School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Thea Ravasi

Visiting Lecturer (Archaeology)



  • PhD in Roman Archaeology, Perugia State University, Italy (2010)
  • 3 years Postgraduate Diploma in Classical Archaeology (Distinction), Milan State University, Italy (2004)
  • PG training course on database applications for archaeology Milan Università Cattolica, Italy (2000)
  • 4 years Degree in Classics and Archaeology (First-class honours), Milan State University, Italy (1998)

Previous Positions

  • Museum Curator, Museo Civico di Crema, Italy (2004-2010)
  • Undergraduate Instructor, Milan University, Italy (2002-2005)
  • Senior educational officer, Milan Archaeology Museum (1999-2003)
  • Archaeology Cooperative member S.C.A., Milan, Italy (1996-2003)

Honours and Awards

  • 2006-2008, University of Perugia. Full three-years scholarship to attend doctoral research
  • 2002-2004, University of Milan. Full three-years scholarship to attend the Postgraduate School in Classical Archaeology 


Roman sculpture and architecture: aesthetics, and control

I am interested in the relation between sculpture and architecture and the disposition of sculptures as part of the planning projects of Roman imperial residences. Some of the results from my research are published in Ravasi T. 2013, "The aesthetics of display in Roman sculpture", Destrée P., Murray P. (eds), A Companion to Ancient Aesthetics (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient  World), John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Romanization and economy in Northern Italy

My research also focuses on broader transformations in the Roman economy as suggested by changes in the distribution and consumption of oil, wine and ‘garum’ fish sauce  across Northern Italy, from the Republican age to the 2 century AD. I have published extensively on roman trade and economy in the Po valley and I am currently studying the Roman republican and early imperial amphorae found in the Roman colony of Cremona. 

Logboats and river archaeology between Adda and Oglio rivers (Italy) (2006-2010 - Principal investigator)

Research and conservation project for the archaeological collection of logboats at the Museo Civico di Crema e del Cremasco in collaboration with the Archaeology Heritage Regional Board of Lombardy. Aim of the project was to reconstruct the historical significance of the only surviving archaeological evidence of fluvial navigation along Adda and Oglio rivers. Major output of the project was the setting of a permanent exhibition at the Museo Civico di Crema e del Cremasco in 2010.   

The setting of Roman small settlements (Italy) (2000-2007 - Fieldwork supervisor, Milan University, Italy)

Long-term excavation project of the Roman vicus of Calvatone-Bedriacum, near Cremona, Italy. The excavation focused on the area occupied by the Domus del Labirinto, built in the C 1BC and rebuilt during the Augustan age with lavishly decorated walls and opus signinum floors. The house comprised two triclinia, small rooms and open courtyards.

Roman colonies and urban landscapes (Italy) (1999-2005 - Fieldwork supervisor, Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Lombardia, Italy)

The research comprised the mapping of the archaeological records and the setting up of a GIS within the conservation project of the colony of Cremona (Northern Italy). The project aimed at the reconstruction of the original forma urbis of the colony. An accurate study, recording and geopositioning of all the archaeological evidence provided the reconstruction of the blocks and the road distribution within the city. It was also possible to locate the position of the Po river at the time of the foundation of the colony, in 218 BC.




Undergraduate Teaching

Classical Art from Greece to Rome (CAC1012)