370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
by Jennifer Trimble, Assoc. Professor of Classics, Stanford University
This talk discusses results of the collaborative excavations in the Roman Forum in Rome, Italy, recently carried out by the American Institute for Roman Culture, Oxford University and Stanford University. The talk will be about the Horrea Agrippiana, a large commercial structure built in the 20s BCE along the Vicus Tuscus, a street between the Roman Forum and the Tiber river. Excavations have illuminated the long life of this building, from its precursors in the Republican period to its destruction by fire and flood in the 7th c. CE. Throughout, it retained a commercial function, but changes over time reflect the rise and then the waning of the city's importance. In particular, the lecture will explore the impact of Augustan building projects on Rome and its inhabitants. The temples and other monuments built by the first emperor and his entourage were said to transform the city from brick into marble (Suetonius,Augustus 28), but modern interpretations of this building activity have focused mainly on the finished products. Excavations in the Horrea Agrippiana have provided new evidence of the time, resources and labor required by great building projects like this one. This in turn brings a new perspective to evaluating the impact of Augustus' building program at Rome. The length of time involved, the processes of labor and construction, and the physical experience of construction and transformation had an important ideological impact as well.
This lecture will take place in 370 Dwinelle Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.