Rome, Portus and Ostia on the Tabula Peutingeriana       OSTIA      HARBOUR CITY OF ANCIENT ROME
This website is dedicated to Ostia, the harbour city of ancient Rome. Here you will find information for professional archaeologists and historians, for students of Roman archaeology and history, and for interested lay-people.

Archaeological news (21-Apr-2014)
New on the website (15-Mar-2015)

[Video pages]
Our movies (6)
Documentaries (2)
AIRC movies (9)
Portus project movies (4)
Guy de la Bédoyère's movies (20)
Computer reconstructions (3)
Excavations (5)
Restoration (2)
Lectures (3)
Related movies (1)

[Getting started]
Visiting the ruins
Introduction to Ostia
Ostia - A Mediterranean port
Ostia seen from the sky
The excavations

[The archaeological remains]
Topographical dictionary
(descriptions of all buildings; topics)
Portus (the harbour district)
The necropolis of Portus
Virtual museum
Plans, reconstructions, engravings

[Ancient written sources]

Full-text books and articles
Excavations, colloquia, researchers
Ostia related links

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Presentation of the website (video)

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Ostia explored 2. A Roman bakery explained

Ostia explored 1. Mysterious travertine stones

Grain measurers depicted in their guild seat (B. Storage - L. Maish)

Streets in Ostia (B. Storage - L. Maish)

The lighthouse, two ships and a dolphin (B. Storage - L. Maish)



Ostia website Web

Important recent publications

Elena Martelli, "Sulle spalle dei saccarii. Le rappresentazioni di facchini e il trasporto di derrate nel porto di Ostia in epoca imperiale", BAR S2467, 2013. ISBN 9781407310787.

Douglas Boin, "Ostia in Late Antiquity", Cambridge University Press 2013. ISBN 1107024013.

L.B. van der Meer: "Ostia Speaks. Inscriptions, buildings and spaces in Rome's main port". Peeters Publishers, Leuven 2012. ISBN: 978-90-429-2700-1. 27 euro.

New, unpublished research on this website

The Domus delle Gorgoni: an office of the undertakers

The paintings: notes on the preservation

The paintings: an ancient showroom

Travertine stones (work in progress)