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H 290 x W 205 mm

222 pages

222 figures, 10 tables (colour throughout)

Italian text

Published Oct 2022

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803270982

Digital: 9781803270999

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Roman; Glyptic; Gems; Post-antique; Sardinia; Museums; History of collections; Cagliari

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Le gemme romane e post-antiche del Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Cagliari

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This volume provides a catalogue raisonné of around 200 engraved gems from the Roman and post-antique periods currently or formerly preserved in the National Archaeological Museum of Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy).



Presentazione (G. Tassinari) ;

Ringraziamenti ;

Introduzione ;

Capitolo 1: Le gemme ;

Capitolo 2: La formazione della collezione glittica del Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Cagliari ;

Capitolo 3: Storia degli studi e provenienza delle gemme del Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Cagliari ;

Capitolo 4: Le gemme d’età romana e post-antica nella collezione del Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Cagliari ;

Catalogo ;
La glittica di età romana ;
Le gemmae dubitandae ;
La glittica post-antica ;

Bibliografia ;

Indice dei soggetti ;

Indice dei materiali

About the Author

Miriam Napolitano obtained a master’s degree in Archaeological Heritage (in 2017) and a PhD (in 2021) at the University of Cagliari, Italy. Her research activity focuses on the material culture of Roman Sardinia and on the impressions of Neoclassical period gems belonging to the Sardinian archaeologist Filippo Nissardi (1852-1922). She has collaborated with the University of Cagliari as part of the Nora Isthmos Project team since 2013. She is in the editorial board of scientific journals on archaeology and related interdisciplinary areas.

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Miriam Napolitano (1988) ha conseguito la scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Archeologici (2017) e il dottorato di ricerca presso l'Università di Cagliari, Italia (2021). La sua attività di ricerca si concentra sullo studio della cultura materiale della Sardegna romana e sull'analisi storico-stilistica delle impronte di gemme appartenute all'archeologo sardo Filippo Nissardi (1852-1922). Collabora con il Dipartimento di Storia, Beni Culturali e territorio dell'Università di Cagliari, fa parte dell'équipe del Progetto Nora Isthmos dal 2013 ed è affiliata alla redazione di riviste scientifiche legate all'archeologia e ad altre aree interdisciplinari.


'The book on the gems of the National Museum of Cagliari is valuable for its flowing style and valuable content, capable of appealing to a wide audience, not only glyptic scholars. Any new contribution to a collection of precious gems, whether unpublished or partially published, is undoubtedly a commendable contribution to the corpus of ancient gems. Further research could open up a new chapter in the studies of the Sardinian glyptic heritage, expand the data collected through the analysis of specimens - especially those of known provenance - and identify new, hitherto little-known aspects. Furthermore, the overall research of this rare material preserved in Sardinia may prove to be a complementary means of investigation, not only for the study of glyptic iconography, but also for the knowledge of the historical and economic characteristics of a territory, such as the enchanting land of Sardinia.' [translated] – Bruna Nardelli (2022): Rivista di Archeologia Volume XLVI