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Monday, May 24, 2010

What do you know about Athens in the Roman Period? (Cameo)

This post I'm adding is a special collaboration from a special eTwinner: Alexandra Melista from Athens! If you want to know more, please read it and have a look at the ppsx presentation about Hadrian's gate Greek pupils made.

Everybody knows about Athens in the classical period. How many people know about the city’s history in the Roman period? What do you know about the city’s plan and monuments in this era? How has the architecture of those monuments influenced modern constructions? Which Athenian monument do Vitruvius and Varro mention in their works? How is the so-called “Romanization process” reflected on the city plan and the monuments? What are its particular characteristics? What happened in 267 AD in Athens?
Imago urbis is a web quest e-twinning project about the different types of urban settlements in the Roman Empire (Italy and provinces). Written sources, mainly in Latin, are taken into account in order for the students to reflect on the connection between language and civilization. Our school (Πειραματικό Λύκειο Αγίων Αναργύρων, Athens) prepared a series of power point presentations. We have attempted to give background knowledge about the roman conquest in the Greek world and present the most important monuments in Athens in this particular era.
Students worked in teams, collected and evaluated the web material focused mainly on history and archaeology. They compared the information they gathered with the results of the research published in journals and books. They located Latin authors, who have mentioned in their work certain Athenian monuments, and they searched for English translations and lists of architecture terminology in Latin. They tried to combine texts and photos, process maps or ground plans and form concise texts in English including all information a student of their age would need to know about the topic. At the same time, they tried to guess and answer all questions a student, who does not know much about Roman Athens, would have.
You can have a look at our power point archives in this address: http://new-twinspace.etwinning.net/web/p23844/welcome you will also have the opportunity to check your knowledge with the games we have created.
Here is the power point presentation of one of the most emblematic Roman period monuments in Athens, still standing in the modern city’s center, the Gate of Hadrian:

Alexandra Melista (Πειραματικό Λύκειο Αγίων Αναργύρων, Athens)

This is a work of the eTwinning project Imago urbis.

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