Project meeting in Rome, Italy, May 2005

Date: 2006-04-14

The small meeting of the first year project was held in Rome, from the 23rd to 28th of May, 2005. German and Italian students and teachers at this meeting participated.
The programme of the meeting included:
o the guided tour of Rome- realized by the Italian students,
o two extraordinary study visits: at Ostia Antiqua and at Vulci,
o working on our common product of the first year, newsletter issue 1.
The study visits
OSTIA ANTICA is 28 km far from Rome and not far from the Tiber bend. It is divided into the ancient village, which was founded in 830 by Pope Gregory IV and is nowadays an agricultural centre, and of course the archeological zone. According to the legend, Ostia was founded by one of the seven kings of Rome, Anco Marzio, in the 7th century B.C. — Walking down the Decumanus, the main street in Roman towns and looking at the many magnificent buildings and sitting in the ancient theatre, admiring the mosaics of the thermal baths, we started to collect impressions about private and social life as well as the architectural skills during Roman time.
When we visited VULCI, Mrs Anna Maria Curci and her students informed us that in the Etruscan society women were equal to men, having autonomy and privilege far above that of other ancient women in the Mediterranean world. The high position of women in Etruscan society set them apart from Greek and Roman society. They were highly literate and used this in their religion.
Etruscan men and women, married or not, participated freely in public places—in activities that in Greece or Rome only female entertainers or prostitutes could be present.
Etruscan men ate with their wives, being covered with the same blanket at the table. The Greek Theopompus felt a great distaste for such behavior at mealtime. Etruscan women also attended public games. Their privileges were comparable to those of men. The Romans repeatedly made war against the Etruscans and finally put a stop to their superior culture.
The visit started at the ticket office with a brief explanation of the plastic model and of panel which shows the ancient inhabited area. Then we reached Vulci`s remains. Crossing the Western gate we entered the Etruscan city and walked on the basaltic Roman street (the Decumanus, of course), we reached the Big Temple and the near brickwork building and abided building. We went on visiting the domus of the criptoportico and the habitations next to the crossing between the cardo and the Decumanus. We saw the ruins of the Northern gate and walked through the forest, which is a typical example of the Mediterranean environment, up the Pellicone lake. It was great walking some yards in the water, having a picnic and having fun together!

Project meetings with friendly linked partner schools are always a special experience. The five day long meeting of two school classes and one Comenius project group will be well remembered by everybody involved. Overwhelming were both the impressions of the historical metropolis as well as the warm welcome at the airport and the meetings in school and with families.
The German students and teachers impressions
Visiting our Italian friends was great. The welcome at the airport and in the school, the stay in the host families and being together with Anna Maria and her kind pupils was all uniquely superb. The well chosen and organized tours of the city of Rome and the archaeological excursions gave us a lot of meaningful historical information. During the study visits we have observed two different beautiful landscapes. We will remember well all the many experiences throughout our stay, for example during the bus and train journeys, the free time at the rock-framed Pellicone Lake or on the beach of Ostia.
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Group photo in Vulci
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Pellicone Lake