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The Department of Classics and the Faculty of Humanities was pleased to welcome Prof. Paolo Carafa of the University of Rome, “La Sapienza,” to campus on Thursday, 1 November. Prof. Carafa delivered a scintillating paper, “Atlas and Biography of Ancient Rome,” in the Great Hall of the University Club to an audience of faculty, students, alumni and other members of the McMaster community. Prof. Carafa’s interests range from Magna Grecia to Roman urban landscapes. He has examined cityscapes in ancient Latium and worked to reconstruct topography and landscapes in Italy including Etruria, Basilicata, and Calabria, and at sites such as Volterra, Pompeii, and Veii. Since 2009 he has directed excavation on the Palatine Hill in Rome.

His visit to McMaster is part of a developing partnership that will include the exchange of graduate students between the universities, including the Department of Classics. It will open opportunities for Canadian students to not only work with the Italian university, but also to develop first-hand experience with the archaeology of Rome and Italy. This initiative will significantly expand McMaster’s global reach and will open doors for hands-on research for all involved. Concomitantly, it will provide opportunities for internationalization for Italian students and experience for them in the North American academic system. Additionally, the program will facilitate involvement by both Canadian and Italian students in McMaster’s fieldwork projects, including Metaponto in Italy and therein shrink the distance between Hamilton and the Mediterranean. This type of partnership is impossible without great efforts on both sides, and for this reason, too, we are grateful for Prof. Carafa’s visit to McMaster.

 

 

 

Faculty, students, alumni and other members of the McMaster community gather in the Great Hall of the University Club to hear Prof. Paolo Carafa.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Spencer Pope, Associate Professor, Classics (McMaster University) introduces Dr. Carafa before his talk and announces a developing partnership between McMaster University and the University of Rome, “La Sapienza.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. Paolo Carafa delivers his paper, “Atlas and Biography of Ancient Rome,” at McMaster University (November 1st, 2018). Since 2009 he has directed excavation on the Palatine Hill in Rome.