Ancient Rome’s rich, layered archaeological history is best experienced in person, walking through the streets of Rome, spending countless hours in sites and the many museums, says Darius Arya, archaeologist and director of the American Institute for Roman Culture. But, if you can’t get to Rome, his organization’s ancientromelive.org just might offer the next best thing. Darius and his team have created a growing number of opportunities to engage Rome’s past through free live seminars and walks, as well as more structured programming like the online course: Architecture and Engineering of Ancient Rome. The Institute’s direction is focused throughout on partnerships with some of the most amazing sites and museums in Italy to provide unique on-site learning experiences. This year, Ancient Rome Live featured the Museo Nazionale Romano’s four museums, and they filmed an empty Uffizi Galleries and Boboli Gardens. They will be rolling out more content from these sites as well as new content from Pompeii and other Vesuvian sites like Villa Oplontis, Villa Arianna, Villa San Marco, and the rustic villa of Boscoreale. Each video is featured on a separate page on ancientromelive.org as well as youtube.com/wedigrome.
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