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The Architecture of Power: Great Palaces of the Ancient World

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Explore the nature of political power and cultural tradition around the world through history’s most opulent, breathtaking palaces, accompanied by an expert guide.

Topics Covered:
  • 1: Palaces Past and Present
  • 2: Malkata Palace: Pharaoh, Foreigners, and Gods
  • 3: Amarna: Palace of the First Sun King
  • 4: Phaistos: Palaces between Asia and Europe
  • 5: Palace of Nestor at Pylos and Bronze Age Greece
  • 6: The Assyrian Palace at Nimrud: Empire in Stone
  • 7: Nineveh: The Architecture of Assyrian Power
  • 8: Persepolis: Palace of the Persians
  • 9: Greek Palaces in Conquered Lands I
  • 10: Greek Palaces in Conquered Lands II
  • 11: Greek Palaces Come to Roman Italy
  • 12: Masada: Herod the Great between East and West
  • 13: Herod the Great’s Summer and Winter Palaces
  • 14: Caligula’s Floating Palaces
  • 15: Nero’s Domus Transitoria at Rome
  • 16: Nero’s Golden House: A Roman Palace Theater
  • 17: Rome’s Great Imperial Palace of Domitian
  • 18: Hadrian’s Villa, Tivoli
  • 19: Diocletian’s Retirement Palace, Split
  • 20: Constantine’s Palace, Constantinople
  • 21: China’s Endless Palace: Weiyang Palace
  • 22: The Palace of Montezuma II at Tenochtitlán
  • 23: Renaissance Palaces and the Classical Revival
  • 24: Palaces in a World of Democracies

Taught by

Steven L. Tuck, Ph.D.

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