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Alessandro Cristofori

Associate Professor

Department of History and Cultures

Academic discipline: L-ANT/03 Roman History

Curriculum vitae

I am associate professor at the University of Bologna since September 2014. My teaching and research activity are in the field of Roman History. My interests focus particularly on the social history of the Roman world, on new digital tools for teaching and research in Ancient History, and, more recently, on the comparison between the Roman Empire and the ancient Chinese Empire.


I am graduated in History (Ancient History) at the University of Bologna, discussing on November 18, 1986 a thesis in Roman History on the project of colonization of Africa by Caius Gracchus. After being admitted to the PhD program In Ancient History (IV cycle) at the University of Rome "La Sapienza", I obtained a Ph.D. on 24 June 1992, submitting a final dissertation on the Roman province of Africa and its administrators in the Republican age.

Academic career

In the academic year 1992/93 I won a post-doctoral degree from the University of Bologna on a research program on «Egyptians and Alexandrinians in the Roman Empire: personal and social status».
In the following years I had several contract assignments for didactics and research at the University of Bologna, the University of Udine and especially the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

In 2001 I won a qualification as associate professor in Roman History by the University of Catania. Following this qualification, in December 2004 I began to serve as associate professor of Roman History at the Faculty of Humanities and Philosophy (now Department of Humanities) of the University of Calabria where, after being confirmed in the role in September 2008, I stayed until August 2014.

Starting from September 1, 2014, after winning the competition by the University of Bologna, I began to serve in the Department of History, Culture and Civilizations of our university, always as associate professor of Roman History.

Teaching activities

I currently have the teaching responsibility of the course of Roman History (I level degrees in History, in Philosophy and in Anthropology, oriental religions and civilizations), Rome and the Universal (II level degrees in Historical and oriental sciences and in archeology and culture of the ancient world), History of Roman Administration (II level degree in Historical and oriental sciences) and History of the Roman Empire (II level degrees in Historical and oriental sciences, in Cultural anthropology and ethnology, in Archeology and cultures of the ancient world and in Philology, literature and classical tradition).

In the past years, I had the teaching responsibility of the teachings of Roman History and Historical Communication Laboratory at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, both for the I and II degrees level.

At the University of Calabria I have been teaching the Economic and Social History of the Ancient World (both for the I and II degrees level), Roman Institutions (I level degrees), Latin Epigraphy both for the I and II degrees level), Roman and Italic Institutions (I level degrees), History of Magna Grecia (I level degrees).

At the University of Bologna in the past I have also been teaching Social History of the Ancient World (II level degrees) and History of Ancient Economy (I level degrees).

Research activities

I have participated in several national and international research programs, including the CNR research program on Prosopography of the Egyptians and Alexandrinians in the Roman Empire, the NFWO-sponsored international research program "Society and Administration in the Hellenistic and Roman World" (Belgium's National Research Council - Flemish Region), a research program presented by the universities of Leuven, Antwerp, Brussels, Bologna, Göttingen, Köln, Leiden, London, Thessaloniki and Trier; from 2005 to 2014 I coordinated a local research project at the University of Calabria on Digital Tools for Didactics and Research in Ancient History: Applications and Methodology.

I have attended at several national and international conferences; among the most recent participations I recall those at the conference on Public spaces and political dimension in the Roman city: functions, structures, use, held in Bologna on October 27, 2015, where he presented a paper on Political management of public works in the Roman city: curatores operum publicorum"; the seminar "Work and war in the countryside: historiography and didactics", held in Ferrara on 28 October 2016, where I presented a lesson on Work and war in the countryside of the ancient world; the conference History and Medicine in the Ancient World at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona on February 2, 2017, where I presented a paper on The social figure of the physician in Martial; the conference on Living in the countryside: the regio VIII from the Roman period to the Medieval age, held in Bologna on March 22-23, 2017, where I presented a paper on the theme Living of the countryside in the area of Ferrara in the Roman period: the burial of Murria Valentina in Gambulaga; the conference on Manual Work and Intellectual Work in Roman Society, held at the University of Rome Tre on May 25-26, 2017, where I presented a paper on Work in the libri octo of Firmicus Maternus.

I have also been a referee of national and international journals in the academic field of Roman History.

Institutional appointments

Currently I am a member of the Quality Assurance Commission of the Degree in History. For the same degree course I am also responsible for the curriculum in Ancient History.

Since may 2018 I am the president of the Teaching committee of the Department of History Cultures Civilizations and member of the Council of the same department.

Membership in scientific and editorial committees

Since 2002 I have been working with the Italian Center for the Année Philologique, in editing the Année Philologique: Bibliographie critique et analytique de l'Antiquité gréco-latine. I am a member of the Italian Society of Work History. Also, I am member of the Scientific Committee of the journal «Aiônos - Miscellanea di Studi Storici».

Other activities

In the past I was the webmaster of the website of the Fondazione Niccolò Canussio of Cividale del Friuli (