Virtual Tour

Rome: Where Enemies Go to Die – Virtual Tour – Saturday 2 April

With Dr. Eireann Marshall

As central as enemies were to the Roman collective imagination, they were crucial to the enunciation of imperial power within the urban fabric of Rome, the Caput Mundi. Victories over enemies in the battlefield were followed by triumphs in Rome, which were headed by vanquished enemies and which displayed spoils of war, as well as canvases recreating the battles that saw their defeats. For each triumphant general, there was his enemy counterpart, just as each triumph was a celebration of one man’s achievement and another’s defeat. Each succeeding emperor intent on expressing his prowess, erected monuments which immortalized not only his achievements but his quasi-divine status by pitting him against his polar opposite, the vulnerable, defeated barbarian.

Triumphal arches, which materialised emperors’ triumphal processions, are littered with both military trophies, symbolising Roman potency, and barbarians, victims of this virility. Barbarians are always depicted in the same way: dishevelled, trousered, and bearded, with hands tied behind their backs and powerless. This virtual tour will take you around the heart of ancient Rome to explore imperial monuments such as the columns of Trajan and Marcus Aurelius, as well as the imperial fora where barbarians were a permanent reminder of imperial success. We will also be recreating the route of triumphs, walking along the Sacra Via past the Arch of Constantine and going through the forum to the Capitoline hill where enemies were ritually garrotted.

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: 2 April 2022

Start time: 09:00 GMT

End time: 10:30 GMT

Venue: Zoom Lecture


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