Hi, I’m Joe Wood; I’ve recently finished my undergraduate degree in Archaeology and History. I volunteered to lead a seminar on Roman history because I had greatly enjoyed studying my topic of teaching, the Ostrogothic kings of Italy. I lead a seminar titled “The city of Rome and the Gothic War” which focused upon the importance of Rome in a world where the Byzantine Empire had become a superpower and pushed the eternal city to a peripheral kingdom as power shifted east. I was interested in teaching this because it allowed me to expand my knowledge on the Ostrogothic kings and the gothic war, as I had written my dissertation on the first Ostrogothic king of Italy, Theodoric the Great. Ultimately I was very interested to share my knowledge on the Gothic War and greatly enjoyed doing so.