Lecture: Teotihuacan: Rome of the Ancient Americas

Wednesday, March 1, 2023 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Penn Museum 3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Around 100 CE, a huge metropolis began to emerge in the Basin of Mexico, one the Aztecs would later call Teotihuacan, or “Birthplace of the Gods.” It quickly came to dominate the region, and, with its completely new urban grid-plan, contained as many as 150,000 people. Its two gigantic buildings, the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, were surrounded by smaller temples, plazas, and a thousand or more apartment compounds. They were all once richly painted in dazzling colors and complex designs depicting twisting feathered serpents, prowling jaguars, storm gods and water goddesses, priests, warriors, and lords. But its history has long been a mystery, and we are only now beginning to understand its importance and impact on ancient Mesoamerica.

Speaker: Simon Martin, Associate Curator and Keeper in the American Section, Penn Museum and Adjunct Associate Professor Anthropology, UPenn

The event will be live, on-site at the Penn Museum and will be live streamed for anyone who would like to attend the lecture virtually.


$15 General

$10 Member

$5 Virtual

Event Type: 
Guest Speaker
Historical Preservation / Archaeology