This Ph.D. project investigates the continuity of Greek polis institutions during the Roman imperial period and investigates how the political „trappings“ of Greek cities developed under Roman rule. The study focuses on the prytaneion as a building type and the prytanis as an institution which had a special significance in the context of the polis as symbolic center of the city.
Landschaftsarchäologische Evidenzen in Samnium im Kontext der Samnitischen Kriege – Die samnitischen Höhenfestungen und ihr Umland (C-6-8-2)Dissertation
This Ph.D. thesis aims at illustrating the historic settlement dynamics of Samnium within the last four centuries BC. Using a GIS, it seeks to identify spatial systems of location and architecture of the so called “hill forts” and to assess the Roman impact on the landscape following conquest.
This Ph.D. project focuses on the display of statues in public spaces in Sicily from the Hellenistic to the Late Antique period. The aim of this research project is a comprehensive synthetic study of the honorary practice in Sicily, including an assessment of all relevant features: inscriptions, bases, and sculptural remains. Particular focus is on reconstructing the spatial and socio-historical context of the honorary monuments.
The Socio-political Production of Minoan and Mycenaean Architecture. An Energetic Perspective (B-2-8)Third-party funded project
The Minoan and Mycenaean socio-political systems share many trends due to the interactions between their respective societies, but the archaeological record also testifies marked differences. This research project proposes to investigate the processes at play in the development of these distinct socio-political systems by focusing on the management of architectural production and by quantifying the impact of monumental architecture on these societies.
The aim of this PhD project is to show that wires were in fact drawn in wire in antiquity and to provide an account of how the technique of wire drawing emerged. To this end, drawplates are identified and catalogued and microscopic analysis of wires are conducted together with jewellers and conservators with the aim of reconstructing the actual production methods and their development.
This Ph.D. project offers a new, detailed analysis of the iconography of the so-called “phlyax”-vases from the 4th century BC. Due to an emphasis on pictorial elements of interaction and communication within the images – especially gesture and body language – the project moves away from static typologies of masks or role-types to an image-specific construction of human interactions and social hierarchies.
This Ph.D. project analyses form, structure and function of spatial representations in the Greek novels. These novels have long been regarded as a tightly knit generic corpus and been read as mere cosmetic recyclings of the same story. Yet recent research concentrated increasingly on the differences between the individual texts.
The Landscape Organization and Spatial Strategies in the Hinterland of Petra in Nabataean-Roman Times (A-1-2-1)Dissertation
The dissertation project researches singular aspects and overall strategies of spatial organization in and around Petra, Jordan. The chronological frame ranges from the Iron Age until Late Antiquity. However, the main focus lies within Nabataean-Roman times.
Modeling Italian urbanism in the first millennium BCE: The role of pre-urban élites in state formation at Gabii (Z-COFUND-4)Third-party funded project
The project is based on primary fieldwork conducted at the site of Gabii, a primate Latin center that emerged during the same wave of urbanization that brought neighboring Rome into existence. The aim is to elucidate the formative steps of the city formation, especially the tempo and dynamics of the transition from a settlement form featuring multiple foci to a uniform and continuous urban fabric. For this purpose architectural and funerary evidence, sampled in a central sector of the city and dating to the Early Iron Age through Archaic periods, are combined.
This Ph.D. project examines the usage of public space in Italic cities and focuses on the pragmatic dimension of architecture. By doing that certain structures of pits found within italic fora are being used to analyse architectural consequences for various perceptions like acoustics, climate control or movement behavior.