Livia Galante knocks it out of the park with this course. She is a superb presenter, with deep expertise, passion for what she teaches, even and infectious joy regarding the wonders of Roman technology and innovation. Her slides are among the best I have seen in any Context course or seminar. I learned so much and each session was so enjoyable that I didn't want them to end. I would have happily continued on if this had been a six-session course instead of a three-session course. It's that brilliant.
I regret that today's lecture is the last of Livia's trilogy on vital facets of life in Ancient Rome. Her command of the history and the technology (today it was building construction) is superb, and she delivers her information with great style.
This was an exhilarating experience in which knowledge of the materials of building, the techniques adapted from Etruscans and improvements allowed by adding provinces were combined into a scientific, thorough and new experience of buildings in Rome. The combination of historical and scientific perspectives was terrific! Livia Galante is a specially talented and beautifully experienced lecturer from whom I'd always be glad to take a course.
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This course was absolutely fascinating. I watched it twice as I was amazed at the Romans' achievements, ingenuity and influence on engineering.