Course Title:  01:082:379  Imagery and Architecture of Medieval Rome

Academic Credits:  3 credits

Mode of Instruction:  Lecture

Course Prerequisites: None

Core Curriculum: None

Course Description:

Traces the development of the imagery and architecture of medieval Rome from the legitimization of Christianity to the removal of the papacy to Avignon.  Imagery includes frescoes, mosaic,sculpture, and architecture; encompasses both religious and secular buildings.

Learning Goals:

The goal of the course is to enable students to identify, discuss, and interpret works of art and architecture. Students should demonstrate their knowledge of a large set of visual artifacts from a diverse range of periods and be able to place them within their historical contexts. They should be able to employ skills of critical thinking in their written and oral expression and be able to construct an historical argument that incorporates images in a meaningful way. Majors and minors should be able to recognize and understand the fundamental interpretive methods engaged by art historians and should employ the appropriate technologies for conducting research in the history of art, including print and electronic resources.

Required and Recommended Course Materials:

All assigned readings are available through SAKAI


Paul Hetherington, Medieval Rome. A Portrait of the City and its Life (New York, 1994)

Matilda Webb, The Churches and Catacombs of Early Christian Rome (Sussex, 2001)

Peter Llewellyn, Rome in the Dark Ages (London, 1971)

Geoffrey Barraclough, The Medieval Papacy (London, 1968)

Roma felix : formation and reflections of medieval Rome, eds. Éamonn Ó Carragáin and Carol Neuman de Vegvar (Aldershot, 2007)

Rome across time and space: cultural transmission and the exchange of ideas c. 500-1400, eds. Claudia Bolgia, Rosamond McKitterick, and John Osborne (Cambridge, 2011)


Midterm and a Final will be given


Research Paper 


Attendance is mandatory. If you are not present when I take attendance, you will be marked absent. Do not expect to be marked present if you come in late. You will be marked down one half of a grade for every class you miss after two missed classes.


Class participation and attendance=15%
Mid term exam=25%
Research paper=25%
Final exam=35%


Professor Erik Thunø

Disclaimer:  These course descriptions/synopses pages have been provided as samples and the information should not be considered accurate or current.  For actual course information, refer to the course site hosted by a Rutgers Learning Management System (Sakai, Canvas, etc.) as of first day of class.