Research Group E-I aims to investigate the (re-)construction and transformation of ancient spaces and spatial concepts in the arts in post-ancient times. The group is to examine different forms of artistic transformation through imagination, construction, and resemantization, focused on the period between the early Middle Ages and the middle of the 19th century. There are four issues of central interest: the transposition of spolia; the interplay between factography and imagination in travelogues; the fictionalization and resemantization of ancient spaces in medieval literature; and finally the representation of the afterlife, based on ancient spatial concepts.
- Conceptions of the beyond in John Milton's 'Paradise Lost'
- Connections between the deconstruction of ancient spaces and post-ancient construction projects, using the example of the use of spolia in the construction and new construction of St. Peters Cathedral in Rome as a case study
- De-limitation and acquisition - The transformation and resemantization of ancient spaces in Heinrichs of Neustadt 'Apollonius von Tyrland'
- Paths through Rome. Written and visual documents from 1400 to 1600
- Perception and Transformation of Ancient Spaces and Ideas of Space in 18th-Century German Travel Writing
- Perception, imagination, and construction of ancient Greek spaces in eighteenth-century English travel writing
- Spaces of Antiquity in Early Modern Novels
- The dismanteling of the Septizonium and the reuse of its construction materials
- Vision and Script. The Revelation of Afterworld Spaces in Texts from Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages