Wanted: Your Photos of the Synagogue

OSMAP has a large collection of archival photos courtesy of the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma Archivio Fotografico at Ostia, which give us snapshots of the Ostia Synagogue excavations in the 1960s and subsequent renovations in the following decades.

The Ostia Synagogue during its first excavation season in 1961. (Courtesy of the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma Archivio Fotografico at Ostia)

Since its excavation and restoration in the 1960s, thousands of visitors and pilgrims have made the long trek across Ostia to visit the synagogue, and many of you have taken photos of the building complex and its environs.  The structure of all buildings at Ostia undergo changes over the years due to environmental causes, visitors, and various necessary restorations.  OSMAP is more than an archaeological study, it is also a study of the recent social and archaeological history of the Synagogue Complex.  Therefore we wish to expand our photo archive by opening up submissions to the public—that means YOU!  We are particularly interested in photos taken during the 1970s and 1980s. If you have photos of the Synagogue complex that you would be willing to share, please scan them and email them to us.  If you would prefer for your images to remain unpublished, please let us know; otherwise, should your image be published, you will be properly acknowledged.  And please, pass this request on!  Thank you!

4 thoughts on “Wanted: Your Photos of the Synagogue

  1. Are you still interested in images of the Ostia synagogue? I visited the site in March 1973 and have 36 slides of the complex. As an Art Historian who has published a book on ancient synagogues in Israel, I took detailed images to use in lectures I gave for a course I taught at the University of Minnesota on synagogue architecture. The slides appear to be somewhat faded, but could be copied. I am uncertain about scanning. I am also very interested in the latest report on the current excavations being carried out at the site.

    • Yes, thank you so much! I will contact you via email right away, and I am happy to chat with you about our recent discoveries.

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