Giovanni Battista de Rossi

Giovanni Battista de RossiProfile

Archaeologist, famous even outside his field for rediscovering early Christian catacombs, he elevated Christian archaeology to the dignity of a science. He was commissioned by Pope Pius IX to systematically investigate the catacombs on scientific principles; his immense learning and careful observations were shown by his voluminous literary output. His “Roma Sotterranea Cristiana” (Rome, 1864) is almost indispensable to the student of Christian archaeology, as is his periodical “Bulletino d’archeologia cristiana,” a publication begun in 1863 and ended in 1894.

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  • “Giovanni Battista de Rossi”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 7 December 2019. Web. 13 May 2021. <>