Discovering the Cultural Heritage of the Ancient Rome

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Rome, also known as the Eternal City, is a treasure chest of majestic monuments, hundreds of churches, and spectacular fountains that shape its stunning skyline, making it the city with the highest concentration of historical, archaeological, and architectural heritage in the world.

“History is the teacher of life” said Cicero to highlight the far-reaching educational value of the past. Thus, travel to Rome to discover the fabulous amount of history and monuments that lie behind its construction.

The course will accompany the participants to discover the astonishing cultural heritage in the city, which will be taken as an example to explain the principles of Cultural Heritage Education (CHE). This approach promoted by the Council of Europe aims to incorporate heritage education more effectively in school curricula in order to raise awareness of common history and values among the younger generations and strengthen the sense of belonging to a shared European cultural and political space.

Because of the immersive first-hand approach of this course, students will strengthen their visual and critical thinking skills, delving into a broader range of knowledge about the protection and valorization of cultural heritage to seek a European identity that ties itself to common and tangible roots.

Therefore, the course highlights the ancient city history timelineRegal period, Republican Era, Imperial Age – and the relative artistic, social and political development over the centuries.

The course provides guided tours in the city centre that emphasize the stunning monuments such as Circus Maximus, the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the grandiose archaeological area of Fori Imperiali.

The course program offers entrance to various museums such as Musei Capitolini and Centrale Montemartini.

Concept by: Pietro Antichi

Learning outcomes

  • Provide an historical framework concerning the cultural heritage and the artistic universe of the Ancient Rome; 
  • Fostering critical and visual thinking skills that motivate students to reach a deeper level of active learning;  
  • Lead students in history and art activities inspired by classical works of art and architecture;
  • Appraising the value and importance of cultural heritage for inclusive and sustainable social community; 
  • Creating a European identity through Cultural Heritage Education (CHE) and museums digital resources. 

Tentative schedule

Day 1 – Introduction to cultural heritage education

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
  • Icebreaker activities;
  • Presentations of participants’ schools;
  • Introduction to Rome’s history timeline and its cultural heritage, defining the European and international valorisation policies; 
  • Tour in the city centre.

Day 2 – Rome’s glories through the ages

  • Learning from the past: the foundation of Rome and the seven kings of the Royal Age; 
  • Drawing a critical scenario through the history of the Republican and Imperial Age;
  • Visit to Pantheon.

Day 3 – Exploring ancient Rome artworks and architecture

  • The ever-evolving heritage of Roman art in architecture, sculpture, portraiture, frescoes and mosaics;
  • The birth of the artistic patronage during the reign of Octavian Augustus and the flourishing development of the city;
  • How to incorporate Ancient Rome art history into engaging and inclusive classroom activities;
  • Visit to Fori Imperiali and Colosseo. 

Day 4 – The cultural heritage digitization

  • The innovative side of cultural heritage, new digitisation and memory preservation strategies;
  • Integrate Art & Culture digital tools and archives in your classroom; the European database to create a common identity with Cultural Heritage Education;
  • Visit to Musei Capitolini.

Day 5 – The intangible cultural heritage of the ancient Rome

  • Folklore, customs, beliefs, traditions, knowledge, religion within the Ancient Rome society;
  • Final brainstorming on tangible, intangible and digital heritage;
  • Final Cultural Activity.

Day 6 – Course closure and cultural activities

  • Course evaluation: round-up of acquired competencies, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;
  • Excursion and other external cultural activities.

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