Renowned Italian archaeologist famous for his excavations at Pompeii. Born at Veroli, Italy, he directed the Italian archaeological mission in Greece between 1914 and 1924, focusing especially on Rhodes and the construction of a new museum there. In 1924 he became chief archaeologist at Pompeii, serving as director until 1961. Amongst his excavations there was the House of the Surgeon and the Casa dell'Efebo. He also worked at Herculaneum, rediscovered the cave of the Cumaean Sibyl in May 1932, and uncovered the remains of the Tiberian villa Damecuta in 1937–48. His many publications include the accounts La villa dei misteri (1931, Rome: Libreria dello stato) and Breviario di Capri (1937, Naples: Rispoli).
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