Surveys the first Italian civilization, that of the Etruscans, particularly the influence of the Greeks on the Etruscans and their own later influence on the Romans. Briefly discusses the history of Etruria; shows tombs, ruins of cities, frescoes, and statuary; the stresses the vitality of Etruscan art.
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This film uses the engravings of a book by Giovanni Battista Falda published in 1691 and entitled Le fontane di Roma nelle piazze e luoghi publici della cittá as a point of departure and visual comparisons for a tour of Rome’s major fountains and the social life around them as it has existed through history to the present day.
The program examines the technology behind the architecture that characterizes imperial Rome and its transshipment centers, Ostia and Portus. Includes maps, city models, footage of historic sites, and scholarly commentary. The architectural record provides insights into life in ancient Rome and its environs.
" ... this program examines how civic planning was tailored to suit the varying political agendas of republican Florence, ducal Milan, and ducal Florence. ... The program shows how architecture, heraldic imagery, commissioned artworks, and even religious iconography can be used to reinforce the public status of governing parties."--Container.