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Antonella Coralini

Associate Professor

Department of History and Cultures

Academic discipline: L-ANT/07 Classical Archaeology

Curriculum vitae

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Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology (L-ANT/07) at University of Bologna (Department of History and Cultures). She is holding the Archaeology and History of Ancient Roman Art Chair (LT and LM), Culture of Living Spaces in the Classical World Chair (LM) and Household Archaeology in the Classical World Chair (Post-graduate School). She is leader of many projects, including Vesuviana program (since 1997) and Laboratory of Relief and Restitution of Ancient Painting (LARPA – since 2005).

Current research areas: Urban and Culture of Living Spaces in the Classical World, Archaeology of Production, Ancient Tradition, Iconology and Iconography in the Classical World, Enhancement of the Archaeological Heritage and Virtual Archaeology.

Professional Training

After the Classics Degree (in 1989 at University of Bologna), on musealization of Roman private housing, she started a working relationship with the Archaeology and History of Ancient Roman Art Chair of the Institute of Archaeology and, since 1995, the same Chair of University of Bologna (Department of History and Cultures), supporting Daniela ScagliariniCorlaita.

Between 1991 and 2008, she got lots of scholarships, not only from the University of Bologna, but also from Itanian research bodies (Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, Fondazione Pasquali) and foreign ones, designed to stay in another country (France, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, 1992-1993; UK, University of Leicester, 1991; Netherlands, University of Groeningen,1995; Slovenia, University of Ljubliana; Greece, Ecole Française d'Athènes, 2007-2008).

In 1999 achieved the Post-graduate Diploma in Archaeology (University of Bologna), with a thesis on Floors of Casa del Centenario in Pompeii. Then she got the PhD with a thesis on the use of Herculean images in the houses of Vesuvian region. In 2001 the thesis was published in the Studi della Soprintendenza Archeologica of Pompeii series.

She was a researcher (October 2000 – December 2003), under the Vesuviana Project and for the needs of Progetto Pompei – Insula del Centenario, at the University of Bologna (Department of Archaeology).

Academic career

Between 2004 and 2014, she was a researcher in Classical Archaeology at University of Bologna (Department of Archaeology, since 2012 called Department of History and Cultures). She held three-year and master degrees courses (Iconology and Iconography in the Classical World, History of Archaeology, History of Classical Archaeology, Introduction to Archaeology and History of Ancient Roman Art) and she was responsible for the training (Laboratory of Documentary Archaeology, Laboratory of Relief and Restitution of Ancient Painting).

Since the 31st July 2015 she has been Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology at the Department of Archaeology -University of Bologna.

In 2013 she was a professeur invité at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris (CNRS – Laboratoire AOROC), for three months, and in 2014 at l’Université de Toulouse II, Le Mirail (Laboratoire TRACES), for one month.


Since 2000 she has been continuously teaching in various teachings for Three-year (L) and Master (LM) Degrees, and also for Post-graduate School of Arts and Cultural Heritage.

She is currently Current Teaching of Archaeology and History of Ancient Roman Art (L and LM), Culture of Living Spaces in the Classical World Chair (LM) and Domestic Archaeology in the Classical World Chair (Post-graduate School).

Scientific work

From 1998 to 2004, she became responsible for the Scientific Secretariat and for coordinating the University of Bologna’s project “Pompei – Insula del Centenario (IX 8)”, aimed at documentation, study, edition and valorization of an entire insula of Pompeii, in collaboration with Daniela Scagliarini Corlàita (Scientific Director).

Since 2005 (first as co-Director with Daniela Scagliarini and since 2014 as sole Director) she has been Scientific Responsible of Vesuviana Project of University of Bologna, aimed at study and valorization of Vesuvian archaeological sites. She is Scientific Responsible of "Pompei. Insula del Centenario (IX 8)" (1998-), "DHER. Domus Herculanensis Rationes" (2005-), "Alibi. Pitture in Museo" (2006-) e "Villa Sora" (2016-) projects, which are inside Vesuviana. These projects are all carried out in cooperation with the conservation institutions.

Within these activities, from a strongly cross-disciplinary approach, she gained specific experience and skill in management of big group, thanks to close collaboration with experts of other subjects (as pointed out by her two main editors Vesuviana 2009 and Domus Herculanensis Rationes 2011), and a solid experience with the application of experimental and innovative methods and tecniques to the study and the valorization of archaeological heritage.

Since 1991 she has belonged, as a member of the working group and tasking in organization and coordination, in many research project, expecially PRIN, working in particular on the study and the valorization of archaeological heritage

During the edition of the PRIN 2005 she was the head of research unit under the project “Dalla chimica dei beni culturali all’archeologia della produzione: manufatti e contesti”, directed and coordinated by the Chemistry Department of University of Bari.

Among the in progress research programs, RURI. Abitare nel territorio nel mondo romano (2011-), "Picta fragmenta. Documentare, conoscere, comunicare la pittura antica (2013-), "Domi. Abitare la città nel mondo romano" (2015-) are highlighted besides the Vesuvian Project (1997 -).

Among implementation projects, besides the pilot project of the "Pompei. Insula del Centenario (IX 8)" (1999-) project, she considers strategic the "DHER - Domus Herculanensis Rationes" (2005-) project, aimed to the study of the culture of living spaces in Herculaneum and based on two main lines of action: the publication of a photogrammetric Atlant of decorated surfaces and the documentation, study and the publication of insula III, identified as case study. The "Alibi. Pitture in Museo" (2006-) project, complementary to the pompeian and Herculaneum projects, and the "Villa Sora" project, started in 2006.

Alongside to the activites in Vesuvian sites, there is the interest to other territorial contexts: first of all Emilia Romagna, as shown by the "RURI. La regio VIII" (2011-) project and the cooperation with Musei Civici of Modena and the Soprintendenza of Emilia Romagna, having as its purpose the valorization of the Roman wall painting from Mutina and its surrounding area, inside the "Picta fragmenta. La regio VIII" (2013-)"project.

She was and is responsible for research agreements with Athenaeums or other research bodies.

She organized national and international conferences and exhibitions: among the latest initiatives, for the Department of History and Cultures, in 2017, the meetings:

"Ruri. Abitare nel territorio: la regio VIII (Bologna, 22-13 marzo 2017);

Ricerca e valorizzazione. Questioni di archeologia, arte e storia (Bologna, 4-6 maggio 2017), in cooperation with the Department of Arts;

Extra moenia. Abitare il territorio della regione vesuviana (Pompei, 22-23 giugno 2017), in cooperation with the Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

She was a speaker (published in the Acts of conferences) in over 50 national and international conferences.

She has published about one hundred contributions, mostly by single signature or as a main author, dedicated to many themes of research, with great interest in Culture of Living Spaces and Figurative in the Roman world. In particular it is highlighted the Vesuvian region and Cisalpina, and a monograph (Herculer domesticus, 2001), frequently being very well reviewed on international scientific journals.

Now she is editoring lots of contributions, among them it is report two volumes on Vesuvian theme (Vesuviana 2009, Domus Herculanensis Rationes 2011), are important as a result of the work carried out during the Vesuviana project, and one volume on Cisalpino theme "Cultura abitativa nella Cisalpina romana. Forum Popili" (2010). All these are well reviewed on international scientific journals.

Among her working in progress, there are two volumes on Insula del Centenario in Pompeii (Vecchi e nuovi scavi e La Casa del Centenario: Spazi e decorazioni), output in 2017 and 2018.

In the last years, consistent with the contextual method that has characterized since the beginning her scientific career, she has focused the attention on the relationship between spaces, decorations and objects.

In June 2016 she founded, with other professors and researchers, Associazione Italiana Ricerche Pittura Antica (AIRPA), of which she is Secretary.

From September 2016 she has been the President of Association Internationale pour la Peinture Murale Antique (AIPMA) and Responsible for the Organization of the next meeting, that will take place on September 2019 in Naples and surroundings.

In January 2017 she promoted the establishment of a Centro Interuniversitario di Studi sulla Pittura Antica (Inter-University Centre for Studies on Ancient Painting), to which, over Athenaeum of Bologna, other 8 Italian Athenaeums (Torino, Trieste, Venezia IUAV, Parma, Modena e Reggio Emilia, Firenze, Napoli Federico II, Napoli l'Orientale) have adhered.

She strongly believes that research without teaching activity is like a dough without yeast.

Among her qualities and talents, she gives importance to the innate and trained ability of building networks and making them work: in the scientific research it is the imaging and the planning of projects, directing them and reaching the goals.