Walls of Ancient Rome: The Servian Defensive Barrier with Veronica Iacomi

Walls of Ancient Rome: The Servian Defensive Barrier with Veronica Iacomi


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Since its foundation, the city of Rome was provided by a circuit of Walls, as tradition says: the "Square Rome" of Romulus, which marked also the consecrated perimeter of the city (pomerium). With the expansion of the city, a new defensive system was built: usually ascribed to Servius Tullius, the 6th king of Rome, these Walls actually date to the IV c. BC. They remained in use throughout the Republican period, despite the city outgrew them and the expansion of the militarily controlled territories around Rome first, in Italy and the Mediterranean later, made them progressively useless: until, at the end of the Antiquity, to defend the city from the threatening Barbarian attacks, the construction of new walls became necessary. 

Led by an expert on Roman Archaeology and Tour Guide of Rome, Veronica Iacomi, this Conversation will allow us to discover the traces of such an important, still neglected monument as the Servian Walls, whose ruins are still visible in many corners of Rome. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of the early stages of the urban development of Rome. 

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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