The SAET projects

Within the 2016-2019 SAET project, a thematic interweaving of “History, Archaeology and Epigraphy” occurs from a Mediterranean perspective providing a...

Within the 2016-2019 SAET project, a thematic interweaving of “History, Archaeology and Epigraphy” occurs from a Mediterranean perspective providing a unitary vision of the Greek and Roman world from the Archaic Period to Late Antiquity. The subject “Tradition of Antiquity” investigates individual disciplines through their fortune and reception, while the study branch of “IT Technologies” enhances research through new ways of reconstruction, dissemination, and fruition.


The project consists of four thematic areas.

The «Historical and Epigraphic Studies» allow the tidy publication of epigraphic materials from Entella (Palermo), Segesta (Trapani) and Kaulonia (Reggio Calabria) – three ancient settlements in Sicily and Magna Graecia where the SAET skills have been perfected over more than 30 years of scientific activity. Besides editorial activities, our historic and epigraphic research looks at three geographically different and far-off areas: the Greek polycentric world; Rome, the capital, and its Esquiline; and Gortyn, a district capital. The very nature of the epigraphic language acts as guiding line: it functions as a set code telling in a peculiar way models, functions, and places.

The «Archaeological and Historical and Artistic Studies» project involves the creation of a special editorial line for the publication of findings from the monumental complexes investigated in the urban and suburban areas of ancient Entella (Palermo), in Segesta’s agora (Trapani) and in the sanctuary area of Kaulonia (Reggio Calabria). The research will then focus on Epizephyrian Locris (Reggio Calabria) and its territory (never before the subject of archaeological surveys), with vast prospects offered also by unexplored collections and archaeological contexts. A new branch of research completes the SAET’s historic and artistic programme: the fortune of Greek art investigated through Pliny’s writings and the circulation of his art books in the Renaissance.

The «Tradition of Antiquity» topic definitely renews the object of the SAET’s historic and artistic research: it investigates the relationship between antiquity, nationalism and the political use of history and archaeology between the end of the 19th century and the first decades of the last century. Its thematic areas include: the role of Giacomo Boni, a complex and atypical figure in the history of archaeology; fascism and its means of communication exploiting sacredness and beauty; the language of images in popular iconography as a powerful weapon for mass nationalisation.

Last but not least, the SAET opens its doors to science and information technology, and promotes them in two ways: on one hand, after previous experiences of Virtual & Cyber Reality and 3D reconstructions, it intends to prolong the collaboration with the new SMART Lab of the Scuola Normale Superiore in the archaeological field. On the other, it plans to upgrade some electronic resources which are already highly appreciated by the scientific community: the first one is GEI, a database that answers to the need of an updated collection of Greek Economic Inscriptions. The second one is MNAMON, a website devoted to the ancient writings of the Mediterranean world which now constitutes an international point of reference. The BTCGI thematic indexing will also be completed: this encyclopaedic work has been entirely realised at the Scuola Normale Superiore and is now an indispensable tool for studies concerning the Greek colonisation in western areas.