Sciences of Antiquity
Roman town planning, History of Roman construction, Archaeology of Pompeii
Department of the Sciences of Antiquity
, updated on
10 January 2022
Hélène Dessales
3A, bureau L10/AB311
45, rue d'Ulm 75230 Paris cedex 05
01 44 323767

I am a former student of the École Normale Supérieure de Paris (ENS) and of the École française de Rome. I am a lecturer at the ENS de Paris where I teach Roman archaeology and archaeological methods since 2002.

Field of research

I am also attached to the AOROC laboratory (UMR 8546). I have been leading several research projects in Pompeii since 2008 (Water and Stone exhibition; Pompeii in 3D; ANR-RECAP; Villa of Diomedes). 
My research focuses on the history of techniques in the Roman world, and particularly on hydraulic works and construction sites. They use digital humanities, mainly databases, geographic information systems and three-dimensional modeling, as in the framework of the ACOR program or the Villa of Diomedes.


Book selection: 

  • Evelyne Bukowiecki, Hélène Dessales, Julien Dubouloz, Ostie. L'eau dans la ville, Rome, Ecole française de Rome, 2008.
  • Hélène Dessales, Le partage de l’eau. Fontaines et distribution hydraulique dans l’habitat de l’Italie romaine, Rome, Ecole française de Rome, 2013.
  • Hélène Dessales, Pompéi publiée et inédite (1801-1829). Recueils de William Gell, Paris, Hermann, 2020.
  • Hélène Dessales (dir.), The Villa of Diomedes. The making of a Roman Villa in Pompeii, Paris, Hermann, 2020.