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Giuseppe Lepore

Associate Professor

Department of History and Cultures

Academic discipline: L-ANT/07 Classical Archaeology

Director of Organisational Unit (UOS) Ravenna of Department of History and Cultures


Keywords: Phoinike (Albania) roman wall painting Sena Gallica Epirus Marche Region necropolis Ager Gallicus romanization Adriatic sea Agrigento Archaeology of death Living forms in classical world

The main research fields are the following:

ROMAN WALL PAINTING: the study connects with the excavation, started in 1988, of the domus of the Coiedii of Suasa (Marche), with particular reference to the problems connected with the stylistic and formal aspects of the pictorial technique, of the technology for putting on site, the method of recovery and graphic recomposition, restoration and display problems. Various pictorial nuclei have been recovered, currently exhibited in the "A. Casagrande" Civic Archaeological Museum of Castelleone di Suasa (An).

THE TERRITORY OF CESANO VALLEY (MARCHES): this research integrates and completes the knowledge of the context in which the Roman city of Suasa (between the provinces of Pesaro and Ancona) arose. This study, extended to the late ancient and early Middle Ages of the area, resulted in an archaeological investigation, conducted by the writer, in the church of Madonna del Piano (formerly S. Maria in Portuno) in Corinaldo (AN); archaeological investigations were conducted for 10 consecutive years (2001-2011).

"ARCHEOLOGY OF DEATH": the project connects with the excavation and study of the Hellenistic-Roman necropolis of Phoinike (Albania), which began in 2001. The research, conducted through the analysis and study of the main symbolic aspects of the ancient ritual connected to the death, merged into a monograph (Lepore, Muka 2018) and in an International Congress, held in Tirana in 2019.

ARCHEOLOGY OF ROMAN PROVINCES: this research completes the investigations launched in the Balkan area (Albania) with a series of studies conducted in the Croatian area. It is in fact the study and publication of the pictorial decoration of the Augusteum of Narona (Croatia) and of the paintings of the late ancient site of Bare (Croatia), as part of an international work project, in collaboration with the Split Museum. Also in Croatia, starting from 2005, the "Burnum Project" was started in collaboration with the University of Zadar and the Archaeological Museum of Drns, with the aim of applying archaeological investigations to an ancient site (Roman castrum of Burnum) not intrusive, before proceeding to the actual excavation. The survey (2001 and 2002) completes the "Mediterranean" research framework with the joint Mission between the Universities of Bologna and Lecce on the research, study and survey project of the Hellenistic Roman site of Soknopaiounesos (Fayyum, Egypt).

"ROMANIZATION" OF AGER GALLICUS: the new research theme is linked to the multi-year project "Urban Archeology in Senigallia", which, signed in 2010, provides for an Agreement between the Municipality of Senigallia, the Superintendence for the Archaeological Heritage of the Marche and the Department of Archeology of the University of Bologna (now Disci). All research activities are based not only on traditional archaeological research methods (archival investigations, reconnaissance in cellars, updating of the Archaeological Map and the Potential Map), but also on the systematic application of non-intrusive geophysical investigations, thanks to the contribution of the Geophysics Laboratory of the University of Bologna.

THE FORMS OF LIVING IN GREEK SICILY: the research is connected to a new Convention signed in 2016 with the "Valle dei Templi" Archaeological Park in Agrigento. The Project ("Agrigento. Insula III") intends to investigate with the most modern technologies the structures of the insula III of the cd. Hellenistic-Roman quarter and then proceed to the systematic excavation of a coherent context: in this regard, it was decided to investigate House III M, which returned an extraordinary complex of collapsed wall paintings (object of an exhibition in 2019 within the Regional Museum "Pietro Griffo" of Agrigento.