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An early modern international and interdisciplinary research network on Roman Antiquity

This is a work in progress. The most recent results can be found under http://www.bibliothek-oechslin.ch/forschung/antikenstudium. They will be regularly copied to this site, too.

This website is intended to serve as a meeting place for researchers who have done ore are doing research on the Roman Accademia della Virtù or Accademia Vitruviana. This group of antiquarians was active in Rome from around 1537 to the late 1540s, in some cases their work even extended well into the 1550s. 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 450 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 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 inter-disciplinary 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 della Virtù: 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 plone.org 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.