Rome: A Virtual Tour of the Ancient City

Online Course

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Rome: A Virtual Tour of the Ancient City

What is the course about?

Rome: A Virtual Tour of the Ancient City
The course Rome: A Virtual Tour of the Ancient City is an online class provided by University of Reading through Future Learn. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.
Explore the architecture and history of Rome, walking around a 3D digital model of the ancient city, with this free online course.
Course description
  • Explore the eternal city through a unique, historically accurate 3D model
  • 5 weeks
  • Have you ever wondered what it would be like to explore ancient Rome? Take a guided tour around the seat of the Empire with expert Dr Matthew Nicholls, using his detailed and award-winning 3D digital model of the city.
  • On this course, you’ll explore Rome’s architecture and how it was used – how did Romans worship their gods and meet their political masters? How was drinking water supplied to the city’s million inhabitants? Moving seamlessly between footage of contemporary Rome and the digital model (including interactive elements), you’ll examine these questions and much more.
  • You’ll use these insights to inform your own encounters with the eternal city and the study of ancient history more generally.
  • Geographical and historical overview
  • Introduction to the digital model
  • Roman building materials and techniques
  • The importance of aqueducts and sewers
  • Using coins to illustrate ancient architecture
  • The Imperial Fora
  • The function and development of the Forum
  • Types of monumental architecture
  • Using poetry as evidence to investigate the past
  • Overview of Roman religion
  • The architecture of the Capitoline Hill
  • Developments in Imperial temple architecture
  • Worshipping the gods
  • Overview of Roman housing
  • Food supply in the ancient city
  • How the Romans liked to be remembered
  • Using inscriptions as evidence to investigate the past
  • The importance of entertainment for Rome’s rulers
  • The architecture and function of theatres and circuses
  • Roman baths and bathing
  • Using evidence to understand the Colosseum
  • Explore different categories of building within the city, and the functions they housed
  • Investigate a range of evidence including archaeological remains, coins, literary texts, and inscriptions to learn how we can understand and interpret the ancient past
  • Discuss the way the rulers of Rome used architecture to adorn the city and keep it functioning
  • Experience digital modelling as a way of presenting the ancient past, exploring models on screen and in videos and discussing what they can show us
  • This course is open to anyone with an interest in discovering more about ancient Rome. You might be: planning a visit to the Italian capital; an avid watcher of documentaries on Roman history; or considering studying archaeology, classics or history at university.
  • University of Reading
  • The University of Reading has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and enterprise.

Prerequisites & Facts

Rome: A Virtual Tour of the Ancient City

Course Topic

Ancient History, Archaeology, History, Roman History

University, College, Institution

University of Reading

Course Skill Level

Course Language

English

Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)

Degree

Certificate

Degree & Cost

Rome: A Virtual Tour of the Ancient City

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