Italian School of Archaeology at Athens

The Scuola Italiana di Atene Archaeological (Greek Ιταλική Αρχαιολογική Σχολή Αθηνών, also briefly SAIA ) is one of 17 foreign archaeological institutes in Greece, all of which have their head office in Athens. The Institute is supported by the universities and government research institutions in Italy.

History and tasks

The Scuola Italiana di Atene Archaeological was founded on May 9, 1909 decision of the Italian Parliament after Italian research in Greece had already been operated for decades on private initiative and without a central point of contact and with the Archaeological Missione Italiana di Creta has already been in a decade established institutional predecessor was. The first director of the new Institute was Luigi Pernier. In continuation of earlier Italian activities in Greece, the work was continued on the research of Gortyn, Prinias, Phaistos and Haghia Triada in Crete. After the First World War, the field of research Alessandro Della Seta was extended to the Aegean islands. From 1941 to 1943 was director Luciano Laurenzi. After the armistice, Italy in 1943 the School was closed by the Germans. After the war, the thirty- year-long phase began under the direction of Doro Levi, who now advanced with Iasos and Turkey in the field of view of the Institute. From 1977 to 2000, a further extension of the research under Antonino Di Vita took place. You sat up all aspects of Greek colonization, relations with Central Italy and Sicily in the early centuries of Greek antiquity in a narrow sense. Since 2000 leads Emanuele Greco, specialist especially for the Magna Graecia, the Institute.

The tasks of the Scuola Italiana di Atene Archaeological were defined in the founding act of parliament and are still valid today. Thus, the function of the Scuola, to promote the archaeological culture of Italy and graduates of the Scuola di archeologia di Roma, as well as post-doctoral classical scholars of the Italian universities and government is the means to admit the hand to perfect their studies. In addition, they will participate through travel, research and excavations in the exploration of Greece and the Greek East. At the same time it is the center and the focal point for Italian scientists in Greece and to serve as an exchange between Italian and Greek scholar and scientific relations between the two countries, which share a common ancient heritage consolidate. The institute offers multiyear study courses on prehistory and early history, ancient and late antique archeology and art history, Greek epigraphy and ancient architecture.

  • Luigi Perrier (1909-1916)
  • Alessandro Della Seta (1919-1939)
  • Guido Libertini (1939-1941)
  • Luciano Laurenzi (1941-1943)
  • Doro Levi (1947-1976)
  • Antonio Di Vita (1977-2000)
  • Emanuele Greco ( since 2000)

Institutions and research

The Institute has a library with 52,000 volumes and a photo library with around 110,000 recordings, including about 8,000 glass negatives and 17,000 slides. Content, the photo library covers the whole of Greece from the islands, but also Anatolia, the Near East, northern Africa and Italy.

Currently find excavations and research in Gortyn, Sybrita and said places in Crete, Lemnos, held in Messinian Thouria and Egialea. In cooperation with the Greek Ephorien archaeological investigations in the vicinity of Pale be performed.


The Scuola di Atene has been around since 1914, the annual journal Annuario della Scuola Italiana di Atene e delle Archaeological Missoni italiane out in Oriente. It is dedicated to the publication of research that has been supported or carried out directly or indirectly by the Scuola. In addition to excavation reports it comprises scientific articles and reviews related to archaeological publications.

Since 2002, a Notiziario is published semi-annually, the informed promptly of excavation results and the work of the Institute.