Ancient History and Civilizations

The Ancient History and Civilizations area deals with research and teaching activities pertaining to Classical and pre-Classical cultures, with a focus on Ancient Greek History, Roman History, and the History of the Ancient Near East. The main research topics studied by our area are as follows: Political and Cultural History, Law, Social and Economic History, Religion, Historiography, and Epigraphy. Our staff are committed to interdisciplinary approaches to the ancient past. This enables us to carry out reasearch that crosses whatever kind of boundaries and frontiers, covering a broad range of times, places, and peoples.
Edoardo Bianchi
Temporary Assistant Professor
Alfredo Buonopane
Associate Professor
Federico Giusfredi
Associate Professor
Attilio Mastrocinque
Full Professor
Simonetta Ponchia
Associate Professor
Luisa Prandi
Full Professor
Skills
Topic People Description
Ancient history standard compliant  ERC
Alexander the Great and Alexandrographers Luisa Prandi
Studies concerning Alexander the Great and the Alexandrographers
Languages and Cultures of the Ancient Near East Federico Giusfredi
Historical philological and linguistic study of the cultures of the Ancient Near East.
Greek memories in Roman world Luisa Prandi
Studies concerning memories of the Greek past collected by historians or other authors living in Roman age.
Auxiliary sciences of History CN Inscriptions. Epigraphy Alfredo Buonopane
Edition of Roman age inscriptions in Latin and Greek. Update of the most important Corpora and implementation of the Epigraphic Database Roma (EDR). Studies about inscriptions on manufacts and daily use objects (instrumentum inscriptum). Epigraphy of production, distribution, consume and recycle.
History of Boeotia, history of Athens Luisa Prandi
Studies concerning archaic and classic history of Boeotia. Studies concerning Athens.
History of Greek polis of Byzantium and East-West relationship Luisa Prandi
Studies concerning the Greek city of Byzantium. Studies concerning the relationships between Ancient Near East and Greek and Roman World.
History of the Mediterranean area in the Archaic age Edoardo Bianchi
My research focuses on: the history of the Mediterranean basin in the Archaic period; the political and cultural relations between the Greeks, the Romans and the Etruscans (VI-IV centuries BCE); modern historiographical perspectives on Archaic Greece and Rome; political and dynastic struggles under the Julio-Claudians.
History of the Ancient Near East Federico Giusfredi
Simonetta Ponchia
History of ancient civilizations of the Syro-Mesopotamian and Anatolian regions, especially in the first millennium BC; history of socio-political and juridical institutions; Mesopotamian literary texts; contacts and cultural transmission in the ancient Mediterranean area
History of the Ancient Near East and Mesopotamia Simonetta Ponchia
Cultural Heritage of Mesopotamia and the Ancient Near East Sumero-Akkadian literary tradition History of slavery in Syro-Mesopotamian societies Institutions, administrative structures, juridical procedures (First Millennium BC esp.)
Roman History Attilio Mastrocinque
archaic Roman history, Roman Empire, Roman religion, Greek magical inscriptions
Philology and palaeography; historical linguistics (see  ERC classification)
Anatolian philology Federico Giusfredi
"Anatolian philology studies the documents, scripts, languages, cultures and history of the civilizations of pre-classical Anatolia, from the III and the I millennia BCE. It deals with sources and documents written in cuneiform, Anatolian hieroglyphs, Semitic alphabets and Greek alphabets of Asia Minor.
Gruppi di ricerca
Name Description URL
Alexander's Swat Il gruppo lavora sui toponimi attestati nella regione che corrisponde alla valle dello Swat e zone adiacenti, dove è attiva la missione archeologica italiana che fa capo all'ISMEO, e fa interagire competenze storiografiche, archeologiche nel senso più ampio, epigrafiche e storiche. Ci si attende di chiarire meglio quel segmento dell'itinerario di Alessandro il Grande e di rendere evidenti i fili conduttori della sua memoria nell'area fra il 4 sec. a. C. ed il 1 d. C. in contesti man mano etnicamente diversi.
Culture e lingue in contatto nel Vicino Oriente antico Studio dei contatti linguistici e culturali nel Vicino Oriente antico, con particolare riferimento all’Anatolia pre-classica e alle attività di ricerca del progetto PALaC.
EstOvest Il gruppo coltiva da tempo interessi di tipo storico-geografico per le aree di contatto fra mondo greco e mondo vicino orientale nel I millennio a. C. Si propone di affrontare la documentazione in maniera realmente interdisciplinare, evitando prospettive troppo limitate e limitanti.
Rituali antichi: un approccio multidisciplinare. Il Progetto propone un approccio archeologico allo studio dei rituali antichi. Mitraismo, rituali funerari romani e vita monastica medievale saranno studiati sul campo e attraverso analisi di laboratorio (paleobotaniche, archeozoologiche, chimiche) per scoprire alcuni aspetti particolari dei riti (e in particolare che cosa si mangiava e usava durante i rituali e pasti cultuali). An archaeological way to studying religions is proposed. The Roman Mithraism and funerary rituals, and medieval monastic life will be investigated in field campaigns and laboratory analyses in order to discover what they ate and used during rituals and cultic meals.
Projects
Title Managers Sponsors Starting date Duration (months)
Alexander's Swat: Toponymy Project Luisa Prandi 3/23/17 60
The Transmission of Ancient Linguistics: Texts and Contexts of the Roman Grammatical Studies Paolo De Paolis 1/20/20 36
PALaC Federico Giusfredi Commissione Europea 2/1/18 60
Ancient rituals. A multidisciplinary approach Attilio Mastrocinque 2/15/16 36
ShaBo. La formazione dei confini nell’area del Mediterraneo orientale nel I millennio a. C. Fattori etnici e geografici Luisa Prandi Ricerca di Base di Ateneo - assegnato e gestito dal Dipartimento 9/15/19 30

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