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Latin Relics in a Greek Egypt

Descrizione del progetto

Documentare l’autorità culturale e politica di Roma nell’Egitto tardoantico

Il progetto LAREGRE, finanziato dall’UE, si propone di studiare tutti i papiri documentari egiziani che contengono passaggi in latino, databili tra il IV e il VII secolo d.C. I documenti da studiare comprendono tutte le forme di testo, dai semplici caratteri e parole alle frasi e alle sceneggiature. I documenti sono circa 400 e saranno esaminati nel quadro più ampio dell’Egitto tardoantico e del tardo Impero romano d’Oriente nella speranza di rispondere a una domanda chiave: in che modo il governo centrale utilizzava il latino nelle province egiziane per rafforzare il suo potere e la sua autorità? Le metodologie impiegate combineranno analisi papirologiche e paleografiche sui manoscritti.

Obiettivo

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.

Parole chiave

Coordinatore

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

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Regione
Nord-Est Emilia-Romagna Bologna
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Collegamenti
Costo totale
€ 251 002,56

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