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Mapping out the poetic landscape(s) of the Roman empire: Ethnic and regional variations, socio-cultural diversity, and cross-cultural transformations

Descrizione del progetto

Decodificare la poesia romana per le classi inferiori

I Romani scrissero una grande quantità di poesia e storia. La poesia, nell’antica Roma, era la forma d’arte più accessibile dal punto di vista economico. Tuttavia, lo studio della poesia latina si è tradizionalmente e pressoché esclusivamente incentrato su un piccolo canone di testi, di cui si giovava solamente l’élite finanziaria di quei tempi. Il progetto MAPPOLA, finanziato dall’UE, concentra l’attenzione sullo studio di circa 4 000 versi latini sopravvissuti a partire dal terzo secolo a.C. che rappresentano anche gli strati sociali medio-bassi di Roma. MAPPOLA costituisce uno sforzo senza precedenti inteso a democratizzare la comprensione della poesia romana e mira a forgiare una nuova area di ricerca empirica e quantitativa, accanto agli approcci qualitativi tradizionali, nell’ambito della poesia latina e della sua eredità europea.

Obiettivo

Poetry was the most affordable art form in the Roman world: all it required were words, and someone with a talent to arrange them in a meaningful, aesthetically convincing way. Yet, the study of Latin poetry has traditionally almost exclusively focused on a small, judiciously transmitted canon of texts – a segment of Rome’s artistic production that favours the poetry that was produced, enjoyed, and controlled, by a political, social, and financial urban elite, reinforcing their claim to cultural superiority.

Focusing on a body of over 4,000 Latin verse inscriptions that have survived from the third century B. C. to Late Antiquity and cover the Roman empire in its entirety, representing ancient Rome’s middle and lower social strata in particular, MAPPOLA is an unprecedented effort to democratise our understanding of Roman poetry.

A fundamentally multidisciplinary project that will make use of recent methodological advances in linguistic, historical, and archaeological scholarship, MAPPOLA’s prime aim is fundamentally to reassess the verse inscriptions as evidence for poetry as a ubiquitous, inclusive cultural practice of the people of ancient Rome beyond the palaces of its urban aristocracy. It will provide answers to the following questions: How is the empire’s considerable regional and ethnic diversity reflected in the engagement with inscribed verse? How and where did poetic landscapes emerge, and what inspired them? What was the cultural and social significance of inscribed Latin verse? How did subcultures and poetic subversion take shape? How did inscribed poetry transcend and transgress artificially imposed boundaries and abstractions?

Over five years, organised into five integrated Work Packages and firmly rooted in the PI’s long-term vision, MAPPOLA will open a new area of empirical and quantitative research, alongside traditional qualititative approaches, into Latin poetry and its European legacy.

Meccanismo di finanziamento

ERC-ADG - Advanced Grant

Istituzione ospitante

UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 2 000 529,00
Indirizzo
UNIVERSITATSRING 1
1010 Wien
Austria

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Regione
Ostösterreich Wien Wien
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Collegamenti
Costo totale
€ 2 000 529,00

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