Monuments of Christian Rome 2017-2018 (Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology)

Moumenti di Roma Cristiana, a seminar series at the Vatican's Pontifical Institute for Christian Archaeology in Rome with weekly visits to ancient and medieval archaeological sites, will be held from November 2017 to April 2018. This course is open to students and scholars from all relevant disciplines, and can be taken for college credit.

The course examines in detail the Christian and Jewish catacombs, the burial grounds near St. Peter's, early Christian churches in the historic center and suburbs of Rome, and period artifacts now in museums and private collections. Many of the site visits are by special arrangement to places not ordinarily open to the public, including the Jewish Catacombs of Vigna Randanini and Sculpture Museum at the Catacombs of Pretestato.

The course may be taken on its own or with the Institute's Introduction to Christian Archaeology (Corso di iniziazione alle Antichità cristiane). Tuition for all lessons and visits is euro 800. The language of instruction is Italian. For information and registration, contact the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology, viale Napoleone III, 00185, Rome, Italy. Tel. 0039-064465574; email

November 14 - 9 a.m. Introductory Lesson; 3 p.m. Santa Rosa necropolis at the Vatican (Carla Salvetti)
November 20 - 3 p.m.,  La catacomba di Vigna Randanini (Danilo Mazzoleni)
November 28 - 3 p.m., La Catacomba di Domitilla (Philippe Pergola)

December 4 - 3 p.m. Questioni agiografiche in relazione ai monumenti
analizzati (Stefan Heid)
December 18 - 3 p.m. Chiesa di Santa Sabina (Olof Brandt

January 15 - 3 p.m. Lesson on L’area archeologica sotto San Giovanni in
Laterano (Lucrezia Spera)
January 16 - 10 a.m. Visit to L’area archeologica sotto San Giovanni in
Laterano (Lucrezia Spera)
January 22 - 3 p.m. Il battistero lateranense (Olof Brandt)
January 29, 3 p.m. Lesson on il complesso di San Paolo fuori le mura (Lucrezia Spera)
January 30 - 10 a.m.  Visit to il complesso di San Paolo fuori le mura (Lucrezia Spera)

February 5 - 3 p.m. La basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (Fabrizio Bisconti)
February 19 - 3 p.m. Il Cimitero di San Callisto (Vincenzo Fiocchi Nicolai)
February 26 - 3 p.m. Le strutture liturgiche delle chiese (Stefan Heid)

March 5 - 3 p.m. Lesson on Ostia tardoantica e cristiana (Philippe Pergola)
March 8 - 9 a.m.  Visit to Ostia tardoantica e cristiana (Carla Salvetti)
March 12 - 3 p.m. Il complesso di Sant’Agnese fuori le mura (Olof Brandt)
March 20 - 3 p.m. La catacomba di Priscilla (Vincenzo Fiocchi Nicolai)

April 10 - 3 p.m. Il museo di Pretestato (Fabrizio Bisconti)
April 16 - 3 p.m. Le collezioni paleocristiane dei Musei
April 24 - 3 p.m. Museo e collezione epigrafica di San Paolo fuori le mura (Danilo Mazzoleni & Giorgio Filippi)
April 30 - 8:30 a.m. - Exams