2017-2018 Shohet Scholars Awards

For Immediate Release
April 30, 2017

2017-2018 Shohet Scholars Awards

The officers and directors of the International Catacomb Society are pleased to announce the Shohet Scholars for 2017-2018:

Lindsey Mazurek (Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada): “Mapping Religious Communities Across the Ancient Mediterranean: The Ostian Connectivity Project.”

This project examines the social ties that defined religious associations at Roman Ostia by charting the complex layers of relations that facilitated the movement of goods, people, and ideas in and out of Rome's port. By examining inscriptions related to Jewish, early Christian, Isiac, and Mithraic communities with social network analysis and GIS data, Dr. Mazurek’s research offers new social and spatial information about how religions were practiced under the Roman Empire. The Shohet Scholars grant will fund Dr. Mazurek’s first season of field research, which will include database expansion and digital mapping.

Ilenia Gradante (Römisches Institut der Goerres-Gesellschaft) and Davide Tanasi (University of South Florida): “Languages, formulas and identities in the Christian community of Syracuse in Sicily: the case of the Catacombs of S. Giovanni.”

The San Giovanni Catacombs are an impressive example of a Late Antiquity communal cemetery. Epigraphic formulas, linguistic choices and onomastic data prove that the local ruling class, clergymen and foreigners, preferred this cemetery: it was a society still influenced by classical reminiscences and yet able to express consciously its devotion to the new creed, on the basis of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The aim of the project is the systematic review and 3D digitization of published and unpublished epigraphic material from the cemetery, offering the first comprehensive survey of this community, published in an open access digital format.

Robert Tykot (University of South Florida) and Andrea Vianello (Independent Researcher): “Mobility in north-eastern Italy between the Late Roman and Byzantine periods: the view from stable isotopes.”

This ambitious and interdisciplinary research will carry out strontium isotope analyses for the first time on Late Roman and Byzantine individuals buried in southern Veneto and Emilia-Romagna in Italy to investigate the mobility of these ancient people at a time of great changes and migratory movements. The research will reveal social mobility in Veneto and Emilia-Romagna, the effective impact of Late Antiquity migrations across the region and provide the strongest clue yet on who founded Venice and who lived in the Byzantine Empire of Ravenna.

We congratulate these scholars on the quality and impact of their work.


Annewies van den Hoek                                                      
Chair of the Shohet Scholar Program Committee           
Vice President, International Catacomb Society              

Jessica Dello Russo
Executive Director
International Catacomb Society

About the Shohet Scholars Program:

The Shohet Scholars Program of the International Catacomb Society (ICS) desires to support scholars of demonstrated promise and ability who are judged capable of producing significant, original research within the sphere of the Mediterranean world from the late Hellenistic Period to the end of the Roman Empire. Of special interest are interdisciplinary projects that approach traditional topics from new perspectives.

One or more Shohet Scholars will be selected each year and supported for a period of one year. Grants may be made to seed innovative approaches and new ideas or to cover specific expenses or phases of a larger project under the direction of the applicant. At this time, awards in the range of $2,000 to $30,000 will be made.

If you have any questions about the suitability of proposed projects, application procedures, or any other matters related to the Shohet Scholars Program, please consult the ICS website or contact ICS at shohetscholars@catacombsociety.org.

In Memoriam: International Catacomb Society Director John William Pye (1948-2016)

Excerpts from the tribute of International Catacomb Society President, Alfred Wolsky, to deceased board member John William Pye (1948-2016):

"I want to offer a few words regarding John William Pye, member of the International Catacomb Society Board of Directors, who was tragically and unexpectedly taken from us in the summer of 2016.

John was one of the best friends I've ever had.  I met him at Trinity College when we were students.  He was a year ahead of me.  After he graduated in 1970, he attended what was then known as ETS, the Episcopal Theological Seminary, now the Episcopal Divinity School, where he received a Master's in Divinity (M.Div).  He was very much devoted to his faith, and was deeply involved in all the church venues he attended, whether the Old North Church in Boston, or parishes in Weymouth, Quincy, or on Cape Cod.  Originally, he was involved primarily in outreach work: in college, he ran a program called "Give a Hand to a Boy."  Thereafter, for a number of years, he ran the Quincy Boys' Home, and stewarded many of his protégées out of the perilous and apparently hopeless environments which had previously fostered them, to placements in colleges or other professional training institutions, all done with a firm but generous and caring guidance, and with unique perception and skill which can only be classified as talent, even genius.  

Ticknor and Fields payment to author Celia Thaxter (Trinity College Library Collection, gift of John W. Pye).

It was during this time relatively early in his adult career that John intensified his book collecting interest and in the fashion which was typical of what he did, built up out of a very tight budget the second largest collection of Ticknor and Fields imprints in the world.  Ticknor and Fields as the Boston publishing house which published the first American editions of Charles Dickens, as well as, inter alia, Longfellow, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Alcott and Poe.  John's collection included royalty checks signed by Hawthorne and Poe, galley sheets from Longfellow's "Evangeline" with the author's handwritten corrections, and first editions of everything from Thoreau's Walden to Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, wherein the author insisted that the title of the book be printed in red ink!  John was also the foremost collector of Edward Arlington Robinson.  That collection had started while he was still in college.  With all these treasures in his possession, John became a major book dealer and vital presence in the annual Boston Antiquarian Book Fair, as well as a core member of such groups as the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Book Dealers Association.  

After he sold his huge Ticknor and Fields and Robinson collections to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he moved to Brockton, Massachusetts, put in a swimming pool, and, on my influence, I am proud to say, began collecting books and other materials relating to Ancient Egypt.  I think it is fair to say that he became the leading ancient Egyptian category book dealer in the world.  His customers typically included collectors as devoted as himself and major universities and museums around the world.  He handled the dispersion of James H. Breasted's own book collection (I have in my possession a xerox he sent me of the original copy of Breasted's Ph.D. thesis written in Latin), sold original watercolors done by the archaeologist Howard Carter, and trafficked in diverse Egyptiana: shabitis, other small statuary and artifacts, all the while developing a consuming scholarly interest in his subject.  John was responsible for publishing some of George Reisner's work which had spent decades untouched in the basement of Boston's Museum of Fine Arts (MFA).  He was a main personality in the MFA's Friends of Egyptian Art and Trustee of the Watkinson Library in Hartford, Connecticut.  And John could mix effortlessly in any crowd, that is, until he became political...

From the International Catacomb Society perspective, we have lost a board member who brought with him a tremendous wealth of practical experience on diverse boards of both religious and lay outfits, of dealing with people of every background and persuasion, and, moreover, someone ready to lend his voice and strong opinions when needed during our meetings.  From my own viewpoint, I have lost a dear friend, and ask for a moment of silence in his honor and memory.  

- Alfred H. Wolsky, Esq, President, International Catacomb Society

 John William Pye obituary (link).


Il Mosaico del Catino Absidale di S. Pudenziana: Presentazione al Museo della Cripta Balbi il 4 maggio 2017

Presentazione del libro di Matteo Braconi - Il Mosaico del Catino Absidale di S. Pudenziana.  La storia, i restauri, le interpretazioni (Todi: Tau Editrice, 2016).
Giovedi, 4 maggio 2017 ore 16:30
Museo della Cripta Balbi
Via delle Botteghe Oscure 31, Roma
- Maria De Nonno (Università degli Studi di Roma Tre)
- Sible de Blaauw (Radbout Universiteit Nijmegen)
- Pietro Zander (Fabbrica di San Pietro in Vaticano)
Moderatore: Fabrizio Bisconti (Università degli Studi di Roma Tre/Pontificia Commissione di Archeologia Sacra)
Sara' presente l'Autore, il prof. Matteo Braconi (Università degli Studi di Roma Tre/Pontificia Commissione di Archeologia Sacra)
(clicca qui per informazioni sull'acquisto del libro)

“Le catacombe della Tuscia viterbese. Contributo alla storia del territorio nella tarda antichità e nell’alto Medioevo.” Convegno a Soriano nel Cimino il 23 settembre 2017

Convegno a Soriano nel Cimino il 23 settembre 2017: “Le catacombe della Tuscia viterbese. Contributo alla storia del territorio nella tarda antichità e nell’alto Medioevo”.

Fonte: NewTuscia – SORIANO NEL CIMINO – "Il patrimonio storico che fa della Tuscia viterbese un luogo d’eccezione non comprende soltanto le celeberrime vestigia etrusche e medievali che caratterizzano il suo territorio ma anche un cospicuo e poco conosciuto numero di catacombe, che stanno a testimoniare la capillare diffusione, nella zona, del cristianesimo sin dai suoi albori e una serie di santi-martiri di grande importanza e venerazione.

A quasi trent’anni dalla pubblicazione del volume di Vincenzo Fiocchi Nicolai, I cimiteri paleocristiani del Lazio. I. Etruria meridionale – (Monumenti di antichità cristiane 10), edito nel 1988 nei tomi PIAC – Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana – Roma, una pietra miliare nella storia degli studi su questo tema, si può dire che da allora l’argomento è stato riaffrontato soltanto in maniera di riportare le catacombe viterbesi all’attenzione non solo del mondo scientifico ma anche a quella di un pubblico più esteso, che conta in questo territorio un gran numero di appassionati e cultori del territorio con le sue vestigia storiche, e vuole fare il punto di quanto è cambiato dall’’88 a oggi, quali sono state le nuove scoperte e i nuovi studi, cosa si è perduto e cosa invece è venuto ad arricchire il patrimonio già noto.

Nel convegno verrà quindi presentato lo stato della questione da coloro che si sono dedicati allo studio dei singoli complessi, così come le specifiche tematiche d’insieme, quali le strutture generali degli impianti funerari, le testimonianze epigrafiche, quelle pittoriche e agiografiche che tanta parte svolgono nel culto dei santi martiri.

La scelta di Soriano nel Cimino quale sede del convegno, non è casuale, dato che nel suo territorio ricade la frazione di Sant’Eutizio, luogo della chiesa e delle catacombe intitolate al Santo omonimo, la cui figura svolse un ruolo di grande rilievo nel diffusione del cristianesimo nel viterbese e il cui culto è ancor oggi molto sentito a livello popolare.

In occasione del convegno e a sua chiusura verranno inaugurati i restauri effettuati dalla Pontificia Commissione di Archeologia Sacra della catacomba, che necessitava di una ricognizione a livello generale; questo intervento rappresenta un importante contributo al mantenimento in vita o del luogo sacro e all’opportuna fruizione da parte del pubblico.

Il convegno è promosso dalla Pontificia Commissione di Archeologia Sacra, dalla Soprintendenza Archeologia, belle arti e paesaggio per l’area metropolitana di Roma, la provincia di Viterbo e l’Etruria meridionale, dalla Università della Tuscia e dal Comune di Soriano nel Cimino ed è coordinato da un comitato scientifico composto da docenti e ricercatori degli enti promotori (Francesca Ceci, Elisabetta De Minicis, Vincenzo Fiocchi Nicolai, Giancarlo Pastura, Alfonsina Russo).

E’ possibile iscriversi, già da ora, inviando una e-mail all’indirizzo: museo@comune.sorianonelcimino.vt.it."

Press release.  


Scholarship for Graduate Study at Vatican’s Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology in Rome (Deadline: 31 May 2017)

(10 April 2017 - PIAC.it) The Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology offers an annual scholarship of 7.200,00 euros for qualified applicants, no older than 35 years of age, for the Propedeutic Course of the Institute ad doctoratum. The program for this cycle of lessons for the PIAC doctorate is here.
Proficiency in the Italian language is required, as well as a graduate degree or equivalent diploma. For students from countries where the Bologna process is applied, a second cycle is required. For other countries, the university degree must be of at least four years.
All applicants are required to submit (before May 31st of the year prior to instruction at the Institute) the following to the Rector of the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology with an attached cover letter:
a) Document such as birth certificate including the following information: place and date of birth, residence, nationality.
b) Transcript including grades received in each course, as well as all examination scores.
c) Copy of the degree thesis and other original works (edited or not).
d) CV indicating all the languages which the candidate knows or has studied (proficiency in Italian is required; Latin and Greek are also indispensable for reading literary and epigraphic sources).
e) Letters of recommendation from at least one university professor, under whom the candidate has worked or works, or has completed some study activity or research.
f) Any documentation indicating the candidate's activity in the field of Christian archaeology (i.e. scholarships, excavations, congresses...).
g) Seven passport size photos.
Applications that do not contain all required documents or that arrive later than May 31st will not be considered. Photocopies of degrees, although not validated, are acceptable. Documentation will be returned to all candidates after review.
The council of professors at the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology will review all applications and notify the winner. Within 15 days of notification, the winner must accept the established norms: that he or she will not seek any other form of fixed remuneration during the duration of the scholarship. Furthermore, the student is expected to complete all requirements according to the program at the Institute. Assistance at all lectures is obligatory for all subjects.
The payment of the scholarship will take place each month, from November to June, in the amount of 900,00 euros. In addition to assisting regularly at all lectures within the course of specialization, the winner is expected to actively participate in the life at the Institute: library, photo archives, publications, guided visits, special courses, cataloguing, etc. and other the institutional activities.

Prof. Danilo Mazzoleni, Rector of the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology (President of Commission)
Mons. Giovanni Carrù, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archaeology (Vatican)

Contact information:
Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology
Via Napoleone III, 1 I-00185 Rome
tel. 0039-064465574/fax. 0039-064469197
Secretariat: segreteria@piac.it
Website: www.piac.it.

Passover/Pesach 2017: Elijah’s Chair

Chag Pesach sameach to all celebrating the Passover Feast, in commemoration of the liberation of the Jews from slavery in Ancient Egypt, and their enduring covenant with G-d.  
One of our favorite Passover traditions is the invitation to the the Prophet Elijah to pull up a chair, in a manner of speaking.  This is when a glass of wine is poured after the Seder Graces (the "fifth cup"), the door to the room is opened (or a window to the outside), and the Prophet is welcomed in.  Children watch closely to see if the wine has gone down in the glass, meaning Elijah has, in fact, graced the Seder with his presence.  They get so excited when it appears that the liquid has gone down a bit, as if someone has taken a sip!  Something does seem to happen.
Pardon the pun, but Elijah's chariot has crossed our path recently for a different reason, as we fine-tune the International Catacomb Society's DAPICS collections for your browsing pleasure.  The story is something of an Elijah mystery, too, on many levels.  It all started with an old drawing that, for a moment, we couldn't quite place: the caption said "Callisto":

Then, it hit us, as you no doubt were ready to point out, that "Callisto" was the default location for most catacombs in the area of the via Appia Antica until the De Rossi era, the mid-19th century. Of course, it was Domitilla!  In the so-called "Orpheus Chamber":

(Link to PCAS photo) 

Also in the caption for this image is the identification "Elijah taken up in a chariot of fire," although initially we went with "big shot chariot driver waving the mappa (actually held by a racing official)."  As the chamber name "Orpheus" indicates, the site of the fourth century CE is decorated with a mixed bag of motifs, Biblical-themed and otherwise.  The Elijah scene is on the chamber's right side, in the back lunette of an curved niche tomb (arcosolium), framed in the inner archway by a repetitive lattice-like motif.  The photograph in the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archaeology archives reveals that images on the walls around the niche include a praying figure (orans) at left, Noah in the ark directly above the niche opening, and the resurrection of Lazarus (?) at right.  

Does the lunette scene really depict 2 Kings?  Elijah and faithful sidekick Elisha, who receives his mentor's cloak as it is dropped from the whirl wind or chariot of fire?  Is the other guy at right a stand-in for the "fifty prophets" who would acclaim Elisha as Elijah's successor?  It's hard to tell - loculi were cut into the wall at the bottom and top of the scene, eliminating Elijah's head as well as the backdrop (if any) between the figures at the sides, and the PCAS photograph in black and white (from a Wilpert image) does not provide higher resolution of the details.

Then the beauty of the new DAPICS search engine, still in beta, kicked in: we typed "Elijah" as the criterion and got some helpful hits.  The first was, obviously, the actual scene in the ICS's Joseph Wilpert Study Collection.  But there were others.  One we confess to having forgotten about completely is in the Catacombs of Marcellino e Pietro (ICS Historical Collections, n. 1212; also in the Wilpert):

The DAPICS search engine also came up with a more explicit Elijah scene in the wooden doors of Santa Sabina in Rome (422-440) - a good time to point out that ICS belies its name; it's not just "into" catacombs, but all cultural aspects of the age: 

(Screenshot of the Ascension of Elijah - Santa Sabina, copyrighted to Annewies van den Hoek).  

The Domitilla scene and tentative identification began to make more sense once we looked at the last group of images in the search results, variations on one scene, again in the back lunette of a tomb, though this time largely intact, in the via Latina/via Dino Compagni catacomb in Rome (ICS Historical Collections, n. 0276 - brighter on Google StreetView):

Here the figure at right emerges as a shepherd, tending to some oblivious sheep.  Four horses are galloping over the top of their heads, and Elisha, as an old man, dressed in spotted animal skins, extends both hands upward to receive the cloak being thrown to him by Elijah, already on his way.  Consistent with the overall quality of the Dino Compagni painting program, the figures are detailed and multi-dimensioned, only the shepherd is rendered a bit larger and more confidently than the other two, even though he and his sheep have little relevance to the Biblical narration.  What he shares in common with the Hebrew prophets is his presence in the wilderness outside of civilization.  The backdrop for all is a rocky outcropping pierced by a scattering of trees and scrubs.  The shepherd, lounging on a rock, stocked with tools and provisions, and seemingly not at all surprised by unfolding events, is the one most at home in the site.  A stand-in for a divine helper, like the angel giving Elijah a hand with the ascent in the Santa Sabina doors?  Or referring in some mystical capacity to the connection of nature to the divine? Or just stock imagery that fills the space? (some scholars do not even mention him).  We halt on the threshold of more speculative discussion, because part of the fun is awaiting the revelation.  May Elijah soon be among us!  And, in this Passover/Easter season, may peace and love be warmly received at all our tables.   



“Drugstore Necropolis” on the via Portuense Open Weekends

Beginning Saturday, April 8, 2017, the so-called "Drugstore Portuense" necropolis will reopen to the public for free on weekends (excluding major holidays), from 10:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.  This program follows a "series of unfortunate (and criminal) events" in the site since its mid-20th century discovery, culminating with a recent arson attempt in 2015.  The non-profit Associazione InUrbe Cultura 3.0, in collaboration with the Soprintendente per l’Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio di Roma, arranges the visits the Roman-era remains of tombs and service structures near the ancient via Portuense (and the new display space will house older artifacts from this suburban area of Rome, such as the grave goods from a warrior's tomb dating between 3700 and 2300 BCE). To reserve a Necropolis Portuense tour, contact InUrbe Cultura 3.0 at 329.5342684 or by email: inurbe.cultura3.0@gmail.com.  The itinerary takes groups through the "Drugstore Gallery", a piece of a more extensive burial grounds of the first to fifth centuries CE, uncovered in the 1960's during construction of a commercial-residential complex in the shadow of the oil refinery "La Purfina".  The most striking funerary monuments are the chambers carved into the tuff with brick facades.  Although for the most part the ceilings and upper wall areas of these structures are missing, there are still conspicuous traces of decoration in paint, stucco, and mosaic, as well as evidence of incineration burials in clay or marble containers, and inhumation burials in trenches or wall recesses, or in clay or marble sarcophagi (some examples in situ).  The appearance of this roadside area was also impacted significantly in Antiquity by quarrying of a reddish tuff, a key ingredient in Roman concrete and known as "tufo lionato," or "tufo di Monteverde," which was extracted with both "open" or "tunnel" excavation techniques. The necropolis, in fact, was constructed on the fringes of this industrial site, close to the fork in the road which provided two routes for reaching the coast (via Portuense and the older via Campana, or "Salt Route").  Chamber tombs of the same era and style, found in a separate excavation of the via Portuense Necropolis in the site of the "Pozzo Pantaleone," so-called for the presence of a large cistern, are now on display in the Museo Nazionale Romano delle Terme di Diocleziano, and even more of the burial grounds has been detected below the via Belluzzo, via Ravizza and the historic Vigna Pia, as well as the grounds of the San Camillo hospital, where epigraphic evidence points to cemetery plots in use into the Middle Ages.  

Address: via Portuense, 317, Rome (11th municipal region).  

Photographs of the Necropolis Portuense in the Italian dailies La Repubblica (including niche with what looks like sausages and a rosetta bun!) and Il Messaggero.

Photo credit: SITAR (Sistema Informativo Territoriale Archeologico Roma).



Human Remains from the Campus Judaeorum in Trastevere Buried in Jewish Cemetery at Prima Porta, Rome

April 4, 2017 - The Chief Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Rome, Rav. Riccardo Di Segni, has announced the reburial of the skeletal remains of thirty-eight individuals, including two children, that were unearthed by archaeologists during renovation work on Palazzo Leonori, originally constructed in 1927 over a Jewish cemetery in use between the Late Medieval and Early Modern eras.  The work is now complete on the Viale delle Mura Portuensi, 33 for the new tenant, the insurance agency Assicurazioni di Roma (AdiR).  Coordinating and carrying out the reburial were representatives of the Jewish Community of Rome and Israeli experts on the ritual process of transferring and interring human remains according to Orthodox Jewish tradition and belief.  In Rav. Di Segni's words: "We (the Jewish community) have fulfilled an important precept which teaches great respect for life and the human body until it returns to the dust from whence it came."  The original Italian text of the report is below.

++ Comunicato del Rabbino Capo Di Segni ++
Sono stati sepolti al cimitero di Prima Porta di Roma i resti scheletrici risalenti al Medio Evo e ritrovate nel "Campus Iudeorum" di Trastevere durante gli scavi per la nuova sede di Adir. Alla sepoltura ha provveduto una squadra di esperti arrivata appositamente da Israele in stretta collaborazione con la Comunità Ebraica di Roma che ha permesso che i resti scheletrici venissero trasportarti e inumati nel più breve tempo possibile e nella rigida osservanza della legge ebraica. "Abbiamo avuto il merito di adempiere ad un importante precetto che insegna il grande rispetto dovuto alla vita e al corpo umano fino al suo ritorno alla polvere dalla quale è stato preso.
Lo dichiara in una nota il Rabbino Capo di Roma Riccardo di Segni.

Source: http://www.romaebraica.it/comunicato-rabbino-di-segni-sulla-sepoltura-dei-resti-scheletrici-ritrovati-a-trastevere/.

Image: Hebrew epitaph from the Campus Judeorum now in the Lapidary Collection at the Church of San Paolo fuori le Mura, Rome.  International Catacomb Society, n. 3702.

Visite straordinarie alle catacombe ed altri antichi sepolcri a Roma nell’ aprile 2017

Mercoledi 5 aprile alle 15:00 - Visita alla Catacomba di Monte Stallone a Formello (RM).  Appuntamento:  Via della Villa 101 a Formello.  Biglietto 5 euro+contributo per la guida 2 euro.  Contatto: Amici MAV: 3388248687; www.amicimav.wordpress.com/.

Venerdi 7 aprile ore 17,00.  Visita guidata con permesso speciale all'area archeologica del sepolcro degli Scipioni.  Appuntamento: Via Porta S. Sebastiano 9, Roma, un quarto d'ora prima dell'inizio della visita.  Costo della visita guidata, comprensivo di diritti di prenotazione, biglietto di ingresso e noleggio auricolari: 14 euro.  Per prenotare chiamare o inviare un messaggio (sms o whatsapp) al 3333380505, oppure inviare una email a disilviopaola@yahoo.it , indicando nome,numero dei partecipanti e lasciando un contatto telefonico per eventuali comunicazioni.

Sabato 8 aprile 2017, ore 16:00 - Mausoleo di S. Costanza e basilica di S. Agnese.  Appuntamento : 15 minuti prima dell’inizio della visita Via Nomentana 349.  Contributo visita guidata comprensivo di biglietto di ingresso: € 8,00 adulti dai 18 anni compiuti per Associati Gaudium; € 13,00 adulti non Associati Gaudium; gratuito under 18 anni non compiuti accompagnato da un adulto.  Prenotazioni via mail a : visiteguidate@associazionegaudium.it indicando un recapito telefonico entro e non oltre il venerdì mattina antecedente.

Sabato 8 Aprile 2017 ore 16:50 - Sepolcro di via Statilia (apertura speciale) e la Tomba del fornaio a porta Maggiore.  Appuntamento: Via Statilia angolo via di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme.  Costo della visita 15.00 €.  Per ulteriori informazioni su questa visita guidata: 3205560439 visite@romasotterranea.it; www.romasotterranea.it.  

Domenica 9 aprile 2017.  Open Day ai Castelli Romani (RM).  Visite gratuite alla catacomba "Ad Decimum" a Grottaferrata.  Programma completa delle visite al sito: www.visitcastelliromani.it.  A cura del GAL Colli Albani "B. Martellotta". Orario di visita: 10.00-12.30 / 16.00-18.30. Tutte le domeniche non coincidenti con festività.  nfo: 3409619736 - lor.bongirolami@tiscali.it - http://www.gruppoarcheologicolatino.org.  

Domenica 9 Aprile 2017 ore 11.00 - Visita guidata gratuita di un tratto dell'antica via Nomentana tra Ponte Nomentano e il Sepolcro di Menenio Agrippa.  Appuntamento: via Nomentana 434.  Visita guidata a cura del dott. Carlo Persiani.  Prenotazione obbligatoria allo 060608. http://www.sovraintendenzaroma.it/cosa_facciamo/attivita_sul_territorio/didattica/un_tratto_dell_antica_via_nomentana_tra_ponte_nomentano_e_il_sepolcro_di_menenio_agrippa5.

Domenica 9 Aprile 2017 alle 14.45 - Il Sepolcro degli Scipioni.  Appuntamento: Via di Porta San Sebastiano 9, all’ingresso dell’area archeologica.  La visita guidata prevede una quota di partecipazione di euro 8 a persona a cui va sommato il costo del biglietto d’ingresso: intero euro 4; ridotto euro 3. La prenotazione è obbligatoria.  Informazioni e prenotazioni: “L’Asino d’Oro” Associazione Culturale; cellulare: 346 5920077; e-mail: info@lasinodoro.it.

Domenica 9 Aprile 2017, alle 17:00 - Ipogeo degli Aureli con permesso speciale.  Appuntamento: Via Luigi Luzzatti, 2b (15 minuti prima dell’inizio della visita).  Contributo per la visita guidata (10 euro) + Biglietto d’ingresso e chiamata del fossore (10 euro).  Le prenotazioni sono obbligatorie, si possono effettuare inviando un sms al 331.59.90.381 oppure scrivendo un’e-mail a: info@associazionevesta.com.

San Sebastiano Ville Romane: Calendario delle visite per aprile 2017: 
15 Aprile 2017 ore 15.30
29 Aprile 2017 ore 15.30
30 Aprile 2017 ore 11.00
30 Aprile 2017 ore 15.30
7 Maggio 2017 ore 11.00
13 Maggio 2017 ore 15.30
20 Maggio 2017 ore 15.30
21 Maggio 2017 ore 11.00
Appuntamento: davanti alla Basilica di San Sebastiano fuori le mura, Via Appia Antica, 136, davanti all’entrata della stessa.  Costo: adulti: 12 € (ingresso+visita guidata); bimbi gratuiti fino a 12 anni, gruppo minimo 8 persone.  La prenotazione alla visita guidata è obbligatoria e deve essere effettuata almeno con una settimana di anticipo prima della data prevista al seguente indirizzo: villeromane@catacombe.org, info: ass. Frati Minori Lazio Onlus presso Basilica di San Sebastiano, Via Appia Antica 136 - 00179 Roma, Tel. 067850350.  

Giovedi 20 aprile alle 9: Le catacombe di Priscilla
Appuntamento: via Salaria, 430, Roma.
prenotazioni@romasparita.eu (link)

Domenica 30 aprile, alle 10: le Catacombe di Sant'Agnese, la Basilica Onoriana ed il Mausoleo di Santa Costanza sulla Nomentana.  Appuntamento all'ingresso in via Nomentana n. 349; quota di partecipazione comprensiva di ingresso e prenotazione euro 20 adulti, euro 10 minori di 14 anni, gratis sotto 6 anni. Per informazioni e prenotazioni chiamare i nn. 0692939974; 0661661527; 0766840578; cell. 3281640180, oppure scrivere a segreteria@romoloeremo.com; www.romoloeremo.com.  

Domenica 30 Aprile 2017 - Catacomba Ad Decimum.  Via Anagnina 4 - Grottaferrata
A cura del GAL Colli Albani "B. Martellotta". Orario di visita: 10.00-12.30 / 16.00-18.30. Tutte le domeniche non coincidenti con festività.  Prenotazione obbligatoria a 3409619736 - lor.bongirolami@tiscali.it - http://www.gruppoarcheologicolatino.org.

Domenica 30 april 2017 alle 15:00 - Sepolcro degli Scipioni
Via di Porta San Sebastiano, 9 - appuntamento 15 minuti prima della visita ore 14:45
Costi: La visita guidata prevede una quota di partecipazione di euro 8,00 a persona (gratis under 18) per Associati Gaudium, € 13,00 per non associati.
Prenotazioni entro il venerdì antecedente via mail a : visiteguidate@associazionegaudium.it indicando numero partecipanti e un numero di cellulare di riferimento.

Conferenze sulle catacombe romane nell’ aprile 2017/Lectures on Roman Catacombs in April 2017

Alle origini dell’epigrafia devozionale cristiana: la Memoria Apostolorum sull’Appia Antica
Conferenza di Antonio E. Felle
Mercoledi 5 aprile 2017 alle ore 17 conferenza_felle_
Conversazioni di Archeologia: Conferenze organizzate da Terra Italia Onlus in collaborazione con il Museo di Palazzo Altemps.
Teatro di Palazzo Altemps Via di Sant’Apollinare, 8 – Roma

Workshoptalk on a Dissertation and Its Future Lives
AAR Shoptalk by Fellow Jenny R. Kreiger
Monday, 10 April 2017 - 6:30pm
Studio 309, American Academy in Rome
via A. Masina, Rome.
Program (AAR): "This interactive “talk” takes the form of a studio visit where, rather than display the objects I study, I display the process of making my dissertation. Over the course of four years of dissertation writing, seven years of graduate school, and eleven years of research in my field, I have written hundreds of pages, taken thousands of photographs, built databases, drawn illustrations, graphed networks, catalogued inscriptions, visited archives and museums, learned to paint fresco and chisel marble, and crawled into a lot of tombs, all to tell a story about how manual laborers contribute to cultural change. Where do I take my research from here? Focusing on the methods of research and writing more than on the products, I ask the audience to help me envision new directions for my work on funerary labor in late antiquity."
Jenny Kreiger is the Emeline Hill Richardson/Samuel H. Kress Foundation/Helen M. Woodruff Fellowship of the Archaeological Institute of America Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow in Ancient Studies at the American Academy in Rome and a Ph.D. Candidate in the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Michigan.
The shoptalk will be held in English.
Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome.