"Let's Have Fun! Places of Spectacle in Ancient Rome"

Past Web Lecture on January13th 2021 with Livia Galante

Come and Discover:


How in Ancient Rome feast days were often connected with public games and performances.

The Romans loved attending to spectacles s so much that a satirical poet called Juvenal complained that his fellow citizens were only fond of “panem et circenses” that is “bread and circuses”, to be fed and entertained. 

We will therefore explore the different types of buildings used for the variety of games the Romans loved: from the Circus Maximus, mainly used for chariot races, to the Stadium of Domitian for athletic competitions, from the Colosseum, where bloody games went on to the theaters for plays, from the “Odeion” or auditorium for the music to an artificial lake were mock naval battles went on, understanding that these did not take place in the Colosseum….

The lecture has been recorded for you!

Course Curriculum

  Zoom Link
Available in days
days after you enroll

Sign Up Here

Livia Galante

is known around town as the “Queen of Ostia” having bowled over princes, prelates, politicians and people with her love and knowledge of the ancient site. Livia has her Doctorate in archeology from La Sapienza and is exceptional at making the ancient stones come to life and recount the stories of the ancients who tread on them, the technique of the engineers who laid them and the world that circulated around them. She describes herself as, “Italian by birth, Archaeologist by education, and Tour Guide by a passion to share beauty”!