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 was 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 were 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.
- camminando vedrete. Paths through ancient Rome in the travel literature from the 7th to the 16th century
- 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'
- 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