The literary representation of Rome and its urban spaces in the two historiographical works of Tacitus (C-6-6-1)

Dissertation

The aim of this Ph.D. project is to elucidate the specific Tacitean representation of the urbs Roma in comparison to other literary representations and the material Rome of the Tacitean age which as part of a specific construction of past and memory reflects a subjective “Romerlebnis” that exemplifies important aspects of former values and norms.

In particular, the investigation focuses on how Tacitus perceives, presents, connotes and functionalizes the city, its urban spaces and topographies which among others implies questions about thematic, symbolic, characterizing or psychologizing functions that can be identified in the text.

 

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.

Eastern Promises of Salvation (B-5-COFUND-1)

Third-party funded project

Eastern Promises of Salvation: Religious Authority, Spiritual Pedigree, and the Globalization of Knowledge in Ancient Asian Christianities, c. 100–c. 400 CE

On the forum. Use of Public Space in Ancient Cities of Italy (C-6-1-1)

Dissertation

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.

The History of Christianisation in the Ancient Region of Cilicia (B-5-4-1)

Dissertation

This project investigates the history of early Christianity in the Kalykadnos valley and adjacent areas. To fulfill this task a cross-disciplinary approach has been chosen. A variety of sources – ranging from literary to epigraphic and archaeological material – is taken into account.

Die severische Bautätigkeit in Kleinasien (Z-BerGSAS-X-1 )

Dissertation

The objective of this dissertation is to conduct a (new) survey of the quantity and quality of individual types of imperial construction projects in Severan Asia Minor, and to analyze and evaluate the results. The research will focus on determining what political, economic and/or cultural circumstances can be grasped on this material basis, and how the scaling and transformation of the space was organized by the Severans.

 

Grenzorganisation und Grenzpolitik in der spätrömischen Kyrenaika (B-1-3-1)

Dissertation

The organizational arrangement of the borders on the periphery of the Roman empire played a central role in Roman defensive strategy. One of the most important organizational innovations of the Late Roman Period was the establishment of frontiers, which were usually entrusted to a military functionary bearing the title of dux limitis. The goal of this doctoral project is to investigate the organizational structures of a Late Roman ducatus in the region of Cyrenaica (present-day eastern Libya), structures which were largely shaped by military requirements.