in creating content for a new digital tool being developed for the map.

Particulars: Individual reports and presentations on specific monuments; data preparation for the digital tool, final assessment.

Required Textbooks, Articles, and Resource

Claridge, Amanda. 2010. Rome. Oxford Archaeological Guide.

Recommended Textbooks, Articles, and Resources

Karmon, D. 2011. The Ruin of the Eternal City: Antiquity and Preservation in Renaissance Rome .

Subject Guide

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