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Jacopo Dolci

Archaeology, University of Nottingham

Thesis title:

Late antique reuse of pagan temples within the framework of urban transition in the Levant (4th-8th c.)

My research analyses the ‘afterlife’ of pagan religious buildings in the late antique cities of the Levant (modern Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria). Through a detailed analysis of construction, repair, and reuse, it will examine how urban temples and sanctuaries were transformed during late antiquity (4th-8th century). The research aims to comprehensively address the ‘afterlife’ of pagan religious buildings in the region, providing new insights into late antique urban transformations and civic aesthetics. It will use GIS to perform a comparative multi-scalar analysis of archaeological evidence regarding construction activity, transformation, repair, and abandonment of temples. By incorporating data from contemporary literary and legal sources and by selecting significant case studies (e.g. Gerasa, Caesarea, Palmyra), the collected dataset will ultimately allow me to interpret the changing societal drivers of pagan temples’ transformations in the late antique Levantine cities.

Research Area

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology of Literate Societies


1) J. Dolci. Il riuso delle fondazioni dei templi pagani nella costruzione di chiese cristiane nella Palestina bizantina, “LANX” 28 (2020), pp. 16-37