In Defense of the Eternal City

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
Pisa, Italy