Tuesday, June 5, 2012


On Saturday, the engineering students boarded a bus for a short trip to visit the ancient Roman settlement of Italica. The city was founded in 206 BC by Roman general Publius Cornelius Scipio as a settlement for the Roman soldiers who were wounded in the Battle of Ilipa against the Carthaginians. The city grew to be the most important Roman outpost on the Iberian peninsula and was the birthplace of two Roman emperors, Trajan and Hadrian. Now that is history that goes back a ways!

More Italica photos...

Our guide for the visit was Austin Wheeler. Austin is a staff member at the Texas Tech Center in Sevilla and a PhD student at Tech. He did a great job.

The city included a 20,000 seat coliseum where gladiators fought for the entertainment of the citizens. Our students found great photo opportunities as they explored the stadium floor and passageways.

This is a bronze plate engraved with the rules that governed the gladiators

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