This blog was created for the pleasure of sharing what I’m studying and that I’m lucky enough to visit in person, but also for a selfish reason: isn’t telling the best way to understand and remember something?
Seneca recalled that: “et homines, dum docent, discunt” (Sen., Ad Lucilium, 7.8).

The main issue is the ancient, both in its purely archaeological manifestations, and in its reworking in the context of the history of collecting.

DATTILIOTECA. [T.] S. f. Cabinet for the rings, Marz.
2. Assortment of jewels. [T.] Plin. First in Rome, Scauro collected them. Caesar consecrated six dattilioteche in the temple of Venus.

I’m Davide G. Aquini, a products designer for the craft industry and a graphics professor at the IED (Istituto Europeo di Design) in Venice, my hometown.

Only recently I’ve resumed my studies in a more complete way, finding time and resources, in addition to work, to studying archeology and history of collecting. In December 2019 I graduated in Cultural Heritage at UTIU in Rome and currently I’m attending the Ancient Sciences course at Ca ‘Foscari Venice.

Obviously I don’t pretend to emule Pausania, but I like to think that some other enthusiasts may find my photographs and articles useful. All the photos (unless otherwise specified) are taken by me with an Huawei P20 Pro.

Thank you.

A very big thanks to Michele C., editor of the on-line magazine l’Accademia degli Incerti, who suggested me to write a diary during my two-week course in Crete and Greece.