Gianni Ponti, IES Abroad Rome Professor, will appear on an upcoming television documentary, “How Nero Saved Rome,” airing on The National Geographic Channel on Monday, September 20 at 8:00 PM (CST).
The documentary explores the fire that destroyed most of Rome in 64 AD, as well as Emperor Nero’s controversial role in its inception. Scholars have traditionally accepted the version of ancient historians who blame Nero for starting the fire in order to build the Domus Aurae, one of the greatest imperial palaces in the ancient world. Professor Ponti contributes his expertise on ancient Roman history and construction techniques to help illuminate other possible interpretations of events.
Professor Ponti also offers his expertise to IES Abroad students studying abroad in Rome, who have the opportunity to learn through classroom lectures and hands-on field studies about the time period and the Neronian monuments addressed in the documentary.
Don’t miss Professor Ponti’s expert commentary on the dramatic reconstruction of the great Roman fire in “How Nero Saved Rome,” airing on The National Geographic Channel on Monday, September 20 at 8:00 PM (CST).