Visiting Fellows 2014-15

Jesper MadsenDr Jesper Majbom Madsen

University of South Denmark

I will be working on a monograph on the Pompeian foundations in Pontos and how they developed in the imperial period, focusing on cultural interaction in an area where local, Greek and Roman traditions were brought together in the creation of new civic communities

Dates of visit: 15 May 2015 - 19 June 2015

Davide Antonio SecciDr Davide Antonio Secci

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

I am currently working on a monograph on the ring-composition of Books 2 and 3 of Vergil's Aeneid. Book 2 draws Aeneas' symmetrical path towards the centre of Troy and then outside the city, while Book 3 has the function of mirroring Dardanos' voyage to the Troad. The analysis of the structure of the two books allows, by means of the parallels drawn by the ring-composition, to shed light on many obscure points of the Vergilian text.

Dates of visit: 1 April 2015 – 5 May 2015

Rocio Gordillo HervasDr. Rocío Gordillo Hervás

Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla

I am currently working on a monograph which analyses the evolution of the Panhellenic cults in Roman times, and focuses on the introductions of new elements, restorations and changes in the rituals and the sacred scenery. I am also researching the function of the agones as an imperial tool for the organisation of religious and public time in the territories of the empire during the second century AD.

Dates of visit: 1 April 2015 – 5 May 2015

Rocio Gordillo HervasProfessor Rachel Zelnick-Abramovitz

Tel-Aviv University

My current research focuses on the legal status of grave plots in ancient Greece, as part of a larger project exploring the public and private spaces in the Greek polis, mainly in what concerns ownership of land. Funerary practices and legislation and burial types have long been recognized as reflecting social and political structures as well as attitudes to death. But some basic questions have only recently started to attract scholarly attention, although they are not less important to our understanding of ancient social and political norms. The questions, who owned the grave plot, what was the legal status of the grave plot and who was responsible for the protection of the grave form the core of my research.

Dates of visit: 1 March 2015 – 31 May 2015

Soteroula ConstantinidouAssociate Professor Soteroula Constantinidou

University of Ioannina

I am currently working on Light and Vision in the Iliad. This is a monograph where I am examining the various aspects and functions of light in the above epic as well as how vision and viewing are depicted and conceptualized by Homer. Similes are also explored in a new light, within light imagery and environment. The way that the Iliadic cosmos is illuminated so as to engage the audience’s capacity for visualization, brightness associated with the heroes’ kleos, radiant armour in connection with victory and aristeia, light imagery in divine manifestation, are some of the main themes that are being examined in this study. It is also argued that light imagery that relates to natural phenomena and time-marking has a special reference to the sequence of the events as it usually appears at transitional points of action. Thus the light perspective introduced in this work builds up a ‘panoramic view’ for the narrator and the audience of the Iliad and also illustrates Homer’s art of variation and its use for a deeper purpose. 

Dates of visit: 19 February 2015 – 30 June 2015