108. Ancient Rome and the Monuments of Washington, D.C.
Seminar, three hours. Exploration of public buildings, marble monuments, and heroic statues of Washington, D.C., inspired by memory and ruins of classical antiquity, and how these evocations have meaning today. Consideration of obelisk, Greek temple, and Pantheon and American monumental counterparts, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and Jefferson Memorial. Examination of ancient inspirations, historical background, architectural design, and art of these monuments in context of shifting public ideologies and local politics in Washington. Public buildings including U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court Building, and Library of Congress, publicly commissioned statues of war heroes (Revolutionary and Civil), monuments to honor veterans of Vietnam, Korean, and Second World War conflicts, and American presidents. P/NP or letter grading.