Category Archives: Documentaries

Caligula: 1400 Days of Terror

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… Con­tinue read­ing

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Living History in Rome day by day

Liv­ing in Rome has proved to be an excit­ing adven­ture over the past 20 years, more inter­est­ing than I could have imag­ined.  (And way more inter­est­ing than what appears on real­ity TV– House Hunters– how­ever enter­tain­ing that was). Now, as… Con­tinue read­ing

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Filming the past: conservation matters

What role does video have in cul­tural her­itage preser­va­tion?  Quite a lot, I’d have to say.   One thing to keep in mind is that video is a pretty cheap medium (e.g., HD video cam­eras and a tri­pod).  So, to get… Con­tinue read­ing

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Mad for Caligula

Time for a look at the 12 Cae­sars again– one in par­tic­u­lar– Caligula, though it’s hard to beat Sue­to­nius’ account and Michael Graves’.  Part of the fas­ci­na­tion with this Roman emperor is from pre­vi­ous “clas­sic” films (i.e., Caligula, I Claudius)… Con­tinue read­ing

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Who’s saving what?

Unlisted Con­fer­ence Rome, Italy April 15–16, 2011 (AIRC-MiBAC) In Rome we con­front the past on a daily basis.  And I’m not just talk­ing about the obvi­ous– the Colos­seum, Forum, Cir­cus Max­imus.  We also fre­quently see a strip of Roman pave­ment… Con­tinue read­ing

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Nero’s back for a great exhibition in Rome (or, Elvis is in the building)

Who was Nero? Nero (54–68) was one fas­ci­nat­ing Roman ruler.  Can you imag­ine becom­ing the emperor when still a teenager, after your mother poi­soned your step­fa­ther!?!  It’s a predica­ment that I don’t think that they cover in such out­ra­geous dra­mas as… Con­tinue read­ing

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Lights, camera, action– filming the past and saving history (at Ostia Antica)

FILMING is a ubiq­ui­tous way we doc­u­ment the past.  Mark my words, one of the most impor­tant con­tri­bu­tions we can make today as pro­fes­sion­als  to the fields of his­tory, archae­ol­ogy, and con­ser­va­tion is to tie them into the visual cul­ture… Con­tinue read­ing

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Tunisia’s stunning cultural heritage in the backseat for now

The world con­tin­ues to watch as his­tory unfolds in Tunisia through tweets and videos posted on Face­book.  I’m usu­ally more inter­ested in ancient his­tory, but I’ve been track­ing the polit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in Tunisia for a num­ber of years, ever since… Con­tinue read­ing

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I hope you enjoy the series, which pro­vides new insights on many of the most noto­ri­ous fig­ures from ancient times.   It was a real plea­sure to work with the folks at Blink Films (www.blinkfilms.com). They had incred­i­ble pull with the… Con­tinue read­ing

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Attila the Hungry?

When the Berlin wall fell, I was a fresh­man at the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia and I remem­ber wish­ing that I could have been there to absorb that very impor­tant moment. Who would have thought so soon? The clos­est that I… Con­tinue read­ing

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