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“On the Fringes of the Roman Empire”
June 17 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
A great talk for world history buffs! As a student of world history, Keyvan has visited many remains of the Roman Empire. They include sites in Romania, Andalusia, and Turkey’s Ephesus, as well as several in Italy, especially in Taormina. Among all of those reminders of ancient Rome, two stand out. One is the rock inscriptions in Latin left by the Romans of the 12th Legion in the first century AD in Gobustan, Azerbaijan, near the Caspian Sea, considered the easternmost evidence of the Roman Empire’s penetration. The second reminder is the far more numerous structures left from the “Republic of Volubilitans.” This early 3rd-century complex is lauded by UNESCO on its register of World Heritage Sites, as “an exceptionally well-preserved example of a large Roman colonial town” on the western fringes of the Roman Empire. It is the ruins of that town, located in today’s Volubilis in Morocco, which I will describe today in further detail and with pictures.
This is Keyvan Tabari’s 5th talk before Il Cenacolo. He has been a member of the Club for several years and was elected to its Board this year. Keyvan is a retired attorney in San Francisco, with graduate degrees in world politics and history, and has traveled to several countries and written about them. His works are collected in tabarionline.com and have also been published elsewhere.
Monthly Program Chair: Keyvan Tabari
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