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Our day in Rome! -- Florence Session 2

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On Wednesday we left the beauty and wonder of Florence for a different kind of beauty and wonder in Rome. While Florence was originally an Etruscan settlement, most of what remains is Medieval and Renaissance; in Rome we focused on the ancient! After a short rest at the St. Stephen's School, we began our tour of the Forum. Crispin Corrado, one of Calder Classics' teachers based in Rome, gave a wonderful and in depth tour of the Forum and the Palatine Hill. The Forum and Rome's ancient remains gave the students a great opportunity to experience the physical manifestations of some of the stories and myths they have been studying in Latin. 

After the Forum we dashed off to see a contemporary art installation by the South African artist, William Kentridge, on the banks of the Tiber. Kentridge created enormous cut-outs and cleaned around them to leave vast, reverse images behind. Ida Panicelli, a friend of Meg's and a well-known art critic, gave us a wonderful presentation of the work. Ida explained the ways in which Kentridge had entwined the ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and modern aspects of Rome and Roman culture into a complex commentary on present-day social and political issues.

Afterwards it was time to return to Florence: hot, tired and sated :)

 Isaiah and Henry brave the early(ish) train to Rome

Isaiah and Henry brave the early(ish) train to Rome

 Margot and Emma take a quick break in the courtyard of St. Stephen's School

Margot and Emma take a quick break in the courtyard of St. Stephen's School

 The whole group at the foot of the Palatine Hill

The whole group at the foot of the Palatine Hill

 The Forum!!

The Forum!!

 Crispin and the students admire Nero's staircase

Crispin and the students admire Nero's staircase

 William Kentridge's 'Triumphs and Laments'

William Kentridge's 'Triumphs and Laments'

 Ida contextualizing the installation

Ida contextualizing the installation

 The students and the 'Triumphs and Laments'

The students and the 'Triumphs and Laments'

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