Synopsis by Rob Ferrier
The Western Tradition series offers concise lectures on important events and trends in the history of the western world. The lectures are delivered by Eugen Weber, a noted scholar and instructor at UCLA, and supported by images from the archives of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Intended for use in high school or college classrooms, each tape is a broad overview of a particular era in western history, offering information on art, politics, economics, and a glimpse of what everyday life must have been like in the period. This episode celebrates the triumphs of Roman civil engineering with particular attention paid to public art pieces, such as Trajan's Column. Augustus and the Pax Romana are also discussed at some length.
civilization, culture [social culture], tradition