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"Empire, classical history and world discoveries. Uses of classical scholarship in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Portuguese expansion."

"Empire, classical history and world discoveries. Uses of classical scholarship in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Portuguese expansion."

Objective

"This project will investigate the uses of classical antiquity in the discovery, perception and incorporation of the extra-European realities of the early modern Portuguese empire. It will analyse the phenomenon from a markedly broad perspective, comparing it to the Spanish, British, and Dutch experiences overseas. The project will analyse the presence and meanings of classical referents in both written and visual representations of worlds overseas (historical accounts, geographic descriptions, images of “conquerors” “natives” and ultramarine territories...). Three specific areas of interest will be examined. The first is the utilization of the classics for anthropological description, and for reflecting on social institutions and customs. The second concerns their use as a narrative model, a pattern for personal action, and a rhetorical resource. The third is the influence of classical sources in developing an overarching political and historical interpretation of the discoveries, and the ways in which this contributed to a reassessment of the Portuguese and European past and historical consciousness."
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Coordinator

UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA

Address

Campus De Campolide
1099 085 Lisboa

Portugal

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 144 847,20

Administrative Contact

Pedro Cardim (Prof.)

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 275853

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2012

  • End date

    31 May 2014

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 144 847,20

  • EU contribution

    € 144 847,20

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA

Portugal