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Latin Relics in a Greek Egypt

Description du projet

Documenter l’autorité culturelle et politique de Rome dans l’Égypte antique tardive

Le projet LAREGRE, financé par l’UE, a pour objectif d’étudier tous les papyrus égyptiens comportant des passages en langue latine et datant du 4e au 7e siècles apr. J.-C. Les documents à étudier couvrent toutes les formes de texte, allant des simples caractères et mots aux phrases et textes. Il s’agit d’environ 400 documents, qui seront étudiés dans le contexte plus large de l’Égypte antique tardive, du Bas-Empire romain et de l’Empire byzantin, dans l’espoir de répondre à une question cruciale: comment le gouvernement central a-t-il utilisé la langue latine dans les provinces égyptiennes pour renforcer son pouvoir et son autorité? Les méthodologies employées combineront des analyses papyrologiques et paléographiques portant sur les manuscrits.

Objectif

LAREGRE takes into account all documentary papyri from IV to VII AD Egypt, which contain passages in the Latin language, be they simple characters, words, phrases, or full texts (about 400 manuscripts). These documents will be investigated within the larger frame of Late Antique Egypt, the Late, and the Eastern Roman Empire. The core questions of this study are i) how the central government (first that of Rome, than that of Constantinople as the Empire fragmented) used the Latin language in the Egyptian provinces to enhance its power and authority; and ii) how people in Egypt reacted to the cultural and political decline of Rome, hitherto the centre of Roman power and the symbol of Western rule. The project addresses sets of documents so far understudied and fills a long-standing gap in scholarship; it stems from my experience as a scholar and interpreter of Latin texts on papyrus within the ERC-funded project PLATINUM (2015-2021), which has contributed to re-assess the historical importance of manuscripts, such as Latin papyri, potsherds or tablets from Egypt and the Mediterranean basin, usually overlooked or understudied. Employed methodologies will combine papyrological and palaeographical analysis on the manuscripts – which will be greatly improved at the Center for the Tebtynis Papyri in Berkeley – with historical investigation on the texts and contexts gathered from those very manuscripts, to be decidedly enhanced by the final year of the Fellowship at the DISCI in Bologna. The success of this project will improve my professional profile into a more complete scholar, and will boost my chances of getting a tenure-track position within the DISCI itself.

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ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 251 002,56
Adresse
VIA ZAMBONI 33
40126 Bologna
Italie

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Région
Nord-Est Emilia-Romagna Bologna
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Coût total
€ 251 002,56

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