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Max Victor David

Associate Professor

Department of History and Cultures

Academic discipline: L-ANT/08 Christian and Medieval Archaeology


Keywords: History of Architecture Archaeology of Ancient Landscapes History of Archaeology Archaeology of Late Antiquity Ancient Mosaics Urban Planning Epigraphy Late antique ivories Urban history History of religions Ceramics Ancient marbles and quarries Reuse Methodology of the archaeological research Classical archaeology Ancient topography History of Christian archaeology Stratigraphical analysis of the monuments Archaeology of war Archaeology of the late antique religions Archaeology of funerary rituals

Assumed as founding the reflection on the methodology of the documentation in the field of the cultural goods, its researches have concentrated the attention on the Roman, Late-antique, Christian and Medieval archaeology. Its attention is assembled on the history of the landscape, the topography, the urbanism and housebuilding of the Roman and Late Roman cities. He deepened methodological problems as the study of the typologies of ancient pavements, the re-use in architecture, the history of the archaeology and the techniques of archaeological excavation. Other his specific field of study is directed toward the exploitation, the commerce and the use of stones during the Roman age. He is also dealt with material culture devoting himself to Roman ceramic classes as the oil-lamp and soapstone ceramics. He has dealt with themes like history of antiquarian collecting and classical, Christian, medieval and modern epigraphy. He is one of the major specialists of late antique ivory diptychs. He published the critical edition of a work such as Cronica extravagans de antiquitatibus civitatis Mediolani by Galvano Fiamma, fundamental landmark for the study of the origins of archaeological sciences.

The town of Ostia is one of the primary sites for the understanding of the development of Roman civilization in the late Roman and Italian. The paramount importance of the site - known largely thanks to extensive excavations, but even after several stratigraphic targeted - not only is derived from a strategic position to control the mouth of the Tiber River and the Tyrrhenian coast, but also by the extraordinary settlement continuity from ' Archaic period to the Late Antiquity. The area between Porta Marina and the ancient coastline is revealed as a particularly load-interest reasons. On these shores was the setting for the '"Octavius" of Minucius Felix. Here ended the "Decuman" and, along the coast road passed Severiana. Have been identified in several building complexes of great interest. First, it has many attractive elements: the so-called "hole Porta Marina", a large colonnaded structure (with a large tank) and in the Late Antiquity may have fulfilled important functions for the reception of travelers, but it is suspected to have been previously an area of great public importance (perhaps a shrine). In the Augustan age extramurana the area had to have taken connotations markedly with funerary monuments were long-standing as the tomb of Cartilio Poplicola. In the imperial age is a villa called "domus Fulminata" with interesting decorative museum. Well two thermal monumental (that of Marciana and the so-called spa-Maritimes) are implanted in this suburban neighborhood. In the late fourth century, within walking distance from the seashore is implanted in an arcade complex which has been identified classroom of paramount importance for the understanding of Late Antique Ostia: it is the so-called "building in opus sectile outside the Navy." At the southern end of the archaeological site was found the well-known synagogue. On the eastern side of the street Severiana have been identified structures of late antiquity. One of these complexes, with rich finishes and flooring, is called "the Baths of Musiciosus" from the name of the athlete depicted in one of the mosaic panels. In 2007 a three-year agreement was signed between the Department of Archaeology and the Archaeological Superintendency of Ostia which aims to develop a plan for documentation of the entire area and depth of individual facilities. In this context you are operating a sounding full of archival sources and references. In 2008 she was turning a first campaign of detection and documentation of the chosen area spared by the great earthworks of the thirties. In particular we have carried out systematic exploration geomagnetic and geo-radar thanks to the collaboration with the Fondazione Lerici and Becker Archaeological Prospections.

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