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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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Rating 3.8 based on 50 ratings
Length 9 weeks
Starts Jun 29 (3 weeks ago)
Cost $49
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Instructor Paolo Carafa
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Language English
Subjects Humanities Art & Design
Tags History Arts And Humanities

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Very interesting and detailed class.

The information is very interesting and I learned a lot.

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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.

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.

I would like to thank Prof. Paolo Carafa for giving me an insight in the archeology and history of the Palatine Hill in such great detail.

I wish to have more handouts Though I have been to Palatine Hill twice, understand some basic Latin, have some knowledge of Roman history and interest in the subject I found this course pretty difficult and honestly in need of improvement for clarity.

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great course in 5 reviews

Great Course to understand the founding and aspects of the roman empire.

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Thanks Great course, learned a lot.

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Wonderful some of the quiz questions have nothing to do with the course!

Also, the quiz questions sometimes were not covered in the lecture.

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ancient rome in 3 reviews

It is a great course to know ancient Rome Graphics were interesting but did not focus on what the professor was saying.

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.

I was always fascinated by ancient Rome and this course has inspired me to continue discovering Roman arts, architecture and culture.

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Urban Forester 1 $49k

Landscape Coordinator $51k

Landscape Specialist $57k

Landscape maintenance $57k

Urban Planner 2 $62k

Urban Designer/Landscape Architect $62k

Landscape superintendent $63k

Landscape Planner $65k

Urban Model $70k

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Dean of Urban Education $97k

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Rating 3.8 based on 50 ratings
Length 9 weeks
Starts Jun 29 (3 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Sapienza University of Rome via Coursera
Instructor Paolo Carafa
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Humanities Art & Design
Tags History Arts And Humanities

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