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De Rossi, Giovanni Battistalocked

(b Rome, Feb 22, 1822; d Castelgandolfo, Sept 20, 1894).
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Italian archaeologist. Educated at the Collegio Romano and the university of Rome, he was the founder of the scientific archaeology of early Christianity. Using his extensive knowledge of ancient topography, literary sources, and the researches of the humanists (especially those of Antonio Bosio), he illuminated contemporary understanding of Early Christian life and art in Rome. His earliest excavations were carried out between ...

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Dizionario biografico degli italiani (Rome, 1960–)