Walls of Ancient Rome:  The Aurelian Boundaries with Veronica Iacomi

Walls of Ancient Rome: The Aurelian Boundaries with Veronica Iacomi


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After the Gauls took and burnt the city at the beginning of the IV c. BC, Rome never experienced again another siege or attack for centuries, and the Servian Walls were already considered close to useless by the time of Augustus. But the military crisis of the second half of the III c. AD, exacerbated by the growing menace of the Barbarian invasions, urged Emperor Aurelian (270-275) to create a new circuit of Walls for the capital of the empire. Destinated to be used as a defensive system until the Unification of Italy in the XIX c., the Aurelian Walls are still nowadays an important landmark of Rome which offer the chance to unfold many known and less known stories of the Eternal City. 

Led by an expert on Roman Archaeology and Tour Guide of Rome, Veronica Iacomi, this Conversation will represent a great chance to get to know the technical aspects and the most intriguing stories about one of the most enduring elements of the urbanscape of Rome. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of Roman defensive and military architecture, as well as greater familiarity with the city of Rome itself. 

Veronica is a PhD archaeologist who worked on excavations in Rome and abroad (Turkey) for over 20 years. Subject topics of her research range from funerary archaeology to domestic architecture, with a special interest in Late Antiquity, the Provinces of the Roman Empire, processes of assimilation and cultural interchanges, economy and production in the Antiquity. Enthusiastic traveller and explorer, she has always devoted herself not only to her academic career but also to dissemination activities as a lecturer, tour guide in Rome (for over 10 years), tour planner and leader for trips all around the Mediterrenean. History buff, in love for her city - Rome, the Eternal City! -, moved by curiousity and a genuine passion for stories behind History, she likes to convey her expertise while never forgetting how to be also a good companion for your exploration of the ancient world.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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