Art & Architecture Site Visit to the Roman Forum and Colosseum
Date Published: Feb. 15, 2017
The second Art and Architecture visit was to some of the best preserved archaeological
sites of Rome: the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. Such sites give modern visitors
a very real sense of how life would have been in Ancient Rome, home to one of the
world’s greatest civilizations.
Drs. Peter Hatlie and Elizabeth Robinson, UD Rome’s Art and Architecture professor,
brougth the Roman Forum to life for students, each leading tours and giving lectures
at various spots in the Forum such as the Arches of Septimius Severus and Titus, the
Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine, the Column of Phocas and the Temple of Antoninus
and Faustina. Student volunteers also read aloud from primary sources discussing the
day-to-day life in the Forum.
After a short break for lunch on their own, students reconvened at the Arch of Constantine
for a brief introduction to the Colosseum, given by Dr. Robinson, who then led the
class inside the amphitheater for a fantastic view and more detailed discussion of
its architectural and cultural significance of Ancient Rome. As in the Roman Forum,
students read from primary sources describing different perspectives on the Colosseum
and the events that occurred there.