Wellesley College, Room TBA
106 Central St
Wellesley, MA 02481
Lecture by Francesco de Angelis, Columbia University.
Scholarly research at Hadrian’s Villa has traditionally paid almost exclusive attention to the Hadrianic phase of the site and has mainly focused on its lofty aspects—its imaginative architecture, its beautiful statues, its precious decoration. By placing emphasis on the everyday as well as the long-term history of the villa, Columbia University’s fieldwork project aims to shed new light on the multiple lives that unfolded at the site and investigates how interactions among individuals and social groups developed through time within the spaces of the villa. The first three excavation seasons have yielded a wealth of data to address these issues. Additionally, they have enriched the original set of questions through unexpected, spectacular findings. The talk will present the main results of these campaigns and will discuss their historical significance.