Rome’s enduring contribution to world civilization can, and should, be communicated in a way that combines the hard facts, solid reasoning, and new discoveries of university research with the excitement and immediacy of on-location filming in Rome. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million.
Ancient Rome Live (ARL), which launched April 21 (Rome's birthday!), 2015, is an immersive journey that provides new perspectives about the ancient city. A multi-platform learning experience, ARL first and foremost presents original content:
- a library of videos arranged according to topic
- live streaming on Periscope and Facebook Live from sites in Rome and her empire.
ARL provides an interactive platform to engage the many layers of Rome: monuments, people, places, and events. History is ever relevant, and studying Rome's past is a way to understand so many issues (mass migrations, geopolitics in Europe and Middle East, sustainability of mega cities) that originated with the Romans themselves!
Ancient Rome Live is a valuable resource for teachers- and a lot of fun for anyone interested in history.
Middle/ High schools
Parkway South High School, Manchester, MO
There is no one else I know engaging ancient Rome with various media like Darius Arya. The content offered through Twitter/Instagram/Periscope and Ancientromelive.org is invaluable to my teaching and my students' learning.J
Jason Tiearney, Latin Teacher, Parkway South High School, Manchester, MO
Columbus Academy - Middle School Rome Assembly with Dr. Arya, director of AIRC
In 8th grade Latin class we started around the first or second week of April to read and listen to a News Show (all in Latin) about the Birthday of the city of Ancient Rome - dies natalis urbis, which is April 21 or, as the Romans would say, the 9th day before the Kalends of May (ante diem undecimum Kalendas Maias). The students learned about Livy and his historical account of the history of Rome (Ab Urbe Condita). They also learned about the topography of Ancient Rome, with its seven hills, the Forum Romanum and the Imperial Fora. Since I have been following Dr. Darius Arya, archaeologist and director of the American Institute for Roman Culture (AIRC), on his live tweets from Rome (on Twitter: @saverome) and live streaming (via an app called Periscope: periscope.tv/saverome), I thought it would be really cool if we could bring a part of Ancient Rome live into our school, the Columbus Academy. In fact, Darius agreed to talk to our Middle School students (about 350 students) in an assembly that had as theme Rome’s birthday (here is the video link: MS Rome Assembly). Darius connected with us live and we saw him on the big screen via the Apple TV.
The theme of the assembly was Rome’s birthday. But we also talked about the bigger theme of why it is critical to preserve ancient monuments. Students discussed why it strikes a nerve when terrorists blow up ancient temples like the temple of Baal in Palmyra; and they had a chance to ask Dr. Arya about the importance of preserving ancient sites. We had only 10 minutes with Darius live from Rome but students were able to raise some other questions such as what was it like to be on the history channel or what has been the Roman Institute for Roman Culture’s most amazing find in Rome (a statue of Marsyas now permanently housed in the Montemartini- Capitoline Museums annex museum!).
What was fascinating also was the effect of combining high tech (Periscope, Apple TV) and low tech: Darius pointing with his finger was like a laser beam pointing out the Capitoline and Palatine hills, the temples of Saturn and Vespasian, the arch of Septimus Severus, the Senate house (Curia) with the Rostrum and the Pomerium, the Basilica Julia and the various roads leading from the Capitoline hill to the Roman Forum. What an incredible experience and what a culmination for a lesson on ancient Rome. Gratias tibi agimus!
And the best of all: we will have a chance to see Dr. Darius Arya again this fall, this time live and in person as he will attend a conference of school and college faculty, sponsored by the Ohio Classical Conference and held here at Columbus Academy where Dr. Arya will be the featured speaker.
Franz Gruber, PhD, World Languages Department Chair, OCC President 2015-16, Latin Teacher
I want to compliment the AIRC for developing the ancientromelive.org website. I am a college professor and will be teaching a faculty lead, science based study aboard course this summer (2016) entitled Water Systems of Rome: Ancient to Modern. I am using your website as a resource to introduce our students to ancient Rome. Your website video collection is a cornucopia of facts, myths and legends, a wonderful one stop shop of knowledge for anyone interested in the eternal city. Although I have been to Rome a number of times exploring the ancient ruins, I have learned so much watching your videos that I never appreciated. I can’t wait to go back this summer with a much better perspective on Rome and its history. My students and I find that the short videos targeting key subjects, along with Darius Arya’s excellent and passionate narration, help you to retain information. They have also helped to build a good deal of excitement about our excursion to Rome. Thanks Again.
Professor of Geology
University of Connecticut
Meet the team!
The American Institute for Roman Culture leads the ARL platform, with the help of many expert colleagues. What you view is the product of decades of living and working in Rome as university-level Ph.D instructors, researchers, and scholars.
- Darius Arya, Archaeologist and TV host, Founder, director, producer
- Albert Prieto, Archaeologist, Chief film and editing
- Andrea Troiani, Animator
To become involved, as contributor or connecting your school to ARL: firstname.lastname@example.org
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