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
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.