Nibby, Antonio

Nibby, Antonio an Italian archaeologist of high celebrity, was born at Rome in 1792, and died in that city Dec. 29, 1839. Nibby was one of those who, following in the footsteps of Winckelmann, made an elaborately minute investigation of the remains of antiquity a special study. The first work that male him known was his translation of Pausanius, with antiquarian and critical notes. In 1820 he was appointed professor of archaeology in the University of Rome. In the same year appeared his edition of Nardiui's Roma Antica; and in 1837 and 1838 his learned and admirable Analisi Storicotopogriafico-antiquaria della carta de Contorni di Roma, to which was added (1838 and 1840) a description of the city of Rome itself. Among his other writings may be mentioned his Le Mura cli Roma disegynate da W. Gell, and a large number of valuable treatises on the form and arrangement of the earliest Christian churches, the circus of Caracalla, the temple of Fortuna at Preneste, the graves of the Horatii and the Curiatii, etc.

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