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Mapping the impact of the Augustan colonies on the Early Roman Empire


The main purpose of the IMPACTVM project is to evaluate the socio-political impact of Augustan veteran colonies (1st c. BC – 1st c. AD) by understanding of how Latin and epigraphy was spread in local communities across the Roman world. This will allow us to understand the colonisation process, the origin of the colonists, the foundational policy of urban and sub-urban power centres, and the effectiveness of the Augustan colonisation’s impact on the creation of the Roman Empire through 5 selected study cases.

The project has a strong multidisciplinary nature involving a combination of well-developed approaches to Roman colonisation (epigraphy socio-linguistic approach; GIS; network analysis; historical approach; quantitative analysis; etc.) for reformulating the methodology in the studies of historical colonisation.

This proposal includes both the transfer of knowledge to the host institution and the training of the candidate in new advanced techniques (Digital Humanities) and methodologies. The result of this research will not only be papers, two seminars (in Athens and Rome), the publication of the proceedings and the collective manual on ancient names, but it will also be made available to the general public through some activities, as well as a booklet and a dissemination paper in an informative newsstand journal.

This fellowship will be undertaken at the Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Antichità of the Sapienza Università di Roma under the mentorship of Gian L. Gregori with two secondments, first in the Universities of Oxford/Nottingham under the supervision of Alex Mullen and the second in the National Hellenic Research Foundation of Athens under the supervision of Sophia Zoumbakis. The project is in line with the EU strategy of promoting cultural heritage and identity, the diversity of European culture, the interaction and translation of the traditions of its different countries and regions, and cultural cooperation with third and developing countries.

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

MSCA-IF-EF-ST - Standard EF


Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 171 473,28