Imperial Residences in Italy, Antoninus Pius to Maxentius: a study in Architecture and Functions
Classical Archaeology; Ancient Architecture; Ancient Urbanism; Roman History; Social and Economic History of the Ancient World
My thesis is a study of the functions of imperial villas in Italy, with a focus on the 170-year time span subsequent to the construction of Hadrian’s villa, until the transfer of the capital to Constantinople. My research will look at imperial villas as one of the main settings for imperial activities, with the purpose of identifying the forms in which these residences provided emperors with a codified setting for the performance of activities connected to their role. My primary field of research is Roman Archaeology, with a particular emphasis on dwellings, ancient architecture and wall painting. I am also interested in the social and economic history of the Roman empire, ancient urbanism and trade patterns in the Mediterranean.
S. Fortunati – A. Poletto, 2019, Pitture frammentarie dalle indagini archeologiche sotto le Terme di Traiano a Roma, Scienze dell’Antichità XXV, 189–192.