Swedish Research in 

San Lorenzo in Lucina 


- The Transformations  
of a Late Antique  
Roman Quarter 

First page 

Why San Lorenzo in Lucina? 






Made by: Olof Brandt  

Swedish Institute in Rome  
Web page:   
Via Omero 14  
I-00197 Rome, Italy  
E-mail: isvroma@vatlib.it  


INSCRIPTIONS The inscription of Hilarina
Inscriptions in San Lorenzo in Lucina The portico
  No research without conservation 
Whenever you touch a monument, you become at least partially responsible for its well being. Usually, some one else has the full, formal responsibility - in the case of San Lorenzo in Lucina the various Soprintendenze - but if you begin to study a monument you have a moral duty to make at least a contribution to its well being. You can't just take the information you wanted and walk away. You have had something from the monument, and the monument should have something from you. 

For this reason, the small conservation work which we have carried out in san Lorenzo in Lucina cannot be separated from our research. In 2000, some of the marbles and inscriptions in the portico of San Lorenzo in Lucina were cleaned and consolidated under the guidance of Agneta Freccero (University of Göteborg). Those who are responsible for funding excavations and other reseach should be ready to fund also this kind of work. In our case, most of the work has been carried out as a kind of both research and teaching. In this way the work became an advantage both for the monument and for our scholars and students.  

Just like our research, our conservation work has tried to have the biggest possible respect for the integrity of the monument. For this reason, in some cases our work may not be very visible, as in the case of the marbles in the portico. Usually you expect marble to turn white after cleaning and conservation. But, as Agneta Freccero will explain in her report, that means removing part of the stone, its skin, which just as the skin of an old person cannot become that of a child if you don't want to use violence. Our aim was to do only what the stone needed, and to prepare the ground for conservation and research in the future.