Remains of the Roman Empire in Provence, France with Dr. Guillaume Durand
Can't make this time? A video recording will be sent to all participants after the seminar.
Nestled in southeast France, Provence is a region that holds many Roman vestiges which have survived from antiquity. The name Provence itself derives from the Latin Provincia and was known during the Roman Empire as the Provincia Transalpina or Narbonensis. During our time together we will traverse this picturesque region through the eyes of a local archaeologist.
We begin by establishing a foundational understanding of the geopolitics of the Mediterranean Sea, and how the Romans transformed the region into one of the wealthiest sectors of the Western Empire – dating back to the late 2nd century BCE. Together we will examine a variety of iconic Roman artworks and sculptures which have survived. We will then study some of the most valuable Roman pieces of architecture we can still visit:
the Roman Arenas in Arles (Arelate)
the Maison Carrée – one of the few examples of an Imperial temple, at Nîmes (Nemausus)
the Pont du Gard – probably the best-preserved bridge aqueduct of the Roman world
Les Antiques at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (Glanum) – an arch and a mausoleum, testifying to the romanization of the local population
Led by Guillaume Durand, Ph.D., an archaeologist and professor of Archaeology and Ancient Art History, this discussion will provide an in-depth exploration and understanding of what constitutes one of the historical socles of French History. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will come away with increased knowledge of the Roman civilization through the scope of one of its most important regions.
Passionate about the regions and countries at the crossroad of civilizations, Guillaume Durand Ph.D. has long standing expertise in Ancient art and archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean Basin. Assistant dean and professor in archaeology and art history at the Institute for American Universities and the American College of the Mediterranean in Aix-en-Provence, France, Guillaume has traveled many times in Iran during these six past years in order to study the Persian Empires. He is also a tourist guide / lecturer in this country for French citizens.