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Discover Rome

Published: 11 March 2014
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In addition to our current range of courses and events studying Rome, we are proud to announce a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)- The Archaeology of Portus: Exploring the Lost Harbour of Ancient Rome.

The University of Southampton today launches a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), giving people the opportunity to explore Portus, the ancient port of Rome.

The 'Archaeology of portus MOOC’ will enable anyone to study online, for free, wherever they are in the world – while benefitting from the decades of research carried out by the University’s Portus Project at this historic site located around 30 miles from Italy’s capital city. The MOOC requires no previous experience, there is no admission interview and no need to have ever studied online or even in higher education.

Registration for the MOOC is now open and the course starts on Monday 19 May 2014. It will formally finish on Sunday 29 June 2014.
The course will last six weeks, each requiring two to three hours of study per week. There will be recorded lectures, carefully selected readings, planned learning activities and online formative multiple-choice tests. A discussion forum will promote lively debate around weekly topics and help build an online community centred on particular areas of interest.

If you would like to know more or to register for the ‘Archaeology of Portus MOOC', please visit:, take a look at the video here: or explore the links below to find out more from the Portus Project.


Other ways to Discover Rome

Lifelong Learning offer a 3 week summer field course based in Portus, allowing you to get hands on experience in the field.  Find out more here.

In February 2014 Lifelong Learning also offered an evening course looking at the urban expansion of ancient Rome.  Although booking for 'The City of Rome' has closed you can view the overview of the course in our Archaeology evening course archive.


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