Late Empire

Concluding our Study of Rome

The End of Rome

The Fall of Rome

Our study of Rome ends this week. In the Late Empire period, the power of Roman Empire begins to erode. The economy and the power of the imperial bureaucracy disintegrates. The empire becomes divided as it becomes difficult to keep order on all frontiers.


"Roman Empire is the bridge - in politics, the arts, and religion - between the ancient and the medieval and modern Western worlds" (GATA p. 298).

As we move forward in our studies, we aren't immediately moving into Medieval Era with "Early Christian" art. Based on our class poll, we are going to stick around in the ancient period and complete at "Buddhist Art" Unit. This will be our next area of study following Thanksgiving Break.

This Week's Agenda

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Important Dates

  • Unit 6 Reading Quiz 4: Late Empire
  • Image IDs Late Empire, November 20
  • Unit 6 Quiz, November 22
  • Themes Across Art History, November 22
  • Thanksgiving Break, November 24-30

Short Film of the Week: Premier Automne

A really gorgeous short film. The animation and colors are stunning. In my English class I use this film to introduce symbolism...


"Abel lives in the winter and Apolline lives in the summer. Isolated in their "natures", they never met each other. They are not even supposed to meet. So when Abel crosses the border and discovers Apolline, curiosity is overwhelming. Their encounter soon becomes more complicated than they could imagine. Both of them will have to learn compromise to protect the other..."


Premier Automne (2013)