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Sacred Space on the Shore: Ostia’s Synagogue

Synagogue: Discovery and Excavations The synagogue at Ostia is a long trek from the site entrance, and the visitors who make the journey to this extraordinary building enjoy a strange sort of solitude. On even the busiest tourist days of summer, you will probably find yourself alone and free to explore the synagogue away from the other groups of tourists. …

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The Ancient Ostia Graffiti Project

Archaeological sites decay slowly, constantly and often irreversibly. And because of the scarcity of conservation resources, excavated remains are particularly in peril. Such is the case with exposed and partially exposed ancient graffiti at Ostia Antica. Quite regrettably, there are many cases in which graffiti that were plainly visible and readable twenty years ago have now completely disappeared. Digital documentation …

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Ostia-Forum-Project (OFP) and its activities in the centre of Ostia

Ostia was excavated on a large scale until 1941, but many areas were never scientifically documented until today. Pavements were rarely recorded, even though there are relatively adequate plans of walls. Detailed plans exist only regarding high value floors such as figured mosaics – not ordinary floors such as simple mosaics, mortar beddings, travertine and even marble pavements. The situation …

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The Ostia Marina Project

The Ostia Marina Project, an archaeological mission of the Department of History, Culture and Civilization at the University of Bologna, began in 2007 with the aim of deepening our knowledge of the area outside Porta Marina, a suburban zone located between the sea and the late republican walls of ancient Ostia (Fig. 1). The Ostia Marina Project is designed to …

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Ostia in Late Antiquity

A serious crisis seems to have descended upon Ostia in the mid-third century C.E. Under the reign of the Severan emperors (195-235) the urban expansion of the city had begun to slow down, but it did not stop altogether. In regard to housing, some mid-luxury architectural forms such as the colonnaded courtyard houses found on the ground floors of insulae …