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.