So far this has been rewarding. I know little of Italian history and have only had the introductory basic art history courses. In watching last Sunday's presentation I kept wondering about the logistics of managing the provinces between the Emperors and the governors.
I really like the Archaeologist take on the buildings of the Roman and Greek Empirew
Deep knowledge, well presented, really made me want to visit these sites
"Ancient Roman Provinces & Building the Empire" is a wonderful course that looks at the lands outside the Italian peninsula that were brought under Roman control. The lecturer, Dimo, brings his knowledge and much appreciated enthusiasm to all corners of the Roman Empire, explaining how territories were acquired, ruled, and absorbed into the Roman way of life. The course is like a patchwork blanket, with each lecture focusing on the provinces of Graecia, Hispania, Asia, Gallia & Germania, Africa, respectively. In the end, Dimo seamlessly uses history, art and archeology to weave together a cohesive whole. I learned so much and anxiously await his next offering.
Dr. Kosmopoulos is a wonderful and enthusiastic teacher. His take on the 5 regions of Roman conquests and endeavors (Greece, Hispania, Gaul and Germany, Asia Minor, and Africa) is among the best I have ever taken. Breathtaking views of sites, portraits of the principle actors, frescoes and mosaics, and archeological digs/reconstructions! It feels like really traveling to these places.