More lectures on ancient Rome

The Colosseum in Rome

Indiana Jen, AKA Jennifer Lockett, a classical archaeologist who teaches at Texas Christian University, gives a rousing introduction to Roman archaeology in a series of lectures posted on iTunes and on her website.  If you have a video iPod, you can also see the slides that go along with these enhanced MP3 lectures.  That’s a big plus, especially when she begins talking about the architectural details of Roman buildings.

I enjoyed the historical background in these lectures, especially her lecture on Roman mystery cults.  However, unless you’re a fan of ancient building design, you might find the details of ancient architecture (eg fluted versus non-fluted columns) a bit tedious.  Still, Ms. Lockett is an enthusiastic and entertaining lecturer, and gives Roman history buffs a new way to enjoy the period.

If you explore her website, be sure to check out the “classical links” page.  There is a link to a UCLA website which features a video of actors orating in the style of Cicero.  Great fun.

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2 Responses to More lectures on ancient Rome

  1. Thanks for the kudos on your blog! If you are interested, I will be teaching a course on Classical Myth this Fall and plan on podcasting those lectures as well.

    Also, just an FYI, if you check out those Cicero links, my husband is one of the speakers/actors!

  2. I wanted to let you know that I have two new podcasts that have been published: Classical Myth (Fall 2008 Semester Course) and the Ancient City of Rome (Extended Education – 5 classes). They will be updated on a weekly basis.

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