Villa A at
Oplontis provides a unique testimony to the lives of the Roman elite
and their slaves in the period between 50 BCE and 79 CE.
publication of the architecture, sculpture, painted decorations, and
material culture is a primary goal of the project.
the matrix of this study, the Oplontis Project seeks to address
questions raised by the remains of the villa: 1) What is the exact
chronology of the villa, and how did its appearance change over its
history? 2) What was this villa's relationship to the sea and
ancient landscape? 3) Was this complex always used as a villa, or
did its function change during its later history? 4) What can the
villa tell us about the complex social structure of Roman Italy and
the live of its inhabitants, guests, and slaves?
The Oplontis Project utilizes a
three-prong methodology in its study of remains of Villa A which
includes excavation, systematic analysis of decorative ensembles,
and an exhaustive masonry study.
addition collaborating scholars will provide supporting studies of
ceramics, sculpture, pigment, small finds, graffiti,
paleobotany, hydraulics, depictions
of flora and fauna, the culture of the Roman garden, social history,
geology, the archaeology of the
Oplontine area, a history of the
Dissemination will include a born
digital primary publication to be published by the American Council
of Learned Societies Humanities E-book series, a secondary print
publication, a navigable 3-D model, and a comprehensive on-line
database that will be made available to researchers.