Nicola Aravecchia

Nicola Aravecchia

Assistant Professor of Classics and of Art History and Archaeology
PhD, University of Minnesota
research interests:
  • Early Christian Architecture in Egypt
  • Early Egyptian Monasticism
  • Construction and Use of Space in Domestic and Public Architecture of Late Antique Egypt

contact info:

mailing address:

  • Washington University
    CB 1050
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

Nicola Aravecchia's research interests encompass the art and archaeology of Graeco-Roman and Late Antique Egypt.

Aravecchia joined the departments of Classics and Art History and Archaeology in January 2018. He earned his doctorate in art history and master’s degree in ancient and medieval art and archaeology, both from the University of Minnesota. His current work focuses on the origins and development of Early Christian architecture in rural Egypt. Since 2005, he has been involved in archaeological projects in the Dakhla Oasis, located in the Western Desert of Upper Egypt. 

recent courses

Art in the Egypt of the Pharaohs (Art-Arch 3211)

A penetrating study of the artistic achievements in ancient Egypt during the Old, Middle and New Kingdom (c. 3000-1100 B.C.) The great monuments of Egypt will be considered both for their aesthetic importance and as expressions of the superior culture developing, flourishing, and declining in the pristine valley of the Nile.

    Art & Archaeology of Cleopatra's Egypt (Art-Arch 3212)

    This course is an introduction to the art and archaeology of Egypt from its conquest by Alexander the Great (332 BCE) to the early fourth century CE. It will examine the rich and multi-faceted history and artistic legacy of Egypt under the Ptolemies and their last queen Cleopatra, followed by the Roman conquest under Emperor Augustus up to the flourishing of Egyptian Christianity. Students will become familiar with a wide range of ancient sources, including documentary and literary texts, coins, architecture, paintings and sculpture.

      Beginning Latin I (Latin 101D)

      An introduction to Latin, the language of Ancient Rome and the European Middle Ages and Renaissance, and the most important source of English medical and scientific terms. Beginning with the foundations of Latin grammar, students will work towards developing reading knowledge with the goal of reading literary texts. Students who have already begun their study of Latin should consult the Chair of the Department.