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Since their construction in 271 AD, the walls of Rome have become as eternal as the Imperial City they had to defend. A careful analysis of these walls--their features, motives, and meanings as a fortification system--can thus reveal the ancient history of Rome. In this talk, Francesca D'Andrea will discuss how these walls shaped the appearance and influenced the identity of Rome during the delicate transition from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. While this story begins with a city without walls, it ends with a wall as a symbol of a city.
Francesca D'Andrea, PhD Candidate
Scuola Normale Superiore
|October 19||Andrea Eis|
|November 14||John Matsui|
|December 7||Vivian Kao|
|January 18||Francesca D'Andrea|
|February 15||Steve Coy|
|March 15||Annie Bolotin|
|April 19||Ken Siver|