Today, Professor Winn’s class took place at the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. She guided us on a tour of Palatine Hill while explaining the origin and influences of Ancient Roman housing structures. While learning about the historical significance of the Patrician housing structure we also learned about the influence of politics in Ancient Roman housing. She explained that due to fear of tyranny, most politicians lived in houses that were open and easily viewed by the public. Professor Winn lead us through Palatine Hill and concluded her lecture at the Roman Forum by giving us a brief history on the significance of triumphal arches in the Roman Empire. We discussed the symbolism behind the details in the arches and how they tied into Roman identity and ideology. Each arch we observed had very distinct features, portraying the the different personalities of the ruling emperor at the time and their perspective on Roman identity. Although I was just tagging along with Professor Winn’s class, today’s lecture was definitely more engaging than sitting through another powerpoint on the Roman Empire. Being able to see the place first-hand gave me the opportunity to admire the beauty of Roman Art and Architecture while actively learning about the subject.
#JacksonvilleUniversity #RomeSAE #CISabroad #SummerinRome #GrandTour #StudyAbroad #PalatineHill #RomanForum