With three thousand years of history to explore, the city of Rome is full of treasures. Each layer of the city tells a unique story, best understood through the eyes of a local historian. Join us as we explore five remarkable landmarks off the beaten path. Several of these hidden gems are buried below new construction, others have fallen into disrepair, and some are only discovered centuries after their abandonment, as the city looks to build a new subway line.
During our time together you will explore underground aqueducts, little known museums, and more fascinating statues which tell the stories of Romans through the ages.
Lecture One – Exploring Rome through the Ages
Covering the most meaningful events which shaped the face of the city during the ages, we'll get a clear picture of why Rome boasts one of the most extraordinary series of heritage monuments in the world. As a case study, we'll deal with our first hidden gem: the Talking Statues, a series of ancient Roman sculptures which acquire a totally different meaning and role after the end of the Roman Empire.
Lecture Two – The Caelian Hill & Centrale Montemartini
A short walk away from the iconic Colosseum, the Caelian Hill, hidden gem #2, offers an extraordinary set of testimonies of antiquities: in a sort of a virtual itinerary, we'll literally bump into the Walls of Rome, a massive Temple devoted to Emperor Claudius, a Roman House turned into an early medieval church. The hidden gem #3, the Museum Centrale Montemartini, is an impressive collection of statues and findings from the central area of Rome, set in a dismissed power plant of the early XX c.
Lecture Three – The Aqua Virgo Aqueduct & The Ara Pacis Augusti (Altar of Peace of Augustus)
Built during the reign of Augustus by his fellow Agrippa, the Aqua Virgo aqueduct, hidden gem #4, is still preserved in some sections visible in the busy city center of Rome: we'll follow its itinerary, ideally walking along its path from the spring to Piazza Navona. We'll conclude with the Ara Pacis, hidden gem #5, the lavish altar erected in honor of Augustus, gone lost during the Middle Ages, rediscovered in modern times, and moved into a Museum, recently restored as an elegant building of notable contemporary architecture.
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.
How does it work?
This is a three-part series held weekly and hosted on Zoom. Please check the schedule for the specific dates and times for each lecture.
When will I receive the Zoom link?
Your link to enter the Zoom room will be the same for all sessions. It will be sent to the email address used to place your order 30 minutes prior to each lecture's start time.
Is there a reading list in advance?
Though the course is open to participants with no background on this topic, there are suggested readings for further investigation. These will be provided at the course's conclusion.
How long are the lectures?
Each lecture is 90 minutes long with time for Q&A.
How much is the course?
The course is $105 USD for three lectures.
Is a recording available?
Yes. All registered participants will be sent a recording link within 48 hours of each session's conclusion. It will be available to re-watch for 15 days after the course concludes.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.