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An early modern international and interdisciplinary research network on Roman Architecture

This is a work in progress.

This website is to collect the information and, in the long run, is intended to serve as a meeting place for researchers who have done ore are doing research on the Roman Accademia, a network of more than 80 persons around Claudio Tolomei, Marcello Cervini and others active in Rome between ca. 1535 und 1555. Because of the vast amount of material that could be traced to the work of the Accademia's members and its truly interdisciplinary character, it seems useful to unite here the information that already has been or will be collected by researchers from different disciplines like Archaeology, Architectural History, Numismatics, Epigraphics and others to re-establish the overview that the Accademia already gaines some 470 years ago. In addition, a comprehensiv bibliography with citations and annotations should also be established as well as a catalog of the original objects and the other sources the Accademia used. When this material is already available on the internet in places that could be regarded as "stable", links to these sites should be sufficient to inform other users.

The idea behind this is that no-one alone could get a full overview of the Accademia's work because of its really interdisciplinary character and the vast amount of collected materials, and that this website, therefore, could serve as a "hub" for researchers interested in this fascinating field in the history of many modern disciplines. Hopefully, in the long run, it may be possible to do this on a more professional level by co-ordinating funded research.

To prepare a scientific network for research on the Accademia I would like to suggest the organisation of an international workshop at  Einsiedeln, partly funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

I would be very thankful for any hints, advises, information!

Bernd Kulawik

The different areas (= folders) of this website:

  • Accademia: general information about the Accademia, that does not fit into one of the other folders
  • Bibliography: a list of printed literature that could/should be extended by citations, links to digitized versions on the web etc.
  • Objects: list of objects dealt with by the Accademia as, e.g., buildings, inscriptions, coins and medals, works of art etc.
  • Persons: list of persons (with additional information) who belonged to the Accademia or stood in relation to its members
  • Sources: documents regarding the Accademia, that are not printed (or very rare) and do not exist in different copies, e.g. manuscripts and drawings etc.
  • Timeline: An attempt to a chronology of the Accademia's activities according to sources like letters, books etc.
  • Projects: information about research projects related to the Accademia
  • Meetings: Information about conferences, colloquia etc. of interest
  • Links: list of links to other recourses on the web interesting for research on the Accademia
  • Help: some helpful information about how to use (actively) this website (coming as soon as possible)
  • Intranet: folder for discussions and other non-public information = available only for logged-in members


About this website:

  • Because I am no programmer I want to keep this website as simple as possible. Therefore, I'm using the free and open source content management system Plone, which I'm familiar with for more than 10 years now, without any "bells & whistles".
  • If you think, additional functions are needed, I may look for plug-ins to Plone already programmed by others at and freely available – IF these plug-ins seem to be stable and do not look like they could cause problems in later versions: because the chance to upgrade the basic software for the foreseeable future is of crucial importance for me.
  • This website is, of course, not intended to "substitute" long-term projects like the Census or other database projects collecting structured information, but rather as a meeting platform for researchers working with the materials on different such platforms.