The Changing Landscape of Ancient Rome. Archaeology and History of the Palatine Hill

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. “The Changing Landscape of Ancient Rome. Archeology and History of the Palatine Hill” presents to a large public the topographical lay-out of the most relevant part of the city (according the Greek and Roman Historians Rome was founded on the Palatine). Research developed on the Palatine since the end of last century by the team of Sapienza Classical Archaeologists opened a new phase in the urban archaeological investigation and in the scientific debate about the relation between archaeological features and literary tradition as well as the “correct use“ of both kind of evidence, key issues of wide archaeological and historical significance.

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Sapienza University of Rome

Rating 4.0 based on 33 ratings
Length 9 weeks
Starts Jan 14 (last week)
Cost $49
From Sapienza University of Rome via Coursera
Instructor Paolo Carafa
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Humanities Art & Design
Tags History Arts And Humanities

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palatine hill in 5 reviews

This course gave me a deeper understanding and appreciation for the evolution of the Roman Forum, centering around the Palatine Hill.

I’m now living in Siena so visiting Roma and it’s wonderful ancient architecture especially the Roman forum and the palatine hill has new excitement and knowledge for me.

Prof. Carafa made a difficult and "multi storey" topic, such as the Palatine hill, easy to understand.

Fascinating course detailing the ancient building structures on the Roman Palatine Hill.

This course covers a lot of detailed information about the archaeology of the Palatine Hill.

so much in 4 reviews

Overall, having visited the Palatine several times over the years, I found the course very helpful in giving me a feel for physical aspects of so much of what I have read about ancient Rome in history and literature.

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I'm so grateful to Prof. Carafa and his team for presenting all this wonderful material on Septimontium and Rome from the Bronze Age down to the early Christian era, including so much interesting information, so many interesting facts and artifacts uncovered since my study and visit there in 1969.


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