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Lecture: "How Old is the City of Florence?" by Dr. McKenzie Lewis.




The Istituto Italiano di Cultura is pleased to present the lecture: "How Old is the City of Florence?" held by Dr. McKenzie Lewis.

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


All lectures are open to the public and free of charge



Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019

Time: At 7:15 pm

Organized by : Carr Hall

In collaboration with : The Canadian Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : Free


University of Toronto, Carr Hall, Room 404, located at 100 St. Joseph Street, St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. (First street north of Wellesley; parking lot is opposite Carr Hall).


McKenzie Lewis