BSR Online Lecture | Elite housing and the transformation of Rome's eastern Caelian in the first–fourth centuries


Thea Ravasi (Newcastle)

This event will be in English.

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This lecture discusses the role of elite housing in the transformation of Rome’s Eastern Caelian in the 1st-4th centuries CE, focussing in particular on the re-assessment of Roman properties excavated in the 1940s and ‘70s in the Ospedale di San Giovanni in Laterano in Rome. It will also introduce Rome Transformed SCIEDOC, a tool for scholarly debate on 3D visualizations that responds to the International Principles of Virtual Archaeology (Seville Principles 2011) and that will be used for 3D visualizations produced in the Rome Transformed project ( 

Thea Ravasi is based at Newcastle University, where she works as Research Associate for the ERC-funded Rome Transformed project with Ian Haynes (project PI) and Paolo Liverani. She has a degree in Classics and a Specialization Diploma in Classical Archaeology from Milan University and a PhD in Classical Archaeology from the University of Perugia. In 2018 she joined the BSR as Fellow for six months. She has researched on the architectural design, archaeology and decoration of a range of cultural and social contexts, from the villa of Hadrian in Tivoli, to elite domestic architecture in Rome, Pompeii and Herculaneum, to the more sombre Roman colonial houses of Northern Italy. During her fellowship at the BSR she worked at the reassessment of the archaeology of the thermal complex underneath the Lateran Baptistery in Rome. Her current research focuses on the transformation of the Eastern Caelian in Rome, by looking at the social, cultural and economic relationship between elite residences and imperial properties and on the archaeology of imperial economy.