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"Latin inscriptions can tell us as much as we are able to ask them".

The University hosts the premiere of a documentary series on Roman epigraphy in which Santa Cruz de Eslava is the protagonist along with other major European archaeological sites.

FotoManuelCastells/Left to right, Javier Andreu, Ane Urrizburu and Quim Torrents, during the premiere of the documentary series.

16 | 06 | 2022

The desire to know the history and secrets of the Roman inscriptions preserved in different sites and museums in Europe, from ancient Lusitania (Portugal), through Hispania (Spain) and Gaul (France), to Rome, is what led around a hundred people to visit quotation at the University of Navarra. The academic centre hosted the premiere of the documentary series "Valete vos Viatores: from Portugal to Rome", an audiovisual on Roman epigraphy coordinated by the School of Philosophy and Letters and directed and produced by Clau Creative Services S.L., thanks to the support of the Europe Creates programme. thanks to the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

The event, held at the Museum of the University of Navarra, was presented by Professor Javier Andreu, director of Diploma in Archaeology and coordinator of project; Quim Torrents, director of Clau Creative Services S.L; and Ane Urrizburu, student of History, Archaeology and Journalism and protagonist of the audiovisual. In his speech, Andreu said that the project "illustrates very well what the School of Philosophy and Letters offers its students: internationalization opportunities and passion for the knowledge; a passion that the Clau Creative Services team has been able to capture perfectly".

On the framework of the international project "Valete vos Viatores".

In order to take viewers into the secrets of Latin inscriptions, a fundamental means of communication in the Roman world, the production company uses the narrative resource of the journey, "through physical space, through time and through learning", as Torrents explains. Thus, throughout the four episodes of the series, Urrizburu acts as a bridge between the general public and various archaeologists, art historians and specialists in the subject. 

Along with great European sites and lapidaries, such as civitas Igaeditanorum (Idanha a Velha), Burdigala (Bordeaux), or the museums of Aquitaine and the National Roman Museum, one of the chapters focuses on the epigraphic heritage of two Roman cities in our area: Santa Criz de Eslava (Navarra) and Los Bañales de Uncastillo (Zaragoza), in whose research and recovery students from the School of Philosophy and Letters of the University of Navarra are collaborating. In this sense, Javier Andreu stressed at the event the "satisfaction of making them known worldwide".

This audiovisual is one of the results of the project "Valete vos Viatores: un viaje por el Imperio Romano a través de las inscripciones" that the School of Philosophy and Letters launched at the beginning of 2021, in partnership with the universities of Coimbra (Portugal), Bordeaux (France), La Sapienza (Italy), the municipality of Idanha-a-Nova, Trahelium Studio, Clau Creative Services S.L., and the museums of Aquitaine and the National Roman Museum. At framework of project, a video game will soon be released and a final publication will be published that will bring together the experience in the application of Humanities Digital to the study of Roman inscriptions and the transfer to society of their main values.