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MOOC: The Landscape of Ancient Rome


Monday, June 5 – 5:30 pm
Tempio della cella di Venere
Piazza di Santa Maria Nova 53, Rome

Paolo Carafa, Professor of Archaeology Research Methods at the Sapienza Classics Department, will present a new MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) on “The Changing Landscape of Ancient Rome. Archaeology and History of the Palatine Hill.”

The course, which is available on the Coursera platform, will address the topographic asset of the most important part of the city (according to ancient historians, Rome was founded on the Palatine Hill). Research carried out on the Palatine Hill by Sapienza archaeologists has inaugurated a new phase in the development of Rome’s urban archaeology addressing the debate on the possible relation between archaeological data and literary tradition, and on the “good use” of both types of data.

During the year, students will be introduced to procedures and methods developed and successfully employed by Sapienza’s School of Classical Archaeology for collecting, analysing, integrating and interpreting complex and multi-stratified contexts.

Participation is free once, but requires payment of ticket to access the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill. The presentation will also be streamed live by the Garr Consortium.