Antonio Nibby

Antonio Nibby

Antonio Nibby
Born 1792
Amatrice, Italy
Died 1839
Rome, Italy
Nationality Italian
Fields Archaeology
Institutions Università di Roma "La Sapienza"
Known for Roman topography

Antonio Nibby (October 4, 1792 at Amatrice December 29, 1839 at Rome) was an Italian archaeologist and topographer.

Nibby was a critic of the history of ancient art and from 1812 in service to the Vatican worked to excavate the monuments of Rome. He also served as a secretary to Louis Napoleon, Comte de Saint-Leu. He was a professor of archaeology in the University of Rome and in the French Academy in Rome. For a few years Nibby worked together with the British archaeologist William Gell and together they published a study on the walls of Rome in 1820.[1] They had plans of publishing a study on the topography of the Roman Campagna, but they ended up publishing separately.

Nibby excavated in the area of the Forum Romanum from 1827, and cleared the Cloaca Maxima in 1829. He was an expert in the topography of Rome and its hinterland.[2]



  1. Antonio Nibby (1820). Le mura di Roma disegnate da Sir William Gell. Presso V. Poggioli stampatore.
  2. Antonio Nibby (1857). Analisi storico-topografico-antiquaria della carta de' dintorni di Roma. Forni.
  3. Antonio Nibby (1839). Roma nell'anno 1838. Tipografia delle Belle Arti.
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