Caligula’s Garden of Delights: New Discoveries Below Rome with Livia Galante

Caligula’s Garden of Delights: New Discoveries Below Rome with Livia Galante


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The wonders of Ancient Rome never cease to amaze. More than 15 years ago, the city began building an underground parking structure to support modern-day business in the city center–but work halted upon discovering a treasure trove of artifacts that had survived undetected below ground. The area where they planned to put up a parking lot was formerly Emperor Caligula's paradise.
During ancient Roman times, this hillside was occupied by many lavish residences, one of which belonged to Lucio Elio Lamia. At his death, in 33 AD, as often happened, the estate became imperial property, first of Emperor Tiberius and then Emperor Caligula.  Archaeologists have recently unearthed beautiful stone mosaics, remnants of painted walls, theatrical masks, home goods. But they have also cataloged remains of exotic plants and animals, such as lions, ostriches, and bears. More than one thousand oyster shells have also been discovered; evidence of the luxurious nature of these entertainments provided for the Emperors' enjoyment.
Our conversation will discuss these new revelations and virtually explore the newly opened space–Museo Ninfeo. The museum's collection offers us a unique vantage point to learn more about the aristocracy's daily life.
Led by an expert on ancient Roman Topography, Livia Galante, this conversation will focus on the Gardens of Caligula and the luxurious residence of the Esquiline hill. Participants will come away with an increased understanding of Rome's urban development and the lasting influence of Roman citizens who once occupied the land. We will also learn about the so-called "preventive archaeology" – policies and practices which are in place across Rome during construction and infrastructure projects within the contemporary city center.

Livia obtained a degree in Archaeology at the Sapienza University of Rome and has a Master's degree in the History and Conservation of Cultural Heritage from the University of Roma Tre. Her main field of interest is ancient Roman topography and early Christian architecture; however, she is an accomplished scholar whose teaching ability extends to the Renaissance and Baroque Rome. As a native Roman, Livia is very enthusiastic about sharing the deep love and knowledge she has for her hometown with clients.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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V. (San Diego, US)
Another stupendous Livia Galante seminar

What makes Dr. Galante's seminars so rich is the way she contextualizes the subject. In this seminar she first explained the remarkable discovery of Caligula's Garden, then she stepped back to explain what the gardens of elites were like during the Roman Empire, next she talked about facets of everyday life in Caligula's villa and gardens, and then circled back to the rescue archeology that was conducted at this site over the past 20 years. This deeper dive into the history as well as into what we learn from archeology is very compelling. As always, her passion and enthusiasm kept me on the edge of my seat. Lastly, her slides are terrific.

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D. (L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, FR)
Always top notch

Livia never fails to deliver solid information that is fully on-topic. But, as well and what makes her lectures the best of all I attend are the host of surprises, the assortment of stories, but tidbits of of insider information, the genius illustrations, which all together create a superb hour and a half of shared learning.

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N.K. (Tonawanda, US)
Fabulous presentation (as always)

Livia is a wonderful speaker! Her research and knowledge of Rome are exceptional and her talks are well illustrated, informative and engaging. With Caligula's Garden she showed recent archaeology and discussed how Caligula has been viewed in history. Beautifully done!

J
J.E. (Frankfurt am Main, DE)
Interesting

Enjoyed the information about this new archaeological site in Rome.

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V. (San Diego, US)
Another stupendous Livia Galante seminar

What makes Dr. Galante's seminars so rich is the way she contextualizes the subject. In this seminar she first explained the remarkable discovery of Caligula's Garden, then she stepped back to explain what the gardens of elites were like during the Roman Empire, next she talked about facets of everyday life in Caligula's villa and gardens, and then circled back to the rescue archeology that was conducted at this site over the past 20 years. This deeper dive into the history as well as into what we learn from archeology is very compelling. As always, her passion and enthusiasm kept me on the edge of my seat. Lastly, her slides are terrific.

D
D. (L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, FR)
Always top notch

Livia never fails to deliver solid information that is fully on-topic. But, as well and what makes her lectures the best of all I attend are the host of surprises, the assortment of stories, but tidbits of of insider information, the genius illustrations, which all together create a superb hour and a half of shared learning.

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N.K. (Tonawanda, US)
Fabulous presentation (as always)

Livia is a wonderful speaker! Her research and knowledge of Rome are exceptional and her talks are well illustrated, informative and engaging. With Caligula's Garden she showed recent archaeology and discussed how Caligula has been viewed in history. Beautifully done!

J
J.E. (Frankfurt am Main, DE)
Interesting

Enjoyed the information about this new archaeological site in Rome.