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The First Early Modern International, Interdisciplinary Research Network on Roman Architecture

This is a work in progress.

This website is colletcing 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 120 people 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, epigraphy and others to re-establish the overview that the Accademia already gained some 480 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 individually can get a full overview of the Accademia's work because of its really interdisciplinary character and the vast amount of collected material. Therefore, this website could serve as a "hub" for researchers interested in this fascinating field of the history of many modern disciplines. Hopefully, in the long run, it may be possible to do this on a more professional level by coordinating funded research.

To prepare a scientific network for research on the Accademia I would like to suggest the organisation of an international workshop.

The languages used on this website are mainly English, German and Italian; for sources and documents, their respective language like Latin or French may be used.

For a longer introductions, please read the "Projektbeschreibung" (in German) which is updated as often as possible.

I would be very thankful for any supportive hints, advices, and information!

The different areas (= folders) of this website:

  • Accademia Romana: 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.
  • Links: Collection of links to other internet resources that to do not fit into one of the other categories
  • Objects: list of objects dealt with by the Accademia as, such as buildings, inscriptions, coins and medals, works of art etc., usually ordered according to where they are located today (as far as their place is known)
  • Persons: list of people (with additional information) who belonged to the Accademia or were losely connected with its members
  • Problems: Open questions, problems and research desiderates that can be identified with (if possible) a suggestion of how to solve them
  • Projects: information about research projects related to the Accademia
  • 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 develop a chronology of the Accademia's activities according to sources such as letters, books etc.
  • Watermarks: Overview of the watermarks occuring in the papers used by the Accademia's members and collaborators
  • Meetings: Information about possibly interesting conferences, colloquia, workshops etc.
  • Help: some helpful information about how to use (actively) this website (coming as soon as possible) 


About this website:

  • Because I am not a 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 have been familiar with for more than 17 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 which are 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 platforms.