Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning. — Giotto di Bondone
Without a doubt, the city of Rome, also known as the 'Eternal City' has touched the hearts and minds of many. Proverbs such as "All roads lead to Rome" are no accident but instead come about due to the enormous feats that this empire created, such as an impressive road network of over 50,000 miles spreading its culture, politics, trade, commerce and influence throughout the known world. Other anchievements include the innovative aquaduct system (some of which is still used today), bringing citizens underground sewage systems and ornate public baths.
Though Rome is actually pretty old, it is most certanly a city that stays eternally young. 2773 years ago, on April 21, Rome was founded by the mythical Romulus, who killed twin brother Remus to become ruler and founder.
During a normal year in Rome, people would today be heading to the Circus Maximus aka the tracciato del solco around 3pm to take part in the city's birthday celebrations which include historical reenactments. However, despite widespread stay-at-home orders the city is still currently in full swing celebrating its birthday with a series new webinars, lectures, conversations and videos recording the processions, pageantry, imagery and spectacle in the Forum, Fori Imperiali, Circus Maximus.
In order to follow the fun, we encourage you to check out this page and watch the videos from the American Institute for Roman Culture on youtube, otherwise head to instagram to see the live updates of Darius Arya, Archaeologist Ph.D, public historian, TV host focusing on Rome and its Empire. The official hashtags to follow are #natalediroma #rome753. There is also an exclusive video "Rome Birthday" premiere on the MIBACT youtube channel.
On April 22nd, there will be a kids Q&A – ‘Romulus and the Foundation of Rome: Myths & Reality’, hosted via Zoom at 7pm CET with Darius – sign-up here!
To help celebrate, we encourage you to watch this parade of ancient Romans and a video at the Pantheon.
Enjoy the walk past the Theater of Marcellus, at the foot of the Capitoline Hill, into Piazza Venezia, and then down Via dei Fori Imperiali, for a display of pageantry and military might of legions and citizens and provincials from across the great Roman Empire!