The Italian Cultural & Community Center presents Ostia Antica, The Port City of Ancient Rome
The Italian Cultural & Community Center will host a special lecture on the ancient city of Ostia. Ostia Antica, The Port City of Ancient Rome will be presented by Louis F. Aulbach and Linda C. Gorski of the Houston Archeological Society.
Aulbach's current work is a series of self-guided walking tours to the archeological sites in the city of Rome, Italy, which he is co-authoring with his colleague Linda Gorski. The first volume of the series, Along the Aurelian Wall, was published in 2015.
The ancient city of Ostia lies at the mouth of the Tiber River, about 15 miles southwest of the center of Rome. Founded as a military camp in the 4th century BC as a defense against invasion from the sea, Ostia grew into a large commercial center as Rome stabilized the Mediterranean area in the late 1st century BC. Ostia, as the port of Rome, flourished during the imperial era, but as Rome declined, so did Ostia. The city was abandoned in the 6th century AD due to hostile attacks and malaria. Eventually, the city was covered with sand and silt from the flooding of the Tiber. Excavations, beginning in the 19th century and continuing today, have revealed an archeological site that has been remarkably well preserved since ancient times.