The Changing Landscape of Ancient Rome: A Free Online Course from Sapienza University of Rome

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From Pao­lo Carafa, a pro­fes­sor at Sapien­za Uni­ver­si­ty of Rome, comes a free course that explores the archae­ol­o­gy of ancient Rome. The course descrip­tion for The Chang­ing Land­scape of Ancient Rome. Archae­ol­o­gy and His­to­ry of the Pala­tine Hill reads:

Study­ing ancient — as well as medieval or mod­ern — cities basi­cal­ly means telling local urban sto­ries based on the recon­struc­tion of chang­ing land­scapes through the cen­turies. Giv­en the frag­men­tary nature of archae­o­log­i­cal evi­dence, it is nec­es­sary to cre­ate new images that would give back the phys­i­cal aspect of the urban land­scape and that would bring it to life again. We are not just con­tent with ana­lyz­ing the many ele­ments still vis­i­ble of the ancient city. The con­nec­tions between objects and archi­tec­tures, vis­i­ble and non vis­i­ble build­ings, which have been bro­ken through time have to be rejoined, to acknowl­edge the ele­ments that com­pose the urban land­scape.

Land­scape and its con­tent are a very rel­e­vant and still vital part of any nation­al cul­tur­al her­itage. The course will intro­duce stu­dents to the way we have been reflect­ing on over the last twen­ty years and still are engaged with the study of the past of our cities, begin­ning from the most com­plex case in the ancient Mediter­ranean World: the core of Italy and of Roman Empire. On the oth­er hand, knowl­edge means also preser­va­tion and defense of mate­r­i­al remains and cul­tur­al mem­o­ry.

You can take The Chang­ing Land­scape of Ancient Rome for free by select­ing the audit option upon enrolling. If you want to take the course for a cer­tifi­cate, you will need to pay a fee.

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