Unique Roman Churches: An Archaeology of Faith

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Unique Roman Churches: An Archaeology of Faith

<p>There are over 900 churches in Rome – we will look in detail at 9 of them – each with unusual historic, artistic and archaeological features. Most of these churches have their foundations in

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There are over 900 churches in Rome – we will look in detail at 9 of them – each with unusual historic, artistic and archaeological features. Most of these churches have their foundations in ancient Roman buildings but have been altered over time with artistic and religious embellishments by ambitious popes, politicians and benefactors – and even by the bombs of WWII.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Claridge, A., 2010, Rome (Oxford Archaeological Guide), Oxford
  • den Arend, P., 2015, Churches in Rome: A complete guide to the most important churches in Rome, London
  • Lampe, P., 2003, From Paul to Valentius: Christians at Rome in the first two centuries, Minneapolis
  • Tylenda, J.N., 2011, The Pilgrim’s Guide to Rome’s Principal Churches: Illustrated Guided Tours of fifty-one of the most important churches in Rome, London
  • Webb, M., 2001, The Churches and Catacombs of Early Christian Rome: A Comprehensive Guide, Sussex


COURSE OUTLINE

  • San Stefano della Rotunda, Santi Quatro Coronati, San Clemente
  • Santa Costanza, Basilica di Santa Prassede, Santa Cecilia in Trastevere
  • Santa Maria Antica, San Bartolomeo all’Isola and San Lorenzo al Verano.


*PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES *
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Develop an itinerary for visiting the selected churches and enjoy a greater understanding of the layout of the city of Rome.
  2. More fully appreciate the archaeology, history and significance of these churches
  3. Understand the development of church architecture and iconography from the Roman era to the medieval period and especially the way in which some ancient pagan sites were converted for use by the Christian faith.