Jewish Catacombs in Rome to Open on Schedule (Select Sundays) Starting in May 2016

Starting Sunday, May 22, 2016, the Jewish Catacombs of the Vigna Randanini, in the Appia Antica Park in Rome, will open to the public on select Sundays.  The pilot program, organized by the tour agency Coopculture in collaboration with the Jewish Community of Rome and the Archaeological Inspectorate for the Appia Antica, the two institutions that jointly oversee the site, is scheduled for two Sundays in May and June (22 May and 5 June), and is expected to resume in the fall.

The special openings of the Jewish catacomb on a fixed schedule are part of a larger program of events for the Jubilee Year 2016,  “Le vie del Giubileo”, which is detailed on the website:

More Jewish itineraries and special events for the Jubilee of Mercy 2015-2016 are listed here.

For tickets to the Vigna Randanini catacomb visits (priced at E. 10), contact: Coopculture (tel. 06 39967700).

Information on how to visit the Jewish catacombs of Rome on alternative dates is here.



@Catacomb Society at #MuseumWeek on Twitter March 28-April 3, 2016

The International Catacomb Society is a partnering institution of #MuseumWeek, Twitter's first worldwide cultural event.  Follow us at @CatacombSociety as we join thousands of museums, heritage sites, and institutions in opening our virtual doors and leading interactive, thematic tours through our site.  To have your own institute take part in Twitter's Museum Week, visit:

15th International Congress of Greek & Latin Epigraphy: CFP Deadline April 30, 2016

The 15th International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy will be held in Vienna from 28th August to 1st September 2017. The main subject of the congress is ‘Languages – Culture of Writing – Identities in Antiquity’.

Proposals to deliver papers on the topics addressed in the congress must be submitted to the organizers by 30 April, 2016.  Details are found in the CFP (English) here.

Sponsoring institutions include the Department of Ancient History, Papyrology and Epigraphy of the University of Vienna, the Institute for the Study of Ancient Culture – Division “Documenta Antiqua” of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and the Association Internationale d’Épigraphie Grecque et Latine (AIEGL).

For further information, contact: Theresia Pantzer ( or the AIEGL:

“East of Byzantium” Inaugural Workshop at Harvard April 13-14, 2016

East of Byzantium is a new partnership between the Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, that explores the cultures of the eastern frontier of the Byzantine empire in the late antique and medieval periods.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 6:15 pm
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
East of Byzantium: Shifting Identities and New Approaches
Anthony Eastmond, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Anthony Kaldellis, The Ohio State University, Respondent

Thursday, April 14, 2016, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Studying East of Byzantium
A workshop for students designed to introduce participants to the study of the Christian East. Led by Anthony Eastmond, The Courtauld Institute of Art.
RSVP required. Register at

For more information, please visit

Archaeological Evidence of Christianity in the Horn of Africa: March 18 Lecture at the PIAC in Rome

Conferenze di Archeologia Cristiana (Anno Sesto 2015–2016)
Serena Massa (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano)
“Le origini della Cristianità nel Corno d’Africa alla luce delle testimonianze archeologiche: la prima chiesa di Adulis”.
Venerdì 18 marzo 2016, ore 17,00
Via Napoleone III, 1 - 00185 Roma Tel: 06 4465574 –

Santa Maria Antiqua in the Roman Forum Open March 17-September 11, 2016

The sixth-century church of Santa Maria Antiqua in the Roman Forum, buried below a landslide in 847, will be open to the public in conjunction with the exhibit "Santa Maria Antiqua. Tra Roma e Bisanzio" from March 17-September 11, 2016.  Entrance is from the Roman Forum, with a combined ticket to the Forum, Palatine and Coliseum.  A multimedia history of the church and its excavation and restoration since 1900 is here.  Ticket purchase information is on the Coopculture website (link).

Photographs of Santa Maria Antiqua (architecture, paintings, inscriptions) are at this link.

“Aula Gotica” at the SS. Quattro Coronati in Rome: Tours in Spring 2016

Starting at 9 am (CET) on March 16, 2016, reservations will be accepted for the May and June tours of the "Aula Gotica" or Gothic Hall in the Monastery of the Church of the SS. Quattro Coronati (Via dei Santi Quattro Coronati, 20, Rome). This meeting hall decorated with mid-13th century wall paintings is open by appointment only by contacting the Contesti Association at:

Opening times:
2016 April 12 and 13; 2016 May 10 and 11; 2016 June 7 and 8
8.30 / 9.30 / 10.30 / 11.30 / 12.30 a.m./ 2.30 / 3.30 / 4.30 p.m.
No more than 20 people per tour group. All tours include a guide (in Italian)
Admission:10,00 euro per person (donation greatly appreciated).

Booking information at:



Saint-Roch Scholarship for Graduate Study in Archaeology at the Vatican’s Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana (Rome)

The Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana sponsors a scholarship for graduate study in Christian Archaeology dedicated to the memory of Mons. Patrick Saint-Roch, a longtime professor and administrator at the Institute.  The Saint-Roch Scholarship is for non-Italian applicants only. This scholarship is in addition to the PIAC's annual Graduate Scholarship, which is open to all.  The deadline to apply to both scholarship programs is April 15, 2016.

Information in English is here or in multiple languages on the website

A native of France, Mons. Saint-Roch published extensively on catacombs (especially those of SS. Marco e Marcelliano), early Christian liturgy, and hagiographic traditions.

The Popes in Rome from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages: Conference, 17-19 March, 2016

(NB: Speakers include ICS Advisor, Prof. Sible De Blaauw (Nijmegen), on "Liturgie als Darstellung des Papsttums vom 6. bis zum 13. Jh.").

Die Päpste und Rom zwischen Spätantike und Mittelalter. Formen der Päpstlichen Machtentfaltung
International Conference
Rome, March, 17 – 19, 2016

Deutsches Archäologisches Institut
Abteilung Rom
Via Valadier 37
00193 Roma

Bibliotheca Hertziana
Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22
00187 Roma

Tel.: 0039-(0)6-48881 461

Den historischen Rahmen der Tagung bilden die etwas mehr als 900 Jahre ab Damasus I., unter dem sich im späten 4. Jh. das römische Bischofsamt erstmals als Institution Papsttum zu manifestieren begann, bis zu Clemens V., unter dem im frühen 14. Jh. die Päpste für rund ein Jahrhundert Rom ins Exil nach Avignon verließen. Dieser Zeitraum umfasst die Entstehung des Papsttums aus dem römischen Bischofsamt in der Spätantike mit der Übernahme imperialer Ideen und Symbole des untergehenden Westreiches, die Etablierung und Ausübung der kirchlichen und der weltlichen Macht im Frühmittelalter sowie ihre Wahrnehmung in den politischen und religiösen Auseinandersetzungen mit den hochmittelalterlichen Herrschern, die mit dem Exil nach Avignon im Verlust der hegemonialen Macht zunächst endet. Das Interesse der Konferenz ist aus archäologischer und kunsthistorischer Perspektive insbesondere auf die Formen der päpstlichen Machtentfaltung in Rom gerichtet und möchte die Selbstrepräsentation und Inszenierung der Päpste in Kunst, Architektur und Baupolitik als Ausdruck ihrer religiösen und allgemein kulturpolitischen Strategien erforschen.
Die Konferenz soll dazu dienen, in exemplarischer Weise charakteristische Momente und Formen päpstlicher Machtaneignung und Machtentfaltung aufzuarbeiten. Die interdisziplinären Beiträge schärfen das Profil des Papsttums in synchroner und diachroner Perspektive. Ziel ist es, Charakteristika, Kontinuitäten, Dynamiken und Differenzen in der Aushandlung, Ausgestaltung und Performanz der päpstlichen Macht zu beleuchten.

Free Tour of the Via Latina Catacombs on Sunday, March 20, 2016

Free tour of the Via Latina/via Dino Compagni Catacombs on Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 10:30-12:00 with archaeologist Giovanna Ferri.  Meeting place: via Latina, n. 258, Rome.  Bring a flashlight.  You must reserve at the following link: (maximum of 4 people in a party).
Event sponsored by the Parco Regionale dell'Appia Antica (

For information about the Via Latina Catacomb: