Virtual Tour

Rome Transformed: From Paganism to Christianity – 15th September

Tuesday 15th September


With Dr. Eireann Marshall

Central to Imperial Imagery and to Rome’s image of itself as being founded by Romulus, the son of Mars, religion has always been important to the Eternal City. Senate meetings had to take place in temples and successful generals celebrated their triumphs by erecting temples in honour of gods who helped them. In the imperial period, emperors associated themselves with gods, such as Augustus who built a temple to Apollo next to his house on the Palatine, and Nero who donned locks which made him resemble Apollo, the god of music. All of this was to change when Constantine passed the edict of Milan which legalised Christianity. Yet the transformation of Rome from the capital of the empire to the Holy See was sporadic as mythology was central to Classical literature and erudition.

This tour will explore the world of late antiquity, including the dwellings still found underneath many Roman churches which provide precious glimpses of every day life in Rome when the city was no longer as wealthy as it had been. We will also be looking at the last of the pagan monuments and the fascinating Julian the Apostate, the last pagan emperor. Examining little known sites, such as the Hypogeum of Vibia, as well as famous catacombs, we will explore how Christianity didn’t issue in a new style of decoration but that pagan and Christian symbols co-existed for some time. Along the way, we will be visiting the oldest churches in Rome, from the exquisite churches dedicated to the sisters Saints Pudentiana and Praexedes to the remarkable churches in Trastevere, including Saint Caecilia and Mary.

Virtual Tour

Our virtual tours cover a wide array of historical and art-history topics, ranging from antiquity to the early modern period. We explore a variety of historical topics, from the every day life in ancient and early modern cities to representations of power. Exploring both world famous sites and those unknown to most, these lectures will bring history and the history of art to life through tailor made HD filming, as well as perceptive lecturing and lively discussions.

The virtual tours last 60 minutes followed by another 30 minutes of Q&A with our lecturers who will be delighted to answer any of your questions live.

Your Lecturer

Dr Eireann Marshall

Dr Eireann Marshall is a Research Associate and Associate Lecturer with the Open University. She has published a number of articles on Ancient North Africa, and co-edited volumes on 'Death and Disease in the Ancient City' and ‘Women’s influence on Classical Civilisation’. Eireann has led many tours for specialist tour operators, to Italy and North Africa. In 2019 she was awarded Wanderlust Magazine's Top History & Culture Guide at its World Guide Awards.

Event Details

Date: 15 September 2020

Start time: 18:00 GMT

End time: 19:30 GMT

Venue: Zoom Webinar


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