The Rome Department of the German Archeological Institute developed out of the "Instituto di Corrispondenza Archeologica" founded in 1829. The oldest European research institution, the Rome Department became a public institution supported by the Prussian state in 1871. Today the library's holdings are of international significance, a result of the Institute's long history and the many generous private donations it has received. Its holdings include one of the largest specialized photo collections in Italy, an extensive reference collection for academic research, including the well-established archive and the archeological bibliography (Realkatalog) that allows for the search of relevant publications. In particular, the collection focuses on Italian and North African Archeology from the pre-historical to the medieval periods. However, the library also aims at maintaining a breadth of resources representing all branches of the study of Classical Antiquity. In addition, the Institute undertakes diverse research projects in cooperation with local institutions. Its resources, as well as its publications, conferences and sponsored events, have given the Institute a prominent role in facilitating international dialogue and promoting the continuing research into ancient cultures.
Due to the renovation of its building in Via Sardegna, the German Archaeological Institute has moved to a temporary domicil in Via Curtatone 4d, 00185 Rome. Email addresses, telephone and fax numbers remain the same.
The Rome Department is a member of the Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica (AIAC) and the Unione Internazionale degli Instituti di Archeologia, Storia e Storia dell'Arte in Roma.
Closed for Summer 2014: 21 july - 29 august
Via Curtatone 4d, 3rd floor (lecture room)
Normally Thursday, start: 18 c.t.
See additionally the calendar of archaeologcial events at Rome (Agenda Archeologica Romana) of the Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica.
The library's collection encompass all branches of the study of Classical Antiquity, as well as related disciplines. Opening hours: From Monday to Friday 9:30 am - 06:30 pm. From January 2012 an annual fee of € 10.00 has to be payed for the library-card.
The collection of the photo archive encompasses a wide range of diverse monuments from the Graeco-Roman World, with particular emphasis on Italy. On account of its older holdings, as well as annual additions, the photo archive is a particularly noteworthy research tool.
The archive houses the willed estates of important archeologists, the letters of scholars, and 19th century drawings.
The Department's journal, the Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Römische Abteilung ("Römische Mitteilungen") is published annually; English submissions are welcome. Please follow the link for more information.
Each spring the staff of the Rome Department offer archeological tours to selected monuments and museums, scheduled on weekends and open to the general public; tours are conducted in the German language. A regular evening lecture series provides a forum for German and international scholars to discuss their current work. The recently founded "Incontri Amelung," lecture series emphasizes the findings of younger researchers. This year's Ostia course (formerly the Pompeii course) is an intensive introductory course familiarizing high school teachers with the archeological monuments of Ostia.