The city of Rome has one of the richest historical pasts in Europe, offering exceptional opportunities to examine the nature of urban and historical change. Students will explore Rome and its environs in depth and compare it with other sites with other histories. They will learn how to integrate experiential knowledge with other kinds of evidence and scholarship. In particular, we will examine how communities from Late Antiquity through the Renaissance and beyond constructed, preserved, re-purposed, decorated, and destroyed spaces and places in the service of political, social, or religious aims and identities.
“Rome, though you may be almost entirely in ruins, you have no equal. In your shattered state, you teach us how great you were when whole!”– Hildebert of Lavardin (1055–1133)