Il Valle dei Tempi: Michele, standing on the same massive altar on which I’m sitting, finishes taking a picture of the beautiful landscape behind me (the kind of landscapes the ancient Greeks loved to frame as the backdrop for their monumental buildings); Kim smiles for a picture I’ll guess Sue is taking; some other tourists walk by after having admired the sight; and Prof. Boyd smiles as she calls our attention to begin her lecture on this one impressive temple of several others in the archaeological park. The ruddy color on the inner temple walls persists as evidence to the capture and subsequent burning of the town by invading Carthaginians around 406 BC. One of the defining parts of our trip was having among us two expert scholars—Prof. Boyd and Prof. Gavioli—to enlighten us with their lectures, answer our questions and ask some thought-provoking ones, and point out things that we otherwise would have probably missed. Between them, the juxtaposition of ancient Roman and Greek themes with more contemporary, literary Italian ones, helped to place each topic in better context.