Subject 06: Arezzo Etruscan & Roman city, Gaius Cilnius Mecenate

Download the Comic of Arezzia

Supervisors Mrs. Cardot (I) | Mr. Martin (F)
Students Alessandra Bruschi (I) | Lionel Dovenon (D) | David Marques Gonçalves (L)
Carmela Di Maria (I) | Cédric Bouchart (D)
Marika Rucco (I) | Anna Jäger (D)

The legend of Arezzia

Our task was to devise a comic. We went to visit the Amphitheatre of Arezzo, where we shot some video but also took many pictures. We uploaded all the material onto a computer, before writing some dialogues. The pictures we had previously taken inspired most of the dialogues in which we tell the history of Arezzo: how the town got its name and where it came from. We discovered the forefathers of Arezzo (Arezzia – the name of the daughter who according to legend named the town) who worked in the Amphitheatre, which is also where the father perished. we also took a picture of a special tree (because of its bent shape) – its stem is not geared upwards but leans toward the right and legend has it that this is Arezzia’s shadow hanging over her parents.

All of Arezzo’s residents know this tale.

All in all, I am very happy with the work we have done. I made the first and last page together with the German students. The Italian students who know the story well proposed the dialogues. The first couple of days we mainly took pictures and read up on the legend. the following days we spent on the comic itself.

Over the course of this week, I learned how to make a comic and working with Prezi. It was a beautiful experience.

David Marques Gonçalves


Supplementary information

Arezzo, founded around the 5th century B.C., it is one of the main Etruscan cities; according to ancient texts it belongs to the Etruscan league. The city produces exceptional artefacts, such as the Chimera of Arezzo, a bronze statue, conserved at the National Archaeological Museum of Florence (Grand Bronze Room).

During the 3rd century B.C. the city falls under the control of the Romans, who turn it into a ‘municipium’ and rename it ‘Arretium’. The city becomes a very active centre of metal production and above all coral-coloured semian ware, hence its name ‘decorallini’.

Established as a free town of Tuscany in 1098, Arezzo pursues its development over the following centuries. Various towers and a protective wall make their first appearances.

The power of the town increases further during the 14th century under the lordship of the Tarlati family and a second protective wall is built. In 1384, however, the city falls under the dominion of Florence and debuts a slow decline.

In the 16th century, under Cosme, the 1st, of the Medicis, Arezzo undergoes many transformations, amongst which the construction of the citadel and a third protective wall, works directed by Giuliano da Sangallo and Antonio da Sangallo the Young.

Under Napoléon the 1st, Arezzo becomes the county seat of a French borough of the department of Arno, established on May 30th, 1808 as a part of an administrative re-organising commandeered by the Emperor in Italy and abolished on May 30th 1814 after the fall of the Empire.