Vicino Oriente is the journal of the Sezione di Orientalistica (Section of Oriental Studies) of the Department of Sciences of Antiquity of Rome “La Sapienza” University.
VO is published yearly and deals with Near and Middle Eastern Archaeology, History, Epigraphy, extending its view on the whole Mediterranean with the study of Phoenician and Punic documents.
Purposes of the journal are: to host preliminary reports of excavations currently carried on by the Department in the Near and Middle East, Egypt and the Mediterranean; to report about and update the status of research projects in progress; to introduce PhD projects currently undergoing in the Department.
The journal publishes contributions of historical, archaeological, artistic, philological, philosophical, and religious disciplines in ancient Mediterranean, Asia, and Africa. Papers submitted to the Editorial Board are, of course, selected by the members of the Scientific Committee, all scholars of the Section of Oriental Studies of Department of Sciences of Antiquities at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.

Current Issue



A. Catastini - Ricordo di Giovanni Garbini (1931-2017)

Nigro - D. Montanari - A. Guari - M. Tamburrini - P. Izzo - M. Ghayyada - I. Titi - J. Yasine - New archaeological features in Bethlehem (Palestine): the Italian-Palestinian rescue season of 2016

J. Bogdani - The archaeological atlas of Coptic literature. A question of method

V. Pisaniello - Hittite (ninda) kaz(za)mi(t)-

A.L. Corsi - A brief note on the Early Abbasid stucco decoration.
Madinat al-Far and the first Friday Mosque of Isfahan

F. Duva - New perspectives on the first Abbasid Masjid-i Jumʿa of Iṣfahān

V. Laviola - Three Islamic inkwells from Ghazni excavation

R. Giunta - Tombeaux et inscriptions funéraires de Ghazni (Afghanistan).
Quelques documents inédits Du XIe-XIIIe siècle

M.V. Fontana - Qalʿa-Iṣṭakhr and the Si Gunbadān

L. Colliva - G. Terribili - A forgotten Sasanian sculpture. The fifth bust of Narseh from the monument of Paikuli

M. Di Cesare - A note on an Umayyad carved ivory plaque kept at the Walters Art Gallery

A. Santi - The role of Madīna in the emergence of the Mosque-Dār al-Imāra combination: a preliminary note

L. Nigro - D. Montanari - M. Ghayyada - J. Yasine - The el-Atan Tomb: an Early Bronze IVB female burial in the heart of Palestine

V. Laviola - Unpublished Islamic bronze cauldrons from private collections: two early and one very late specimens

D. Montanari - Bollettino delle attività del Museo del Vicino Oriente, Egitto e Mediterraneo della Sapienza, anno 2017

A. Ten - Roma, il culto di Iside e Serapide in Campo Marzio: alcuni aggiornamenti