PArCo Thursdays

10 February 2019

From the portrait of Giulia Domna to the Constitutio Antoniniana: starting from February 14th, the Curia Iulia will host every Thursday a series of conferences open to the public.

The Senate of ancient Rome opens its doors once again to welcome the “PArCo Thursdays”: a series of conferences, scheduled every Thursday at 4.30 pm from February 14th to April 4th, in the beautiful location of the Curia Iulia. It represents a unique opportunity to create a cultural space dedicated not only to presentations of volumes and dialogues between specialists and key personalities from the cultural world, but also to in-depth discussions on current exhibitions promoted by the PArCo and anticipations of future projects.

The initiative, realized in collaboration with Electa, confirms the vocation of the Curia as a living cultural space devoted to debate. The meetings – destined to become a regular appointment – provide a number of opportunities to strengthen the link between the city and archaeology, reaffirming the strategy that the Parco archeologico del Colosseo, directed by Alfonsina Russo, is constantly pursuing.

The birth of the Western State and the Constitutio Antoniniana, the relationship between women and power, through the figure of Giulia Domna, the meeting with the former director of the Bardo National Museum Moncef Ben Moussa, together with a preview of the themes of “Carthago. The immortal myth” – the exhibition that the Parco archeologico del Colosseo will inaugurate on 27th September – is the first cycle of conferences organised in the Curia Iulia.

Aldo Schiavone, Professor of Institutions of Roman Law, will open the cycle on February 14th with the conference “The Dynasty of the Severi and its Jurists: how the Western State was Born“. On February 21stFrancesca Ghedini, Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology at the University of Padua, will follow with “Women and power: Giulia Domna“; March 7th will see the participation of Luisa Musso, Professor of Archaeology of the Roman Provinces at the University of Roma Tre, together with the archaeologist Matthias Bruno, while on March 28th the Curia will host Moncef Ben Moussa, director of Museographic Development at the Institut National du Patrimoine de Tunis. The cycle of conferences will end on April 4th, with Sebastiano Tusa, Archaeologist and Regional Councillor for Cultural Heritage and Sicilian Identity, with the talk “A battle rediscovered in the waters of the Egadi”.


All conferences are free but subject to availability (100 seats, 30 standing), with access from Largo della Salara Vecchia.