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The Italian character of Spaghetti and the Importance of the Intercultural Exchange

Occasionally, someone will speak of the real origins of spaghetti. It is one of those questions close to our hearts but it’s hidden behind a truth...
Olie Oil (Part 1)

All About Italian Olive Oil: The Good, the Bad and the Amazing (Part 1)

As a boy, olives were one of my favorite things. I especially loved black olives. I'd eat them at holidays, but I'd also have them for snacks. I...
Mario Del Chiaro and Lisa Pieraccini in an Etruscan tomb at Cerveteri, 1997. Courtesy of Dr. Lisa Pieraccini

People Behind the Center for the Study of Ancient Italy at UC Berkeley

In the last issue of L’Italo- Americano we featured the planned Center for the Study of Ancient Italy at the University of California Berkeley. This...
Left to right:  Consul General Mauro Battocchi, Lisa Pieraccini (Project Director of the Center at UC Berkeley), Anthony Cascardi (Dean of Arts and Humanities at UC Berkeley) and Andrew Stewart (former Chair of the Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology at UC Berkeley). Photographs courtesy of Dr. Lisa Pieraccini

Expanding the View of Ancient Italy at UC Berkeley

On May 6, 2015, UC Berkeley’s ambitious plan to establish a Center for the Study of Ancient Italy was officially launched with a reception at the...
An accomplished military leader, Spartacus,  led a major slave rebellion against the Roman Republic in the 1st century BC.

Slavery in Ancient Rome (Part two)

For the next 27 years, slave uprisings seemed to be a thing of the past. During this time, however, gladiator games had become one of the more...

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