Processo, or Meet the Instructors, Part 2

We finished up our last lecture with Antonella de Michelis – the other of our two amazing historians here in Rome.  Antonella is Canadian (alright eh?), studied in Vancouver and at the Courthald Institute in London, where she received her PhD, adjusting and correcting Buffalini’s 1550 map of Rome. Antonella has taught in Rome for many years , recently having moved back to Canada, where she’s teaching at the University of British Columbia. She’s been involved with our program since the beginning in 2012 and we were delighted that she was able to return for this year. Her research focuses on the urbanism of Rome – Papal urbanism and processions among other things – and she led us on one long procession over the course of seven lectures; tailoring the context and content directly to the student project. It was especially great that she was able to add additional lectures this year – usually we feel pretty greedy with three, but this year… Seven.  I don’t know how many miles we logged, how much coffee (and tiramisu) was consumed, but these lectures took us back and forth along the Via Papalis, the Via Peregrinorium, the Via Sacra, The Strada Felice, past monuments and aqueducts, churches and banks, up stairs and down into the levels of Rome’s deep history.  A good historian is able to make us connect to history; a great historian brings that history into the now; making that past a dimension of the present – a narrative that links us to the layers of our varied and layered pasts.  We’re so grateful for her time with us this year!  Thank you Antonella!

Lecture 1:  Palimpsest + Papalis.  An introduction to Rome, a historical crash course, navigating the Centro with Buffalini, finding the Zecca, the little trident, the Ponte Sant Angelo…Antonella1

Lecture 2: Rione Sant Angelo, the Jewish Ghetto + the Campidoglio.  The Tiber Island, A hospital and the ruins of the Temple of Jupiter, The Via Peregrinorium, The Theatre of Pompei, the Portico D’Ottavia, Campo de Fiori, the Piazza della Cancelleria, a courtyard and bread…Antonella2Antonella2-2Antonella2-3Antonella 2-4

Lecture 3: Triumphant Urbanism. An ancient triumphal parade route; Campo Boario, San Nicolas in Carcere, bones, the Circus Maximus. the Foman Forum, the Via Sacra, the Arches of Constantine, Titus and Septimius Severus…Antonella3

Lecture 4: Follow that Aqueduct!  Piazza Trilussa, the Via Giulia, Palazzo and Piazza Farnese, Campo de Fiori, Piazza Navona, Sant Eustachio, the Pantheon and Piazza della Rotonda, coffee at T’azza Doro), The Trevi Fountain, the Water Museum, the Quirinale Hill, Palazzo Barberini…Antonella4Antonella4-3

Lecture 5: Urban Geography.  Santa Maria degli Angeli, Piazza della Reppublica, Via Nazionale, The Baths of Diocletian, Saint Bernard of the Baths, The Exposition Hall, the Bank of Italy, Trajan’s Market, Trajan’s Column, Il Vittoriano…Antonella 5Antonella5-2

Lecture 6: The Big Trident, Piazza del Popolo, Santa Maria del Popolo, the Pincian Hill, the Spanish Steps, Piazza D’Espagna, Tiramisú, Roman Holiday alley, Via Condotti, Palazzo Barberini, Ara Pacis and the Mausoleum of Augustus…Antonella 6Antonella6-3Antonella6-2Antonella 6-4

Lecture 7: The End.  San Clemente + Deep  history, San Quattro Coronati + Cloister, The Chapel of Sylvester and the Donation of Constantine, Saint John the Lateran, the Holy Door, Borromini…Antonella 7Antonella 7-2Antonella 7-3

A la proxima – and grazie mille, Dottore!


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