About us

Principal Investigator

Gianfranco Adornato

Gianfranco Adornato carried out his undergraduate studies at the University of Pisa, where he was awarded the Laurea Degree in Classics (Archaeology). His laurea thesis work focused on marble sculptures from Metapontum. In the same year (2000), following an international competition he was awarded a PhD fellowship at Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy. There he attended the Corso di Perfezionamento (PhD School) in Art History and Classical Archaeology under the supervision of Salvatore Settis and Paul Zanker.


Scientific Coordinator

Alessandro Poggio

Alessandro Poggio is Assistant Professor in Classical Archaeology at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca.

He has been contributing to the OltrePlinio project since its foundation.


Scientific Coordinator

Eva Falaschi

I got a Master of Arts in Classics at the University of Pisa, and studied Archaeology and Art History at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, where I earned the diploma and the PhD. I conducted research at Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in München and at the University of Oxford…


External Scientific Coordinator

Daniel Kiss

Born in Budapest (Hungary) and raised partly in the Netherlands, Dániel Kiss read Classics with Persian at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, graduating in 2001 with First Class Honours. He went on to specialise in Latin philology, and wrote a doctoral dissertation on Catullus 68 at the Scuola Normale Superiore…


Scientific Collaborator

Elisa Lonati

After being an undergraduate student at the Scuola Normale Superiore between 2011 and 2016, Elisa Lonati is currently preparing her PhD at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (PSL – Paris) and at the Scuola Normale, under the supervision of Anne-Marie Turcan-Verkerk and Giulia Ammannati. Her research project focuses on a large universal history composed at the end of the 12th century (Édition, étude des sources et de la réception du «Chronicon» d’Hélinand de Froidmont).

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She began working on the manuscript tradition of Pliny the Elder’s Naturalis historia as well as its reception in the late Middle Ages – especially in 13th-century encyclopaedias – while preparing her Master dissertation: Plinius Anglicus, Plinius Gallicus et alii. Inchieste filologiche (e non solo) tra la «Naturalis Historia» di Plinio il Vecchio e suoi epigoni tardomedievali, defended in October 2016 at the Università di Pisa under the supervision of Ernesto Stagni and Anna Zago.

Portrait of Pliny the Elder.
Illustration to Thevet’s Vrais portraits et vies des hommes illustres (Paris, 1584), p. 612


  • Giulio Amara
  • Nicola Barbagli
  • Laura Bottenberg
  • Tommaso Brusasca
  • Sofia Casini
  • Anna Maria Cimino
  • Francesca D’Andrea
  • Alessia Di Santi
  • Margherita Fantoli
  • Carlo Ferrari
  • Michele Gammella
  • Giulietta Guerini
  • Maria Ida Gulletta
  • Bart Janssen
  • Giovanni Lovisetto
  • Martina Piccinato
  • Giulia Vannucci

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