(Read in Italian) According to Darius Arya, director of the American Institute for Roman Culture in Italy, Rome isn’t a subject to be studied in a classroom, but rather a fascinating and vibrant city that should be lived and touched with the hands. It is a city filled teaming with history; a city that has impacted civilization greatly and which continues to have relevance today.
Darius has the desire to film a documentary called “Digging History” that will explore many aspects of Rome and her history that will be used by everyone as an on-line free resource. At the moment he is trying to raise $10,000 to finance his educational production.
In Darius words: I am a Roman archaeologist, and I fell in love with Rome for obvious reasons. Living in Rome, I see it as an important launch pad to talk about many related issues of cultural heritage and the relevance of past societies in our contemporary realities. Working in Rome and directing a US non profit (American Institute for Roman Culture), I’ve had the privilege to gain access to many of Rome’s hidden and inaccessible treasures and stories. Now it’s time to give those sites and stories a voice, which can be used to excite people about history and cultural heritage!
Digging History will be a one hour engaging, educational video (broken up into 5-10 minute podcast segments) that discovers and explains many aspects of Rome’s rich heritage. Hosted by Darius Arya, an archaeologist and frequent historian tv presenter, his colleagues (historians, archaeologists, videographers, historical and cultural experts) of the American Institute for Roman Culture (a non-profit 501(c)3 educational organization) and photographer and Instagrammer Nicolee Drake (cucinadigitale), the show will bring viewers behind the scenes and learn about topics in art, archaeology, history, architecture, sustainability, conservation, religion and politics, from experts (archaeologists, conservators, historians, architects and engineers) as they conduct their work, giving fun, accessible insights on the city and the people and events that shaped it, and continue to shape it.
Darius and his team of experts have almost reached their objective and with our assistance we can help them hit their target. With a small monetary donation through the Kickstarter website, we can also roll up our sleeves and jump into the archeological trenches, so to speak, and help Dario make his documentary which will tell the great stories of Rome. I just did. Now it is your turn to get involved in Rome’s history!
Learn more about Digging History on the Kickstarter website: