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Fellow De Giorgi, Dr. Andrea

Dr. Andrea De Giorgi


Florida State University
324 Dodd Hall
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1510


How did a Roman bath function and serve a community at a waterless site? How did its engineering exploit the only available potential water sources, those provided by underground cisterns and reservoirs, and what constraints did such a system impose on its use? These are the questions my project on Cosa addresses. The 2013 – 15 exploration of subterranean and surface features identified the mechanisms that made possible the provision and circulation of water within the bath complex. Although this community was disadvantaged by the lack of springs and aqueducts, from the archaeological evidence obtained thus far, it nevertheless seems to have successfully operated its baths for several centuries through a rational, sensible usage of water. The negotiation between the ecological framework and the mechanical/architectural and administrative solutions adopted at Cosa takes center stage in this research, which promises to make a significant scholarly contribution to the current climate of burgeoning interest in the history of Roman baths and their built environment.

Curriculum Vitae

2012 Assistant Professor, Florida State University
2012 Co-Director, The Cosa Excavations
2010 – 2012 Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University
2006 Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College
2001 MA, Bryn Mawr College


forthcoming Ancient Antioch: from the Seleucid Era to the Islamic Conquest. Cambridge.
forthcoming "Globalization and Local Identities: Stories from Syria", in: J. Yoo-A. Zerbini (Ed.), Migration, Diaspora and Identity in the Near East from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. London.
2015 "The View from Daphne", in: J. Poblome (Ed.), The Space Between: Current Investigations into Roman Suburbia, JRA Suppl. (2015).
2015 "Scavi di Cosa: la Stagione 2014", in: Notiziario Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana 10, 1-10.
2015 "Scavi a Cosa: il complesso termale", in: Notiziario Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana 9, 529-532.
2015 "Between continuity and change: Northern Pisidia through Classical and Late Antiquity", in: IstMitt 64, 55-71.