The SAET projects

The SAET 2020-2025 project continues the fruitful interaction between "History, Archaeology, Epigraphy and the Tradition of Antiquity". The Mediterranean perspective...

The SAET 2020-2025 project continues the fruitful interaction between “History, Archaeology, Epigraphy and the Tradition of Antiquity”. The Mediterranean perspective tends towards a unitary vision of the Greek and Roman worlds, from archaism to late antiquity; the “Tradition of Antiquity” branch projects the individual disciplines into the horizon of their fortune and reception; the traditional openness to information technology amplifies the potential of research through new forms of reconstruction, dissemination and use.


The Project consists of six thematic areas.

The “Studies of Ancient Diplomacy and Economics” include lines of enquiry that look at central aspects of the life of the ancient city. The Greek Evoys and Diplomacy project makes available to the scientific community a database of envoys from the Greek world in the Hellenistic period, offering a privileged channel of access to the mechanisms of ancient diplomacy and international relations. The collection of Greek Economic Inscriptions offers a sylloge of economic inscriptions, which fills a gap in the research tools available to the ancient historian.


The ‘Historical-Archaeological and Epigraphic Studies’ are structured around eight projects which, starting from the Greek colonial perspective in Italy, extend to the new epigraphic research in the Cretan site of Gortina. The research and editorial activities refer to field investigations, from excavations to surveys in the territory of ancient cities, from the valorisation of the archaeological and archival heritage to the cataloguing and digitisation of epigraphic material, conducted in the archaeological sites of Entella, Segesta, Caulonia, Locri and Agrigento, in Italy, and in the city of Gortina, in Crete. These interests are complemented by the updating of the entries in the BTCGI, available in the new digital version.


The “Art-historical studies” focus on the so-called art books of Pliny the Elder’s Naturalis Historia: a work of particular significance for its information on artists and works of art in Greece and Rome, and for its fortunes from the Renaissance to J.J. Winckelmann.


Studies on the “Tradition of Antiquity” focus on the ideological use of the past in the culture and politics of the Second Modern and Contemporary Ages, ranging thematically from Enrico Corradini and the Myth of Julius Caesar to The Fascist Policy of Roman Statues, Romans and Germans. Historiography and Politics.


The project “The Saet, Pisa and Tuscany” intends to enhance the institutional and scientific relationship with the city of Pisa, the Tuscan territory and its history along two privileged trajectories: on the one hand, the study of the city of Pisa in its Etruscan, Roman and post-antique phase through the archaeological materials found in the area of the Palazzo della Carovana and Piazza dei Cavalieri; on the other hand, the Aithale Project, focused on the history of the island of Elba and its resources in antiquity.