Art & Architecture Site Visit: Roman Forum and Colosseum
The Spring 2018 Rome class had its first Art and Architecture excursion on Wednesday,
February 7, 2018. These on –site, afternoon lectures across the city of Rome take
place roughly once a week and replace a classroom session. For their first “Art and
Ach.” trip, students went to the Roman Forum and Colosseum.
At the Forum, students heard an introductory lecture from Dr. Peter Hatlie, who discussed
the benefit of studying the Roman culture and its weaknesses and strengths as a society.
The class then split into two tour groups, led by Dr. Hatlie and Dr. Elizabeth Robinson.
On these tours students learned about the evolution of the forum from a swampy burial
ground into the heart of Rome’s religious, political, and social functions.
Students then had free time for lunch and additional site-seeing before assembling
at the Arch of Constantine and the Colosseum. Dr. Robinson introduced the site with
a lecture on the origins of the Colosseum and the Roman invention and use of concrete.
Inside the Colosseum, Dr. Robinson spoke of the culture of Roman games and their social,
moral, and political implications.