David Gilman Romano

Nicholas and Athena Karabots Professor of Greek Archaeology (On Sabbatical)
Director, Archaeological Mapping Lab.
GIDP Committee, Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis

Emil W. Haury Anthropology Building, Room 122B

About David Gilman Romano

Director, Archaeological Mapping Lab

I am a Classical Archaeologist interested in both the Greek and Roman worlds.  My specific interests include the study of ancient cities and sanctuaries, architecture, athletics and computerized applications in archaeology. The Archaeological Mapping Lab, which I direct, works in the fields of digital cartography, GIS, remote sensing, spatial analytical studies as well as databases.  Since 2003 I have been the co-Director (with M.E. Voyatzis) of the Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project, working at the Sanctuary of Zeus at Mt. Lykaion in Arcadia.  Since 1987 I have been the Director of the Corinth Computer Project, undertaking a long term study of the planning of Roman Corinth.  Since 2004 I have been the Director of Digital Augustan Rome.

Selected Publications

D. G. Romano and M.E. Voyatzis, "Sanctuaries of Zeus: Mt. Lykaion and Olympia in the Early Iron Age," Hesperia 2021, pp. 1-25.

D. G. Romano, "Some Considerations of the Land between Corinth and Sikyon During the II and I Centuries B.C.," Annuario della Scuola Archeologica Italiana di Atene, Vol. 99, 2021, pp. 565-576.

D. G. Romano, "The hippodrome and the equestrian contests at the Sanctuary of Zeus on Mt. Lykaion, Arcadia," Les Hippodromes et Les Concours Hippiques dans la Grèce Antique, eds., J.C. Moretti and P. Valavanis, Bulletin de Correspondence Hellenique, Supplement 62, Paris, 2019, pp. 27-43.

D. G. Romano, "Mt. Lykaion as the Arcadian Birthplace of Zeus," Nature-Myth-Religion in Ancient Greece, ed., T. S. Scheer, Potsdamer Altertumwissenschaftliche Beiträge, Stuttgart, 2019, pp. 219-240.

D. G. Romano, "Pirates, Slaves and Colonies in the Roman Peloponnesos," What's New in Roman Greece, National Research Foundation, Meletemata 80, Athens, 2018, pp. 55-64.

D. G. Romano, “Stadia, Palaistrai, Gymnasia and Hippodromes,” in A Companion to Greek Architecture, M. Miles, ed., Wiley-Blackwell, 2016, pp. 314-327.

D. G. Romano and M. E. Voyatzis, Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project, Part 2, The Lower 
Sanctuary, Preliminary Report 2004-2010, Hesperia, 2015, pp. 207-276. 

I. B. Romano, G. H. Davis and D. G. Romano, “The Monument Landscape and Associated Geology at the 
Sanctuary of Zeus on Mt. Lykaion,” Association for the Study of Marble and Other Stones in AntiquityAsmosia X, P. Pensabene and E. Gasparini, eds., 2015, pp. 429-436. 

D. G. Romano and M. E. Voyatzis, Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project, Part 1, The Upper 
Sanctuary: Preliminary Report 2004-2010, Hesperia, 2014, pp. 569-652. 

S. Mentzer, D. G. Romano and M.E. Voyatzis, “Micromorphological contributions to the study of ritual 
behavior at the ash altar of Zeus at Mt. Lykaion, Greece,” Archaeological Anthropological Science, 2014.

B. M. Starkovich, G. W. L. Hodgins, M. E. Voyatzis and D. G. Romano, “Dating Gods: Radiocarbon Dates from the Sanctuary of Zeus at Mt. Lykaion (Arcadia, Greece),” Proceedings of the 21st International Radiocarbon Conference, ed. by A. J. T. Jull and C. Hatte’, Radiocarbon, 55, 2013, pp. 501-513.

D. G. Romano, “Roman colonies in the Corinthian landscape,” in The Corinthia and the Northeast Peloponnesos, Topography and History from Prehistoric Times to the end of Antiquity,Proceedings of the International Conference Organized by the Directorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, the LZ’ Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities and the German Archaeological Institute, Athenaia 4, K. Kissas and W.-D. Niemeier, eds., Athens, pp. 155-160.

D. G. Romano, “Athletic Festivals in the Northeastern Peloponnesos and Central Greece,” in A Companion to Sport and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity, D. Kyle and P. Christesen, eds.,Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, pp. 176- 191.

D. G. Romano,  “The Orientation of Towns and Centuriation,” in A Companion to the Archaeology of the Roman Republic, ed., J. D. Evans, Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, pp. 253-267.

D. G. Romano and Michalis Petropoulos, “The Sanctuary of Zeus at Mt. Lykaion,” Αρχαιολογια Πελοποννεσος, A. Vlachopoulos, ed., Melissa Publishing, Athens, 2012.

D. G. Romano, “True Heroes and Dishonourable Victors at Olympia,” in Thinking the Olympics: The Classical Tradition and the Modern Games, B. Goff and M. Simpson, eds., Bristol Classical Press, London, 2012, pp. 40-56.

D. G. Romano and  M. E. Voyatzis, "Excavating at the Birthplace of Zeus," Expedition, vol. 52, 2010, pp. 9-21.

D. G. Romano, “Romanization in the Corinthia: Urban and Rural Developments,” in Roman Peloponnese III, Society, Economy and Culture under the Roman Empire: Continuity and Innovation, A.D. Rizakis and Cl. E. Lepenioti, eds., National Hellenic Research Foundation, Diffusion de Boccard, Athens, 2010, pp. 155-172.

D. G. Romano and M. E. Voyatzis, “Preserving Ancient Arcadian Heritage: Proposal for an Archaeological Park, in  Paysage et Religion, Melanges offerts a Madeleine Jost, Carlier, P. et Lerouge-Cohen, C., ed., Paris, 2010, pp. 41-55.

D. G. Romano in collaboration with Lothar Haselberger, Mapping Augustan Rome, Journal of Roman Archaeology, Supplement 50, Portsmouth, R.I., 2002.

D. G. Romano and  I. B. Romano, Catalogue of the Classical Collections of the Glencairn Museum, Bryn Athyn, Pa. 1999.

D. G. Romano with D. White, K. DeVries, I. B. Romano and Y. Stolyarik, The Ancient Greek World, The Rodney S, Young Gallery, University of Pennsylvania Museum, Philadelphia, 1995.

D. G. Romano, Athletics and Mathematics in Archaic Corinth: The Origins of the Greek Stadion, Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society, volume 206, Philadelphia, 1993.

D. G. Romano, Guest Editor, Expedition, 27, 2 (1985), 'Exploring 5000 Years of Athletics’.

Courses Taught

Anthropology 160A, World Archaeology

Anthropology 304, Introduction to Archaeological Fieldwork

Anthropology 350A, Archaeology of Ancient Athletics

Anthropology 446A/546A, Mapping Ancient Cities

Anthropology 495A/595A, Archaeology of the Peloponnesos

Areas of Study

I am a Greek and Roman archaeologist who is interested in ancient cities and sanctuaries, Greek and Roman architecture, Greek and Roman athletics and computerized applications in archaeology including digital cartography, GIS, remote sensing and spatial analytical studies.


Field Director and Co-Director (with Mary E. Voyatzis and Anna Karapanagiotou), Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project

Director, Parrhasian Heritage Park initiative

President, Parrhasian Heritage Foundation

Director, Corinth Computer Project

Director, Digital Augustan Rome Project


Research Interests

Greek and Roman cities, sanctuaries and landscapes

Greek and Roman architecture

Computer applications in archaeology including digital cartography, GIS, remote sensing and spatial analysis

Greek and Roman athletics and the ancient Olympic Games