Facere, restituere, ornare:

An analysis of building activities through inscriptions

Dr. Silvia Gazzoli

IMT School for Advanced Studies, Lucca

The aim of this presentation is to investigate the constant dialogue between epigraphic evidence, archaeological remains and written sources regarding building activities in Roman times. Inscriptions usually preserve important information for understanding society, history and relationship in the ancient world. Besides, epigraphic evidence allow to reconstruct the social, economic and, often, administrative context of the activities that led to the construction of buildings or to the modification of inhabited centres’ landscape.  These documents, in association with literary or technical sources and archaeological remains, lead us to the analysis of the architectural plans’ various phases, from the materials’ production and commerce to the renovation or reconstruction of damaged buildings or to the ruins’ spoliation.

This presentation will examine Roman epigraphic sources regarding (re)building activities, their funding and their historical and social contexts.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022, 14:15

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