Bienvenu aux "ports de romain"

Roman Ports is a non-profit organisation that seeks to promote ancient Roman ports in two ways: by making them better known and through funding. This site is therefore intended for a broad public: for anyone interested in Roman antiquity, for people reading at home or tourists as they travel about. The site is designed for both schoolchildren and their teachers, while students and researchers will also find what they are looking for, with references to scholarly websites and publications.
Apart from the ports of Ostia and Portus in the vicinity of Rome, our focus will be on the various Roman ports bordering the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. We shall be looking not just at the port itself but also at the associated towns and cities: how people lived, how they worked and how they were buried. In brief, the entire organisation that was needed in order to keep a port going.

The organisation
The initiators of this platform have been interested in Ostia, the port of the city of Rome, for a number of decades. During that time, we have been struck by the level of enthusiasm among the tens of thousands of people who visit this ancient port each year. In April 2016, we therefore decided to set up a non-profit organisation with the aim of bringing this enthusiastic public together and jointly setting up a fund in order to promote knowledge about the Roman ports and support their preservation. This will take the form of a foundation headed by an independent board, the members of which will, as a deliberate choice, not be attached to a university or research institute involved with the topic.

How we intend to achieve our objectives
We want to attract the greatest possible number of sympathisers through this digital magazine. Articles about the various ports and their hinterland will regularly be appearing in English, Dutch, French, German and Italian. These may be interviews or stories about the people behind the excavations, ranging from management to security staff and from scientists to gardeners. In addition we hope to obtain material about the ports from people in many different countries who have fallen in love with Roman antiquity. This might include travel reports from the present day but also from long ago, archaeological news and interviews. As already noted it is not always easy for the conservators of archaeological remains and for universities to find the funding for their work. With your assistance, we should like to lend them a helping hand by raising funds from sponsors, advertising and donations.

Apart from this website we have also set up a “Roman Ports” group on Facebook. This channel will mean that you regularly get to hear of new items in the magazine, and everyone will be able to have their say, in the form of comments on the articles or suggestions for the magazine. We hope that you too will obtain a great deal of pleasure from “Roman Ports”.

The initiators.

articles & projets récent

Le dernier trouvé sanctuaire de Mithra (Anglais)

Le dernier trouvé sanctuaire de Mithra (Anglais)

After in time the hunger of their customers was appeased....

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Défricher Le désert pour l'illumination de Rome (Anglais)

Défricher Le désert pour l'illumination de Rome (Anglais)

In his Res Rustica, Columella writes: Olea prima omnium arborum est ..........

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Apollonia, le port d’Athènes africaine (Anglais)

Apollonia, le port d’Athènes africaine (Anglais)

Herodotus has a tale regarding the founding of Cyrene ..........

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Information touristiques dans un ancien port romain (Anglais)

Information touristiques dans un ancien port romain (Anglais)

Some years ago Jan Theo Bakker, archaeological adviser of Roman Ports, and I ..........

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Le cimetière de navire de Pandateria (Anglais)

Le cimetière de navire de Pandateria (Anglais)

Recently I discovered a video about an underwater project in 2009 for the coast of the island of Ventotene, Italy.

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About Roman Ports

Amor and PsycheWe are committed to providing versions of our articles and interviews in several languages, but our first language is English.

Please become a member of the Facebook group, which is our main communication platform. There you can learn about upcoming events and items of interest, post your own photos, or share any stories or general questions you may have.

If you have specific questions about our organisation, questions about financial issues, if you would like to assist in the production of our online magazine, or if you have specific requests or ideas for content, use our contactform below. You can contact us in any language!