I am an archaeologist of the ancient Greek world. I received my education in Classics at the University of Pisa and in Classical Archaeology at the University of Messina. Prior to coming to Oxford I was a Fellow of the Italian and British Schools of Archaeology in Athens, of the American Academy in Rome and of the Center for Hellenic Studies at Harvard University. I have worked on surveys and excavations in Greece, Sicily and Albania. Since 2004, I am the assistant curator of the collection of casts of Greek and Roman sculptures at the Ashmolean Museum, and I teach Classical archaeology for the Faculty of Classics and New College.
My research interests focus on the redefinition of the role, functioning and frequentation of Greek religious sites, starting from the combined study of material and written sources. My present work is mainly directed at the interpretation of the archaeology and history of Greek sanctuaries in Late Hellenistic and Early Roman times. Since 2008 I have been directing a team from the University of Oxford in the joint Italian-Albanian-UK excavations at Hadrianopolis (Albania) and have been engaged in the study and publication of the finds from the site. In the last few years I have been able to start fieldwork in sites more directly related to my research on the religious sites of the ancient world: in 2016 I started a new field project in the Plutonium or Sanctuary of Hades at Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli (Rome) and from last year I am involved in the excavations of the Sanctuary of Poseidon and Amphitrite in the Greek island of Tenos.
Reconstruction of a Segment of the UNESCO World Heritage Hadrian’s Villa Tunnel Network by Integrated GPR, Magnetic–Paleomagnetic, and Electric Resistivity Prospections
<jats:p>Hadrian’s Villa is an ancient Roman archaeological site built over an ignimbritic tuff and characterized by abundant iron oxides, strong remnant magnetization, and elevated magnetic susceptibility. These properties account for the high-amplitude magnetic anomalies observed in this site and were used as a primary tool to detect deep archaeological features consisting of air-filled and soil-filled cavities of the tuff. An integrated magnetic, paleomagnetic, radar, and electric resistivity survey was performed in the Plutonium-Inferi sector of Hadrian’s Villa to outline a segment of the underground system of tunnels that link different zones of the villa. A preliminary paleomagnetic analysis of the bedrock unit and a high-resolution topographic survey by aerial photogrammetry allowed us to perform a computer-assisted modelling of the observed magnetic anomalies, with respect to the archaeological sources. The intrinsic ambiguity of this procedure was reduced through the analysis of ground penetrating radar and electric resistivity profiles, while a comprehensive picture of the buried archaeological features was built by integration of the magnetization model with radar amplitude maps. The final subsurface model of the Plutonium-Inferi complex shows that the observed anomalies are mostly due to the presence of tunnels, skylights, and a system of ditches excavated in the tuff.</jats:p>
Sanctuaries and Greek poleis: an architectural approach
Conference in honour of John Boardman on his 90th birthday
A cast, a bird and a queen
Antinous Boy Made God
The exhibition and the book's narrative highlight the range and variety of Antinous' reception and shows how the fascination and reach of his image went well beyond antiquity into the modern world.