This introductory course examines critical moments in the history of architecture along the Mediterranean rim. The class is an investigation of the relationships of architectures, peoples, and places in history. Themes will include architecture and power, identity, religion, empire, the transmission of ideas, building cultures, and the challenges of preservation and interpretation.
Field WorkCountry: Turkey
Day: 4 - Kusadasi - Thursday, 11 July
This field lab visits the site of ancient Ephesus, one of the three largest cities in the Roman Empire. We will examine the site’s Greek, Roman, and Byzantine layers in order to understand the way in which the city changed over time as it responded to its position as a political, economic, and religious center of the Roman (and later Byzantine) Empire. The lab will also focus on the terrace houses as unique domestic spaces. The second portion of the lab will be spent at the nearby Ephesus Museum examining architectural sculpture. Academic Objectives: 1. Examine a multi-layered urban environment 2. Understand how architecture relates to politics and landscape. 3. Examine elite Roman houses; question how domestic space expresses status.