I’m very excited to share the update on The Splendors of Ancient Rome, a 3-D documentary for Educational Broadcast System (EBS) South Korea where I appear as presenter. The documentary film will be airing May 5, 6 and 7 in one of Seoul’s famous cinema theaters, and hopefully I will get to see it. I had a great time filming and am really proud to work with esteemed colleagues at EBS and also Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, Ray Lawerence and Jorge Beste to talk about Ancient Rome.
When I first signed up for classics and archaeology classes, I thought most of my time would be playing in the dirt, teaching, hanging out in libraries and the occasional conferences. If you had asked me about the social side to academia, I probably would’ve laughed, maybe even made a joke about the Archaeologist’s cocktail/mosquito repellent Continue reading
Finally. The promised restoration project of the Augustan period Pyramid of Cestius has begun, with private Japanese funds. It took 330 days to construct the tomb, says the in situ inscription. Let’s see how long it takes to complete the project.
Please join me in voicing your concern for saving the Gladiator’s Tomb, a unique cultural heritage site that runs the risk of being reburied permanently for lack of funding. Together with the AIRC, I am hoping to get 5,000 signatures on the iPetition to save the Gladiator’s Tomb.
In 2008, on the Via Flaminia in the northern part of contemporary Rome, archaeologist found an impressive marble mausoleum, among other noteworthy tombs, along a well-preserved section of ancient road. Continue reading
The other day, as I viewed the new exhibit, L’eta’ dell’equilibrio, in the Capitoline Museums, I pleasantly came across the ongoing conservation project of the Marforio statue in the courtyard of the Braccio Nuovo. The colossal, reclining river god became one of Rome’s most famous “talking statues” and was located in the Roman Forum before being transferred to the Capitoline Hill.
There is so much talk in the news– you can’t escape it– about the many hot new online educational sites. These include courses listed by universities (for example Yale and Stanford), MITx, edX, Udacity, Coursera, and TED lectures. but probably none is hotter Khan Academy, recently partnered with SmartHistory, run by Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris. After corresponding with them on Twitter, I had the good fortune to meet with them this past July and become a contributor for SmartHistory, Continue reading
Caligula: 1400 Days of Terror has aired in the US on October 9 and will air in Italy on October 28. I had a lot of fun filming this documentary in Rome and Herculaneum, and am proud to be part of a great group which includes colleagues here in Rome: Valerie Higgins, Gabriel Radle and Katie Parla.
Living in Rome has proved to be an exciting adventure over the past 20 years, more interesting than I could have imagined. Now, as the summer season is upon us– with several overlapping programs and a slew of documentaries to film– I can’t help but reflect on the many ways I get to live history daily in Rome.
Latin dead? Continue reading
The shocking decision to create a massive landfill within a few hundred meters of Hadrian’s Villa, one of most well known, important cultural heritage sites in the world is, to say the least, astonishing. Continue reading