"Late Antique and Medieval Rome"

Professor Dale Kinney, 5 Feb 96, lecture notes.

recommended: R Krautheimer, Rome: Profile of a City, 312-1308, (1980).

Aurelian wall, 3d c. AD

Capitoline, Palatine hills

Forum Romanum

Via Flaminia

Trastevere--poorer zone across Tiber

Imperial Fora

water supply cut by Byzantine invasion, 6th c AD

population returns to banks of Tiber


476 AD, last emperor in West, deposed by Goths major war in 540s, city empties.

Bishop of Rome=Pope, whose secular governance follows, made official in 9th c.

Maarten van Heemskerck views, ca. 1535

major churches at peripheral burial sites, Vatican, Lateran

pilgrimage site, with hospices, monasteries, 7th-9th centuries

Castello Sant' Angelo, fortress at bridge to Vatican city, former imperial tomb

city as place of ceremonial transit.

San Clemente
SS Giovanni e Paolo
Santa Sabina
SS Cosmas e Damiano


churches out of former temples, (so-called) Temple of Fortuna Virilis, Pantheon

residential pattern, population concentrated near river, esp since acqueducts no longer bring water to hills.

Cevelli family in part of Theatre of Marcellus

Capitoline reemerges as civic place, center of secular govt in 12th c. Senate reestablished there,

view of Capitoline, Senators' palace, by van Heemskerck ca. 1535, on eve on Michelangelo's replanning.

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