Fragmentary modernisms: The classical fragment in literary and visual cultures, 1896–1950
This AHRC-funded project takes as its starting point the crucial realisation that the period in which some of the most radical literary and visual experimentations with fragmentation took place also witnessed a series of paradigm-shifting developments in the discovery and dissemination of classical antiquity in fragments. Bringing together archaeology, museology, philology and epigraphy with modern literature and art, it provides the first integrated picture of the combined impact of classical scholarship on the literary and visual aesthetics of modernism and its legacy. Dr. Nora Goldschmidt is the Principal Investigator.
Fragmentary Modernisms: The Classical Fragment in Literary and Visual Cultures, 1896-1950
This AHRC-funded project (a collaboration between Durham, Cardiff, and Manchester Universities) aims to locate, edit and publish all 250 inscriptions from ancient Athens and Attica which are now in the UK. The inscriptions are scattered across museums and private collections throughout the UK; most have not been studied for over 100 years. We are producing new texts of each inscription, together with translations and scholarly commentaries. The inscriptions are also being made freely available on the website Attic Inscriptions Online, with notes aimed at school and university students and museum visitors. Prof. Polly Low is a Co-Investigator.
Attic inscriptions website
This AHRC-funded project (a collaboration between Durham and Manchester Universities) will produce two books:
(i) a critical review of all the surviving (Greek and Latin) letter collections up to about 410 CE and
(ii) a synchronic monograph surveying the collections from a number of different perspectives. We have identified just over 50 letter collections for inclusion. The project is moving into the final phase of work on the critical review and is producing draft entries of about 4,000-6,000 words on each of the letter collections. Prof. Roy Gibson is the Principal Investigator.
Ancient letter collections webpages
The project concerns a comprehensive study, to be published as a monograph, of the religious life of Dura-Europos, a small-town on the Euphrates river in the Parthian and Roman periods known amongst scholars as the ‘Pompeii of the Syrian desert’ for the richness of its finds. A detailed and systematic study of the various temples, cults, deities and worshippers in Dura will have invaluable implications for our understanding of religious life outside the main cult centres, and will provide a methodological framework for the study of cultural life in the small-towns of the Roman provinces more generally.
Building on their collaborations through the Matariki Network, Durham and Tϋbingen Universities have established a seedcorn fund to support joint research. Through a competitive process, Durham and Tϋbingen Universities jointly advertise, select and fund research projects, seeking to extend the longstanding ties between Tϋbingen and Durham. The Department of Classics & Ancient History currently features two projects funded by the scheme. Find out more about the scheme.
Project Academy is a partnership of scholars based in Durham and Tϋbingen, with the aim of developing a major initiative in the study of the Platonic tradition. At the heart of this project will be a series of critical editions, English and German translations, and commentaries of the fragments (and testimonies) of the members of Plato’s Academy (ca. 380–266 BCE). The Durham contribution is led by Dr. Phil Horky.
DCAMP: Project Academy
“Without order or narrative? Reading Latin text collections from late roman republic to the early middle ages” is a partnership of Latin scholars based in Tübingen and Durham, that examines strategies used to design ancient and early Medieval Latin text collections. The non-chronological or apparently random ordering of these texts have given rise to the modern assumption that as collections they lack significance. Such collections stretch from the poetry of Catullus and the Ad familiares of Cicero to legal compilations, speeches and panegyrics, specialist or antiquarian literature as well as biographies and hagiographies. The project seeks to re-evaluate these collections and the assumption that they are the product of untalented or uninterested compilers. The Durham contribution is led by Prof. Roy Gibson.
Without Order or Narrative? Reading Latin Text Collections from Late Roman Republic to the Early Middle Ages ('LTC project'): A Tübingen-Durham Cooperation