The Roman Pantheon:  Perfection in Architecture with Livia Galante

The Roman Pantheon: Perfection in Architecture with Livia Galante


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The Roman Pantheon is one of the Eternal City's must-see destinations, but it has a deeper historical context to explore. The modern building we tour today was not the original, and much recent scholarship has further explored the different iterations of this building's past life. Together we ask, what was the Pantheon's original purpose?  Who designed it? Was it always intended to be a church?

During our time together, we will explore these guiding questions as we take a closer look at this awe-inspiring landmark of Roman History. Michelangelo himself,  while visiting, purportedly proclaimed it to be a marvel of “angelic and not human design.” Since antiquity, many architects have copied and borrowed from its blueprints. Examples include the Elks National Memorial in Chicago, the Pantheon of Paris, the Columbia University's Low Memorial Library, the Killian Court Dome at MIT, and the University of Virginia Rotunda.

Led by an expert on Ancient Roman topography, Livia Galante, this Conversation will dive into the robust legacy of this remarkable building – its architecture, its function in society, and its renovations. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with increased comprehension of one of the most important ancient Roman buildings that arrived almost intact to our days.

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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 in 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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Wilma Vega Hernandez (El Paso, US)
Pantheon

As always Livia is a treasure , every lecture is amazing and she make information accessible and easy to grasp. Livia is a great communicator, lot of experience as an archeologist and is very enthusiastic ! I love all her lecture!!!!!!

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Laurie (Saint Paul, US)
Fascinating

Livia always does an excellent job -- we learned a lot especially about the architectural details of the Pantheon. Livia has so much enthusiasm for her subject matter, it's infectious!

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Martha Taylor (San Antonio, US)

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Jerry Andrews (Sherwood, US)
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Good visuals. Interesting topic. Understood less than half of what she said. Very heavy Italian accent.

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
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Wilma Vega Hernandez (El Paso, US)
Pantheon

As always Livia is a treasure , every lecture is amazing and she make information accessible and easy to grasp. Livia is a great communicator, lot of experience as an archeologist and is very enthusiastic ! I love all her lecture!!!!!!

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Anonymous (Porto Alegre, BR)

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Laurie (Saint Paul, US)
Fascinating

Livia always does an excellent job -- we learned a lot especially about the architectural details of the Pantheon. Livia has so much enthusiasm for her subject matter, it's infectious!

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Martha Taylor (San Antonio, US)

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Jerry Andrews (Sherwood, US)
What did she say?

Good visuals. Interesting topic. Understood less than half of what she said. Very heavy Italian accent.