Principal Investigator

Alberto Dalla Rosa

Asia Minor

Alberto Dalla Rosa studied Classics and Ancient History at the Scuola Normale Superiore and at the University of Pisa (Italy). He holds a joint PhD degree from the Universities of Pisa and Cologne (Germany). During his postdoctoral career he moved across the continent, benefitting from scholarships in Cologne (Krupp foundation), Milan (State University of Milan), and in Paris (Marie Curie IEF Fellowship). He is lecturer in Ancient History at the Bordeaux Montaigne University since September 2016.

His research revolves around the definition and the exercice of the powers of the Roman emperor, seen from institutional, symbolic and economic points of view. Religious aspects, such as the study of augural law, are also one of his main interests. Other lines of research include Roman historiography and the reception of classical culture among Medieval authors.

Research associates

Yanne Broux


Yanne is a papyrologist fascinated by the quirks of Graeco-Roman Egypt. While working on the project ‘Creating Identities in Graeco-Roman Egypt’ (KU Leuven, 2008-2012), she not only immersed herself in ancient onomastics (there's a lot in a name, dear Shakespeare), but also, as a true academic hipster, in Digital Humanities. A great part of the preparatory work for her research consisted of the expansion of the onomastic and prosopographical sections of the Trismegistos database ( Her postdoctoral project 'Defining the elite in Roman Egypt' (2013-2016) focused on local power networks in Roman Egypt, combining traditional onomastic-prosopographical research with spaghetti monsters (sometimes also referred to as 'network analysis'). To promote the application of these noodly contraptions and to help those that are new to network analysis on their way, Yanne also started up a blog, Six Degrees of Spaghetti Monsters (now to be found at, in which she explains the basics of network theory and how to work with the different software available. She joined the PATRIMONIVM team in november 2017 and is responsible for the collection and contextualization of the sources from Egypt relating to landownership.

Davide Faoro


Davide Faoro studied Ancient History at the University of Bologna. He holds a PhD degree from the Universitiy of Udine (Italy). He obtained several Scholarships from the DAAD, DAI and Krupp Foundation in Germany. During his postdoctoral career, he was research fellow at the University of Udine, Trento and Bologna. His academic interests concern the Roman provincial administration. During the past years, his research has been mainly focusing on the Alps during the Augustan and Julio-Claudian age.

Lina Girdvainyte

Macedonia, Achaia, Crete & Cyrene

Lina is a legal historian who holds degrees from the universities of Vilnius (Lithuania), Leiden (The Netherlands), and Oxford (United Kingdom), and whose interests range from the political and institutional history of the Greek-speaking provinces to sociology and legal anthropology. Her Oxford D.Phil. thesis, supervised by Dr Georgy Kantor, investigated the legal history of mainland Greece under Rome, from the points of view of administration of justice, citizenship, and substantive law. Through close interrogation of largely epigraphic sources, Lina's thesis focused on the legal practice on the ground, the main patterns of legal behaviour, and the experience of law by the provincials of different juridical statuses. Throughout, she argued for the vitality of local legal frameworks under Rome, as well as the continuous importance of local civic affiliations in defining and perceiving legal identities. During the final year of her D.Phil., Lina held the Gerda Henkel Stiftung fellowship at the Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik in Munich, and was the Alan Rodger Postgraduate Visiting Researcher at the Glasgow School of Law. Lina joined the PATRIMONIVM team in February 2019 and is responsible for the provinces of Macedonia, Achaia, Crete and Cyrene.

Hernán González Bordas

Africa, Numidia, Mauretania

Hernán is an epigraphist specialised in the Roman West, particularly in North Africa. With a philologist formation at the universities of Barcelona, Vienna and Rome II, he approaches the study of ancient inscriptions by a broad spectrum of means. He obtained his master degree with one dissertation on the Roman interpretation of Celtiberian sibilants in ancient inscriptions, and another on the epigraphists of the late 18th century in the Balearic Islands. Later, he wrote a PhD (2015) and several papers on the manuscript tradition of Latin inscriptions of Tunisia, through which he has traversed the north of this country. Since then, in the frame of a postdoctoral career between France (Université de Bordeaux-Montaigne) and Spain (Universidad de Alcalá de Henares), he works on the Great Agrarian Inscriptions of Africa, a group of large altars dealing with regulations on imperial land and land tenure from the High Roman Empire located in north-central Tunisia. For the reading of these unique yet fragmentary and widely erased texts, he uses new technologies as 3D modelling with the help of the digital humanities unit AusoHNum. Currently focused on the edition of the Henchir Hnich inscription bearing the lex Hadriana de agris rudibus, his main interest is the Agrarian history of Roman North Africa, for which he works in collaboration with an international team of archaeologists.

Slavtcho Kirov

Balkan & Danubian provinces

Slavtcho Kirov completed his studies at the Bordeaux Montaigne University. He obtained a French Government Scholarship and received a joint PhD degree from the Bordeaux University and the New Bulgarian University at Sofia in 2011. During the past years, he was a lecturer in Ancient History at the University of the French West Indies and Guiana, and a collaborator in several epigraphical projects. He takes also part in the archaeological investigations in Deultum since 2013.

His academic interests concern the Roman provincial history and society of the Balkan Peninsula. His publications point to various topics in connection with the ancient Thrace and Thracians and their relationship with the Romans, as well as integration and local elites.

Alexandra Kovacs

Research assistant

Alexandra Kovacs holds a PhD in Ancient Greek history. Her research focuses on the history of food, particularly meat, and on civic-religious norms in ancient Greece. Her knowledge of Greek and her interest in digital humanities led her to join the PATRIMONIVM team in September 2020 as a research assistant. She was in charge of the curation of the material written in ancient Greek, particularly this from Egypt, and of the addition of sources in Latin related to quarries and imperial freedmen.

Sofia Piacentin

Gaul, Germany & Britain

Sofia studied Classics (BA 2010) and Archaeology (MA 2011) with a focus on Latin epigraphy at the University of Verona. During her undergraduate and postgraduate studies, she participated in archaeological excavations at Grumentum (Grumentum Nova, Potenza), and Aquileia (Udine). In 2017 she was awarded a PhD in Ancient History at King’s College London on confiscations of individual property, public sales and fines in the Roman Republic. She was then appointed Teaching Fellow in Roman History in the same university where she delivered lectures and seminars on a wide range of different topics. She also volunteered at the Naukratis Project (2012), in the Greece and Rome Department of the British Museum and at the National Gallery (2016), for the digitisation of the Thos. Agnew & Sons Archive. Her research and interests focus on Roman social and economic history, including the definition of private property and the role of patrimonial sanctions from the Republican age up to the Principate. She has recently carried out research on Roman bronze stamps (signacula ex aere), investigating their role in the daily trading activities of the Roman empire. She joined the PATRIMONIVM project in October 2018 and she is in charge of surveying imperial properties in Gaul, Germany and Britain.

Vincent Razanajao

Digital Infrastructure

Vincent Razanajao is an Egyptologist whose research interests center around the history and geography of Lower-Egypt, with a special focus on religious features and toponymy. Involved in several Digital Humanities projects for the last decade, he has been given the charge to design and develop the digital platform for Project Patrimonium. From 2012 to 2015, he was the Editor of the Topographical Bibliography and Keeper of the Griffith Institute Archive (University of Oxford), specifically in charge of moving the hundred-year-old Topographical Bibliography of ancient Egyptian texts to the digital world ( He has also been involved in the Karnak Cachette Project for which he developed Xefee, the XML Editor for ancient Egyptian Epigraphy (, and more recently in project Thot, a University of Liège based project that aims at developing semantic web resources for documenting ancient Egyptian inscribed documents (

Diego Romero

Iberian peninsula

Diego Romero received his bachelor's degree in History from the University of Seville. He continued his training at the University of Córdoba where he acquired a Master Degree in Archeology and Historical Heritage. In 2012, he obtained a University Teaching Fellowship for the realization of a PhD degree, which was defended in 2016. He is since then an honorary collaborator and has been recruited as a postdoc. While he had the opportunity to benefit from research stays at the University of Florence, at the German Archaeological Institute of Rome, and at the Institute of Archaeology of the University of Coimbra, he is also a member of the National Research Project at the University of Navarra “From mvnicipia latina to oppida labentia” (HAR2016-74854-P).

His research has been mainly focusing on the urban evolution of the Roman cities in Iberia during Antonine Age and on the dynamism of these cities from the study of Epigraphical Sources. Other centers of interest are the study of the Epigraphic habit and the funerary associations in ancient saltus Tugiensis (Jaén), as well as the analysis of the empty spaces or vacant areas located in the interior of the Hispano-roman cities.

Nicolas Solonakis

Near-Eastern provinces (Syria, Judaea, Arabia, Mesopotamia)

Nicolas studied Ancient History, Political Sciences, Archaeology and Geography at the University of Brussels (ULB), and was awarded a PhD in Ancient economic History from Ghent University. His PhD thesis investigated the grain supply systems in the Eastern Mediterranean (mostly Asia Minor and the Aegean) under the Roman Empire, involving a study of the local environment, an analysis of ancient Greek and Roman farming practices, and finally, an in-depth study of imperial, provincial and civic grain-related interventions (under the form of specific institutions, benefactions or commercial policies) via a combination of literary sources, inscriptions, papyri and archeological material. Through this analysis, he argued that governments and civic authorities played a most prominent role than private initiative in managing the urban grain supply, and that grain-supply schemes were far more sustainable than it had previously been thought. Overall, Nicolas' research interests focus on ancient Greek and Roman agriculture, land management, and the social and economic approaches to food in preindustrial economies. He also shows a strong interest in innovative quantification methods such as probabilistic (aka 'Monte-Carlo') simulations which help us reassess unanswered problems in economic history. He joined the PATRIMONIVM project in September 2018 and is responsible for the Near-Eastern provinces (Syria, Judaea, Arabia, Mesopotamia).