- A scholarly day in Rome designed around your interests and your guide’s expertise
- Led by Dimo, Archaeologist
- Capitoline Museums, Colosseum, Baths of Caracalla, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum, Mithraeum of Circus Maximus, Palazzo Massimo, and National Museum at the Baths of Diocletian
During his studies at “La Sapienza” University of Rome, Dimosthenis participated in several national and international projects, including the study of Latin epigraphy and Roman pottery as well as several archaeological excavations. In Rome, these excavations included the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and the Mausoleum of Augustus; outside of the city, they covered Falacrinae, Segni and Albano Laziale in collaboration with the British School at Rome and the German Institute of Archaeology in Rome. His work as an archaeologist led him to carry out research in classical art and architecture, exploring, in particular, the relationship between iconography and architecture as ancient Greek and Roman artistic expressions. Dimosthenis completed his Ph.D. with a thesis on temple architecture in the Italian peninsula during the Republican period. During his Ph.D. studies, he had the chance to study abroad in Paris and Athens, participate in survey campaigns, such as the “Filottete Project” in the area of Cirò Marina and Strongoli in the region of Calabria region, and in Asia Minor on the east coast of Turkey.
- Delve into the layers of Rome, beneath the city streets, and explore archaeological sites often overlooked. Dimo will introduce you to public, private, and even secret structures spanning centuries of Roman history. From the Roman apartments of the Vicus Caprarius to the mysterious Mithraeum under the Circus Maximus, you discover the evolution of Roman life and society and how these sites continue to be studied and cared for today.
- Once you've explored Rome's major archaeological monuments, the city's museums that hold the treasures of these monuments should not be missed. From the Capitoline Museums, which trace the entire history of Rome through every day objects and fine art, to the Baths of Diocletian, to the Palazzo Massimo which features outstanding examples of Greek and Roman sculpture, Dimo will illuminate the relationship between the iconic ancient architecture in Rome and the domestic, ceremonial and propagandist objects in these outstanding collections.
- For a day with a lighter dose of archaeology and a deeper dive into history and living architecture, Dimo relishes meandering through the neighborhoods of Testaccio, built on a huge mound of discarded ancient Roman amphorae, the Jewish Ghetto, home to ancient columns and an active synagogue, and Campo de’ Fiori, site of a daily open-air market. Exploring these areas, you will learn to read the visible layers of ancient Roman temples, Renaissance residences and opulent Baroque churches, rounding the day out with a traditional aperitivo.
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- Do you have any mobility concerns?
- Who are you traveling with? What are their ages and interests?
During his university studies at “La Sapienza” in Rome, Dimosthenis participated in several national and international projects, such as the study of Latin epigraphy and Roman pottery as well as various archaeological excavations in different areas of Rome (Roman Forum, Palatine, Mausoleum of Augustus). His work as an archaeologist brought him to carry out research in classical art and architecture, exploring in particular the relationship between iconography and architecture as ancient Greek and Roman artistic expressions. Dimosthenis completed his Ph.D. with a thesis on temple architecture in the Italian peninsula during the Republican period. This topic became his area of expertise. His knowledge of archaeology, ancient art history and Roman architecture is the key that he uses to share his unique perspective on the Eternal City.