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Lanciani, Rodolfo

Luca Leoncini

in Oxford Art Online


Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T048990

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(b Montecelio, Rome, Jan 1, 1846; d Rome, May 21, 1929).

Italian engineer, topographer and writer. He studied at the Jesuit College in Fano, then in Rome at the Collegio Romano. He then studied at Rome University, graduating in philosophy and mathematics in 1865, and in 1868 he was awarded a degree in architecture and engineering. As secretary of the Municipal Archaeological Commission from its inception in 1872, he published in its bulletin, and subsequently in the Notizie degli scavi di antichità of the Accademia dei Lincei, the numerous discoveries arising from building works throughout Rome. The first work that brought him fame and universal respect and earned him in 1879 the royal prize for archaeology at the Accademia dei Lincei was Studio sui Commentari di Frontino intorno alle acque e gli acquedotti di Roma. As Rome’s Director of Excavations he was involved in numerous archaeological projects: from the necropolis on the Esquiline Hill to the Pantheon, from the explorations through the Temple of Jupiter on the Capitoline Hill to those conducted in the Roman Forum, from excavations at Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli to digs at Ostia. In ...

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