Aim of this dissertation project is to reconstruct the “disintegration” of the Western Roman Empire and to develop a historical narrative using material instead of textual sources.
This project investigates the role the sea played in the representation and legitimation of Sextus Pompeius and explores the importance of such representation- and legitimation-patterns in the wake of the war between Sextus Pompeius and Octavian. Thus, the research project also explores the adoption of such patterns by the first princeps Augustus. The aim of this project is to shed light on the genesis of the notion of imperial maritime domination.
The doctoral project A-5-4-1 represents the archaeological part of the interdisciplinary Topoi research project (A-5-4) Iron mining and smelting in the (northern) Tyrrhenian Sea. The dissertation deals beside the topography and chronology of iron smelting sites also with the impact of iron mining and smelting on the landscape of Elba Island in the 1st millennium BCE. In addition, it concentrates on a diachronic investigation of the antique mining work/slavery and on an economic historical classification of the Elban iron production in the Mediterranean context.
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 was 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 focused 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.
The project set out to examine how ancient Christianities located beyond the frontiers of Rome in late antique Western and Central Asia were shaped by the dual promises of empire and salvation.
This Ph.D. project examined 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.
This project investigated 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 – was taken into account.
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.