Mosaic Splendor of Ravenna with Dr. Thomas. F Madden - Context Travel

Mosaic Splendor of Ravenna with Dr. Thomas. F Madden


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Tucked away in the sleepy town of Ravenna are some of the greatest mosaic masterpieces of the late ancient world. This conversation will explore these treasures.

Hidden away in Ravenna's modest churches are stunning mosaics that open a window into a late ancient world that has long since passed away. Formerly the headquarters for the western Roman fleet, Ravenna became the capital of Byzantine Italy in the sixth and seventh centuries. Throughout those years, emperors, empresses, and warlords beautified the city with remarkable works of art. Although most Byzantine art was demolished during the Iconoclastic Controversy of the eighth century, Ravenna preserved its treasures for subsequent ages.

In this seminar, Thomas F. Madden, Professor of Medieval History and author of numerous books on Italian history, will guide participants through the magnificent mosaics of San Vitale, Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, the Galla Placidia Mausoleum, and Sant'Apollinare in Classe. Participants will not only experience the beauty of Late Antiquity still preserved in Ravenna but also learn of the people and times that produced these marvels.

Thomas F Madden is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University. As an author and historical consultant, he has appeared in such venues as The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN, and The History Channel. He is a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Medieval Academy of America, and he is a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 36 reviews
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The Mosaics of Ravenna

A very interesting discussion of the mosaics found in Ravenna! Dr. Madden put a lot of this into context with the historical background of the times. Very interesting.

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Great Overall Experience

As usual an interesting review with oftentimes stories not well known.

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excellent seminar

I have been in Ravenna more than once in my life but Dr Madden seminar made me wanting to go back and enjoy even more those marvelous mosaic

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Magnificent lecture just like the mosaics

I have taken a course and four seminars with Dr Madden and am signing up for more. His lectures are always very well structured and illustrated. He also has an excellent pedagogic style wherein he not only conveys the essential but his great interest for his subject matter

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Terrific!

We have visited Ravenna with an excellent tour guide, but really appreciate Dr. Madden's approach. Different insights! I'm going to listen to the lecture again.

Customer Reviews

Based on 36 reviews
92%
(33)
8%
(3)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
S
S.M.
The Mosaics of Ravenna

A very interesting discussion of the mosaics found in Ravenna! Dr. Madden put a lot of this into context with the historical background of the times. Very interesting.

A
A.
Great Overall Experience

As usual an interesting review with oftentimes stories not well known.

E
E.R.B.
excellent seminar

I have been in Ravenna more than once in my life but Dr Madden seminar made me wanting to go back and enjoy even more those marvelous mosaic

M
M.
Magnificent lecture just like the mosaics

I have taken a course and four seminars with Dr Madden and am signing up for more. His lectures are always very well structured and illustrated. He also has an excellent pedagogic style wherein he not only conveys the essential but his great interest for his subject matter

A
A.
Terrific!

We have visited Ravenna with an excellent tour guide, but really appreciate Dr. Madden's approach. Different insights! I'm going to listen to the lecture again.