ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA 2020. M. G. Conde, La documentazione e la diffusione della ricerca archeologica relativa agli studi nei Fori Imperiali a Roma nel periodo 1995 – 2009. Foto: (30/08/2007).

‘More than any other historical city, Rome’s aggiornamento [= updating] was haunted by its own past; the ageless monuments and great inherited spaces that were at once a burden and a challenge to the architects and planners of the new capital. Roman urban history since 1870 would be meaningless freed from the context of its legendary heritage. To expose and exploit this heritage remained the urban policy through the early decades of Roma Capitale, and most emphatically so under the Fascist regime. “Surely, among the great expedients of Mussolini,” commented Baldini in 1932, “that of showing Rome to the Romans will remain one of the most memorable.” ‘…To the Romans … and to us. We do not recall enough that what we see and study the architectural history of Rome has been selected, cleaned up and staged for us by the planners and rulers of Third Rome. They were the ones who decided which past buildings were worth of preservation, and which expendable for the sake of progress; how much of excavated antiquity would be retained for show, and how much quickly buried again under paving or new construction. To be a creditable student of Roman antiquity or the Middle Ages, or the Renaissance and Baroque, should presuppose solid familiarity with modern Rome, its city archives, journals and contemporary newspapers.

Prof. Spiro Kostof (American architect – architectural historian),
“The Third Rome: The Polemics of Architectural History,” JSAH 33.3 (1973): 240.

(20/01/2009) – “Dear Dott. Conde, Thank you vary much for the information and the web link. It’s very interesting! Best regards, Lucrezia Ungaro – Sovraintendenza ai Beni Culturali / Museo dei Fori Imperiali.” [E-mail personal communication Dott.ssa Lucrezia Ungaro (20/01/2009)].

Prof.ssa Clementina Panella Roma-Piazza del Colosseo, area della Meta Sudans; pendici nord-orientali del Palatino. Dipartimento di Scienze Storiche, Archeologiche e Antropologiche dell’Antichità. Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza.” =

(12.08.2007) – “I will start again with the excavation on the 10th of September [2007], and will keep it going until the 10th of October [2007]. If you want to send somebody to take photos, you’ll be welcome, just warn me in time. Otherwise I can send you some of our photos. Best wishes [Prof.ssa] Clementina Panella.” [E-Mail personal communication 12.08.2007].

(07.07.2007) – “Gentile Martin, ho iniziato solo a giugno lo scavo e siamo ancora molto indietro. Termneremo questa campagna alla fine di luglio e credo che dal 20 luglio ci sia qualcosa di nuovo da fotografare. Riprenderemo, se sarà possibile a settembre. Veda lei cosa vuol o può fare. Io credoutile un aggioramento della banca dati di immagini di cui già dispone. [Prof.ssa] Clementina Panella” [E-mail personal communication 07.07.2007].

(26.03.2007) – “I’ve browsed your site ** and I appreciate a lot what you have done. I am quite willing to help you enrich the documentation you have if necessary. If you come by Rome I’d like to meet you, if you care. You can send me an e-mail to warn me in advance. If you have no objections, I’d like to set a link with your site from the web page of our department. The excavation will start again in May, and we will keep you informed of developments. Best regards. [Prof.ssa] Clementina Panella” [E-mail personal communication 26.03.2007].

**Site = Martin G. Conde (March 2007). 16. Rome – The Meta Sudans, the N.E. Slope of the Palatine Hill (The New Domus of Augustus & the Sceptor of Emperor Maxentius [June 2006]). The Archaeological Investigations by Prof. Clementina Panella (2002-2007). & Rome – “I Segni del Potere” The Restoration of the Sceptor & Lances of Emperor Maxentius by Prof.ssa Esmeralda Senatore (Istituto Centrale per il Restauro) [ICR, aggiornamento il 31.01.2007].

Prof. James E. Packer Professor Emeritus of Classics, Northwestern University, Ill: J. E. Packer, A New Look at Pompey’s Theater: History, Documentation, and Recent Excavation. AJA Volume 111 No. 3. July 2007; J. E. Packer, The Forum of Trajan in Rome: A Study of the Monuments in Brief (2002). =

(19.07.2007) – Martin, This is very, very kind of you. I am much in your debt [for the copy of exhibit catalogue Italo Gismondi 2007] I’ll send you whatever expenses you incurred.” [E-mail personal communication 07.07.2007].

(07.08.2007) – “Again, my greatest thanks for all these articles on archaeological news. You see much that I don’t and sharing it with [Lexicon Topographicum Urbis Romae. Supplementum II.2] me is both kind and (for me) enormously useful. I am very much in your debt!” [E-mail personal communication 07.08.2007].

(03.12.2004) I am very grateful to you. Thank you so much for the web site for the Alda Fendis [Basilica Ulpia – ESPERIMENTI ALLA FONDAZIONE ALDA FENDI]. It was just what I was looking for. I was invited to the opening of their galley, but before reading the newspaper articles [Viene alla luce pavimentazione antica della Basilica Ulpia] you kindly sent me and looking up the Fendis on the web, I really did not know what the invitation was about. This is a very very valuable contact for me in Rome, and I am deeply indebted to you for putting me in touch with the Fendis.” […] “This is a very interesting article. [Arch.] Dario Silenzi sent me a copy but I couldn’t open it so I am very grateful to you for sending it to me. This Fendi foundation sounds very, very thought provoking. I actually received an invitation to the opening of their display in Rome but had no idea what it was until I read the article. [E-mail personal communication 03.12.2004].

La Redazione, patrimoniosos@patrimoniosos.it re: Degrado di Roma, ecc. =
(19.07.2007) =

“Dear Mr. Martin G. Conde, “We hope that it could be an important contribution to preserve our so precious and fragile city from the “infernal gear” of everyday life. We are very interested in your research on the Italian cultural heritage […] we will be very glad if you will write something on this theme: so we can put it on our web site in the section “Interventi.” Thanks you very much. Best regards, La Redazione.” [E-mail personal communication 19.07.2007].

Prof. Domenico Carro, Praemium Maiestatis, al sito Martin G. Conde’s photos: Rome – The Imperial Fora (1995-2007). =

(21.04.2007) – ” per il contributo fornito alla divulgazione della conoscenza, illustrando sulla Rete degli aspetti significativi della Civiltà Romana, trattati in modo accurato, rigoroso e consono alla maestà di Roma. ” [E-mail personal communication 21.04.2007].

Prof. Rex Wallace, Department of Classics, UMass Amherst. =

(02.03. 2007) – “Dear Mr. Conde, The editors of Etruscan News have asked me to extend to you an invitation to write up a short announcement about your database. I will put it on the ENews website, and the editors may publish it in the hard copy of Etruscan News. That ultimately depends on how much space they have for such things but I’d say there is a good chance. If you are interested in writing up an announcement, please send it to me as an attachment. A Microsoft Word text file would be great. Best, Professor Rex Wallace.” [E-mail personal communication 02.03.2007].

Prof. Mary T. Boatwright, Hadrian and the Cities of the Roman Empire. Princeton University Press, 2000. =

(22.11.2006) – “Dear Mr. Conde, Do you know anything about recent discoveries in the catacombs, particularly that of SS Pietro e Marcellino? I’d be interested in hearing what you have picked up. Best wishes, Mary T. Boatwright. Duke University.” [Prof. Boatwright’s later reply] Wow. That map is magnificent. It came through beautifully. Many thanks! Mary T. Boatwright.” [E-mail personal communication 22.11.2006].


(22.10.2004) – “Dear Mr. Conde, I haven’t jumped in on your conversations about the use or not of archaeological material and publications from Italy, and especially Rome (and the “heart of Rome”), in part because I’m trying to juggle too many things. But I DO want to say how much I appreciate hearing from you on the Rome-arch list-serve. I’ve learned a lot, and as I am about to launch into a paper on imperial building in Rome, I’ll be trying to resuscitate the info you’ve sent around. Many, many thanks for your excellent and careful work, and your concern for us all in the scholarly community. Best wishes, Mary T. Boatwright” [e-mail personal communication 22.10.2004].

Prof. Elizabeth Bartman (Museum Exhibition Review Editor of the American Journal of Archaeology). =

(10.05.2005) – “Dear Mr. Conde: I read with interest your comments posted recently on Rome-Arch regarding [Prof. Andrea] Carandini; at the very end you mention an upcoming exhibition “Romolo e Remo” that will highlight Prof. Carandini’s work. Do you have any details regarding schedule, venue, and scope? As the Museum Exhibition Review Editor of the American Journal of Archaeology, I would like to consider this for a review.” [E-mail personal communication 25.10.2005].

Prof. Bill Kerr. Dept. of Classics and Ancient History. University of New Brunswick (Canada). =

(25.10.2005) – “Thanks very much indeed for your bibliographical survey [Fascist archaeology of the Imperial Fora]. There were quite a few items there I hadn’t caught before, some of which I’ll incorporate into my course material. [E-mail personal communication 25.10.2005].

(21.10.2005) – “So I’m putting together a package with bits and pieces from various books and articles. Do you think that there’s anything in [Guido] Calza’s [1934] paper useful for the course? It wouldn’t even have to be purely archaeological; if Calza sang the praises of Mussolini and even that would be relevant. On the other hand, if in your judgment the paper isn’t particularly useful for what I’m doing, give me your honest opinion. If you think that the paper would be useful in the circumstances…” [E-mail personal communication 21.10.2005].

Prof. Alice-Mary Talbot, Director of Byzantine Studies Dumbarton Oaks Library (Washington, DC). =

(18.10.2005) – “Dear Mr. Conde, Thanks for forwarding these articles [La testa colossale di Costantino, FORMA URBIS 09/2005] on the bust of the emperor Constantine discovered in the Forum of Trajan. We had read an article on the subject last summer, but these stories provided some more information.” …” [E-mail personal communication 18.10.2005].

Prof. Jan Theo Bakker, Ostia, the harbour city of ancient Rome (IGO). =

(14.07.2007) – “Ostia: Angelo Pellegrino et al. (A. Pellegrino – P. Olivanti – F. Panariti), “Ricerche archeologiche nel Trastevere Ostiense”, Archeologia laziale 12 (1995), 393-400). = An image collection was set up by Martin Conde.” = Martin G. Conde (2007), 18. Ostia Antica: Aerial & Related Images of Ostia Antica – 1911, c. 1999, c. 2004, and Later.

(01.04.2004) – Thank you very much! You are making a lot of Ostia-lovers very happy! Looking forward to the list [Ostia – Portraits of researchers / New Image’s of Italian Archaeologists & Scholars] great respect for your research!!” [E-mail personal communication 01.04.2004]. = “[jthb – 12-Jan-2004; for this page I would like to thank Martin G. Conde (responsible for most of the images in the table at the top) and [Prof.] Domenico Carro (commenting on Conde’s images)].”

Paul Bennett, Underground Rome – In Rome’s Basements. National Geographic, July 2006 (pp. 88-103). =

(29.06.2006) – “Hi Martin, Yes. It’s the July edition, which should be showing up on newsstands relatively soon. As with all articles for NG, far less material made it into the finished article than I’d wished. The piece is only 3500 words long. So, it is necessarily focused on just a few sites and archaeologists. I hope you enjoy it. Let me know your thoughts. Paul.” [E-Mail personal communication 29.06.2006].

(24.05.2005)- “ Dear Mr. Conde, I am writing an article about Roma Sotterranea for National Geographic, and I would very much like to speak with you about recent discoveries in Rome. Are you available, by phone, for an interview/chat? Regards, Paul Bennett [Rome] National Geographic.” [E-mail personal communication 24.05.2005].

[Prof.] Anastasia Tsaliki, Dept. of Archaeology, University of Durham (U.K) =

(27.06.2003) – Dear Martin, Thank you for your message. I am a historian and archaeologist, but my specialization is not in Roman archaeology. I like however to be in touch with developments and databases and I must say that your work seems very impressive and also very altruistic. You spent four years of your life researching on the subject and to make the data available on the web. This deserves congratulations, as I can say from bitter experience that archaeologists and other scientists and academics are not the most sharing people I have met so far. Well done, and we all should thank YOU! Anastasia.”[E-mail personal communication 27.06.2003].

[Prof.] Anne Stewart. =

(06.05.2003) “…Dear Martin Conde, This is a wonderful and generous posting [bibliography for the Imperial Fora] of a time consuming – yet obviously rewarding – result of your labours, and I thank you for it. Cheers, Anne.” [E-mail personal communication 06.05.2003].

Prof. Ronald T. Ridley, The archaeology of Rome during the Napoleonic Era, 1809-1814 (1991).

(07.05.2003) – “Dear Martin, My sincerest thanks for your great work in preparing the two splendid bibliographies [Rome – I Fori Imperiali: 1976 – 2003]! Sincerely, Ron Ridley” [E-mail personal communication 07.05.2003].


Dott.ssa Marina Milella, Roma – Ufficio Mercati di Traiano – Museo dei Fori Imperiali.

(25.11.2002) – “There is no reason for me to translate a scientific article on the Forum of Trajan in other languages. Scholars interested in Rome usually know Italian well enough to understand what I write. By the way, I can read what they write in English, French, and Spanish or (less) German. For that reason I don’t think American journals would be interested in publishing something already published elsewhere: they want, of course, original stuff (as anybody else). You feel differently because you think not about research but about divulgation (do you say like that in English?). A good idea and I work in this field myself sometimes (in Italian, of course) but it is all a different matter. Regards, Marina Milella.” [E-mail personal communication 25.11.2002].

Prof. Claudia Moatti (USC) – In Search of Ancient Rome / A la recherche de la Rome Antique (1993). =

(02.12.2000) – “Dear Martin G Conde, The French School at Rome has conveyed me your message. Thank you very much for all you have said about A la recherche and I tempi di Roma. I would like very much to know where you found I tempi di Roma, who talked about this book… But also what you are doing, where you are from. Thanks again, and best regards from Claudia Moatti.” [E-mail personal communication 02.12.2000].