Oct. 10th: Montemartini Museum, Porticus Octaviae, Temple of Apollo Sosianus, Theater of Marcellus, Tiber Island

Today the faithful and daring FSPers departed on another world wind adventure filled with blood, sweat, and tears. Well not really the blood and sweat parts but the tears are still up for debate. We began our beautiful day (which was actually just another sudden downpour of rain) each giving a presentation on a portrait of individuals throughout the history of the Roman Empire starting from the Early Republic (100 B.C.) to the decline of the Empire at the end of the 3rd Century C.E. Anticipation and constant anxiety grasped at our minds as we patiently waited for our dutiful fate. Our main take away for the day: Thomas looks a lot like Caracalla…stay tuned for further reports on this interesting discovery.

After our mini oral reports the group separated for a MUCH needed lunch break to quell our exasperated efforts, our exceptional reports, and because if we didn’t have some sort of caffeine very soon we would not be able to make it through the rest of the day.

As the day progressed we made our way to the Portico of Octavia to witness another magnificent structure that has sadly been buried beneath the street level or just destroyed all together. However! With the power of technology (and our imaginations) Professor Ulrich was able to show us a picture of the Portico of Octavia using his handy-dandy IPad. The FSPers continued their fateful adventure onward to the Theater of Marcellus where our lovely TA, Katelyn Burgess, gave an oral report on the site. Filled with excitement and despair (due to another downpour) we quickly took cover under an arch at the Theater of Marcellus to allow Katelyn to finish her report. Afterwards, we learned a valuable lesson that you can’t learn in the classroom and it dealt with the classic motto “if they didn’t see it, I didn’t do it”. We ended our day with a relaxing walk to Tiber Island in which we witnessed the earliest intact bridge built over the Tiber River during the Roman Empire, “The Bridge of the Four Heads”. As we witnessed the sun setting in the distance glistening off of the beautiful green water of the Tiber River we ended yet another FSP adventure.


Bretticus Pontifex Maximus


Portrait presentations!


“And here is my good friend Augustus”

Jin has the Augustan head tilt down.


It's a little hard to concentrate with all of these emperors staring at you.


The tripartite beard is sooooooo Severan.

So attentive.


Thomas and his doppelgänger.


Lucas fits right in with the 3rd century soldier emperors.

Is that an incised beard I see?

Anxious for the afternoon lecture to start.

Note taking and…looks of suspsion? Usually that look is reserved for the announcement of a quiz…


The columns of the Temple of Apollo Sosianus loom over the damp students.


Look at that theater! Such archeological eye-candy.


Daring the slippery slopes of Tiber Island.

” Is is real?”

Lucas and his new buddy.


Behold the Pons Fabricius, the only Roman bridge still spanning the Tiber.




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