Hadrian's Villa


The present website is an integral part of a multi-year fieldwork project of Columbia’s Advanced Program of Ancient History and Art (APAHA) that investigates the villa of the emperor Hadrian (117-138 CE) at Tivoli, in central Italy.
As is well known, this villa, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list, is exceptional both in its size and for the complexity of its structures, which draw on the artistic and architectural heritage of Egypt, Greece, and Rome; moreover, it has exercised strong influence on modern architects and artists ever since its rediscovery in the Renaissance.
Besides documenting APAHA’s archaeological fieldwork at Hadrian’s Villa, the database aims at a comprehensive coverage of the long history of engagement with the site by scholars, architects, and artists from the 15th century on. A work in progress, it will include the extant remains (for which a systematic photographic campaign is envisaged, among other things) as well as those parts that were documented in the past and have since disappeared. It will also cover the several dozens of artifacts found in the villa that are currently dispersed in museums and collections throughout the world.
The database is being developed in coordination with the Archaeological Superintendency of Lazio.
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