WP2 – The creation of poetic landscapes and spaces

Following spatial ‘turns’ in other areas of classical scholarship, such as the establishment of linguistic landscapes in sociolinguistics and landscape phenomenology in historical research, we will offer a rigorous analysis of poetic landscapes within the Roman empire.

In relation to WP1, this will scrutinise the dynamics and customs at a more microscopic level, building on pioneering work that has been carried out over the last decade (e. g. Busch 1999, Kruschwitz 2006 (2007), Faßbender 2007, Schmidt 2008). In relation to WP3, this work will analyse in particular how different social strata contributed to, and engaged in, this cultural practice.

Case studies will include, but are not necessarily restricted to, cemetery complexes from the city of Rome, graffiti in verse from Pompeii and Herculaneum (building on earlier work by Gigante 1979, Kruschwitz 2004 and 2006 (2007), Cugusi 2010, Milnor 2014), and clusters from Spain, North Africa (including Egypt), and Germany.

In addition to a descriptive element, analysis will bring to the fore chronological developments, interactions between monuments (and their dedicants), social layering, and responses on a formal and aesthetical level. Moreover, this work package will also address an often underdeveloped element of Roman epigraphy, namely the relevance of multilingual landscapes in which Latin, Greek, and other languages co-exist.

The work will be carried out by a doctoral researcher under the supervision of the PI.