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Ancient Roman Remains in Tuscany



Ancient Roman Remains in Tuscany

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura is pleased to present two lectures on the Roman origins of Tuscany held by Dr. McKenzie Lewis.

Lecture 1

Friday, May 18, 10:00am to 12:00pm

The Economy of a Roman Villa: Excavations in Northern Tuscany’s Arno River Valley. The Villa del Vergigno is a large rural villa located ten miles west of Florence inhabited from the early first century B.C.E. to around 400 C.E. Recent excavations at this villa rustica have revealed evidence of ceramic production and wine making during the period when Tuscany transitioned between its “Etruscanperiod into a “Roman” one. Was intensive agricultural production at this large villa a product of Roman colonization, or an example of the local prosperity that brought Roman imperialism to the region? In this talk, the director of excavations Dr. McKenzie Lewis discusses the life of a Roman villa, the ancient economy, and the Romanization of Italy.


Lecture 2

Friday, May 25, 10:00am to 12:00pm

How Old Is the City of Florence? It is commonly accepted that the city of Florence, the cultural heart and first capital of unified Italy, was founded by Julius Caesar in the 40s B.C.E. and settled as a colony shortly afterward by Rome’s first emperor Augustus. This orthodox view of the city’s foundation by a strong imperial Rome, drawn from a fourth century Latin text, took on ideological importance in the 1940s and 1950s. However, a much earlier date for the birth of Florence is now possible to be shown. In this provocative talk drawn from his Distinguished Dissertation Award research, Dr. McKenzie Lewis draws together a variety of evidence, ranging from ancient inscriptions and Latin manuscripts to rescue excavations in Florence’s city center, to re-date Florence’s foundation.


The lectures will be in English

Tickets: $20 General Public/ $15 IIC Students.
Reservation is required. To register please call 416.921.3802 ext. 228



McKenzie Lewis

McKenzie Lewis is a professor of Classics and currently a Research Associate at University of Waterloo's Institute for Hellenistic Studies. He has taught in Rome at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies and John Cabot University, and in the United States most recently at the University of Wyoming and Concordia College. Dr. Lewis' area of specialty is in the art and archaeology of Italy and Rome, and he is the Director of the Villa del Vergigno Archaeological Project where he leads excavations of a Roman Imperial-era villa. His presentations and publications include topics such as Classical Greek vase painting, Roman History, Latin poetry, and ancient Greek and Roman architecture. Dr. Lewis' current book project is "Networks and Imperialism: Roman Colonization of Northern Etruria."


Date: Da Friday, May 18, 2018 a Friday, May 25, 2018

Time: From 10:00 am To 12:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

In collaboration with : The Canadian Institute for Mediterranean Studies - University of Toronto - Department of Italian Studies

Entrance : With fee


Istituto Italiano di Cultura - 496 Huron St., Toronto