Early Stage Researchers

Michele Butini
Universidad de Sevilla

  • ESR 2
    Carmina Latina Epigraphica Africae Proconsularis (Tunisia). Edition, Translation, and Commentary
  • Background:
    BA and MA in Classics (Rome)

I studied for five years at Sapienza University of Rome, the city where I also was born and which I love. I have deeply fallen in love with epigraphy during the third year of my studies and I obtained my bachelor’s degree discussing an historical and prosopographical dissertation about the collegium of the Quindecemviri sacris faciundis in the 4th century A.D. Then, I got my master’s degree in Classical Philology working on a thesis about Latin and Greek inscriptions on silverware in Late Antiquity and the Early Medieval period in Europe, focusing in particular on the metric ones, trying to compare those few examples of expression with some evidences transmitted by manuscript sources. Now I had the honour of winning one of the ESR positions in the context of the Carmen ITN. This commitment will give me the opportunity to live for at least three years in the marvellous city of Seville. This experience will definitely be the occasion that I was looking for to improve my preparation and jointly put my skills into practice, to challenge myself forcing me out of my comfort zone. I see an adventure ahead and I hope for the best.

Timo Eichhorn
Sapienza Università di Roma

  • ESR 1
    The Carmina Latina Epigraphica on Funerary Monuments of Rome
  • Background:
    BA and MA in Latin Philology and Archaeology of the Roman Provinces (Cologne)

My name is Timo Eichhorn and I graduated in Latin Philology and Archaeology of the Roman Provinces from the University of Cologne, Germany. From 2017–2021, I was a research assistant both to Prof. Jan-Felix Gaertner of the Department of Classics and to Prof. Werner Eck at the Corpus Inscriptionum Iudaeae Palaestinae (CIIP). Working on a verse inscription from ancient Cologne I became fascinated by the topic of the Carmina Latina Epigraphica because they represent a splendid example of the intersection of so many fields of research in antiquity studies. Therefore, I consider it an exceptional privilege to be given the opportunity to deal with the non-Christian funerary verse inscriptions of Rome (ESR 1) as they are not only numerous but also offer diverse contents from all social strata.

Penelope Faithfull
Universität Wien

  • ESR 6
    War and Peace. Military Lives and Identities in Latin Verse Inscriptions
  • Background:
    BA in Classics (Reading)
    MA in Medieval Studies (Exeter)

I graduated from the University of Exeter with an MA in Medieval Studies in 2020, having completed my undergraduate studies in Classics at the University of Reading in 2019. My main areas of interest include: Latin philology, Latin verse, the Roman military (particularly the imperial army), the development and evolution of Latin, Latin abbreviations, Medieval Latin and Medieval South West England.

Gabriël de Klerk
Universität Mainz

  • ESR 5
    Mapping Gender in Funerary Contexts
  • Background:
    BA and MA in Ancient History (Leiden)
    MA in Theology and Religious Studies (Leiden)

My name is Gabriël de Klerk and I will function as a PhD-student for the ESR 5: ‘Mapping Gender in Funerary Contexts’, which will be conducted at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität of Mainz. I have obtained a master’s degree in Ancient History at Leiden University in 2020 and a master’s degree in Theology and Religious Studies in 2021 (also at Leiden). My main interests are the construction of cultural and social identity on epigraphic evidence and the propagation of imperial power and ideology through numismatic sources. I have written my first master’s thesis on the Roman imperial cult in Julio-Claudian Greece and my second master’s thesis on Jewish civic identity in Roman Imperial Asia Minor.

Ana Lemes
Universität Trier

  • ESR 9
    Sit tibi terra leuis. Funeral Epigrams between Pattern Book and Individual Design
  • Background:
    BA in Latin and Ancient Roman Literature (Sao Paulo)
    MA in Literary Studies / Classical Studies (Sao Paulo)

Originally from Ribeirão Preto, Brazil. I obtained my master’s degree in Literary Studies at São Paulo State University (UNESP), with the project entitled “Dialogue with the dead: poetic translation of Latin funerary epigrams”. I worked with a corpus consisting of funerary epigrams from the Carmina Latina Epigraphica, by F. Buecheler, A. Riese and E. Lommatzsch. I analysed and poetically translated to Portuguese those epigrams in which the famous Latin expression sit tibi terra leuis could be found.

Eleonora Maiello
Universität Mainz

  • ESR 8
    Poetry in the Name of the God(s)
  • Background:
    BA and MA in Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies (Pavia)
    MA in Classics and Ancient History (Exeter)

Originally from Piacenza, a quiet and small town in the North of Italy, I discovered my passion for Classics in my high school years. I completed my BA and a MA at the University of Pavia and moved on after that to study in the UK, where I obtained a second MA at the University of Exeter. My passion for Classics brings me to the University of Mainz for a PhD within the CARMEN project.
I am very interested in the ancient world and especially in Late Antiquity and its rich cultural production and religious landscape.

Giovanni Naccarato
Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté

  • ESR 4
    Staging Death: Making a Difference
  • Background:
    BA and MA in Classics (Rome)

I graduated in Latin epigraphy at the University “La Sapienza” (Rome) with a thesis on the resistance and resilience of pagan cults in Rome during the 4th century. I have since developed a strong passion for the Carmina Latina Epigraphica. The opportunity to delve into its complex facets came with the paper I wrote for the scholarship “Course of Excellence” on two metrical inscriptions from Carthage. Thanks to my studies and research as well as my work as an epigraphist for the Epigraphic Database Roma, I have also become familiar with the digital tools of epigraphy.
Now, excited to have been chosen as ESR 4, whose intriguing title is “Staging Death: Making a Difference”, I will spend the next three years (2021-2024) trying to use the inexhaustible fund of material documents of the North African provinces to reconstruct the archaeological and epigraphic landscapes.

Eleni Oikonomou
Universidad del País Vasco

  • ESR 7
    Christian Latin Verse Inscriptions. Rhetorical Analysis of the Picture of Children
  • Background:
    BA in Classics (Thessaloniki)
    MA in Latin Philology (Thessaloniki)

My name is Eleni Oikonomou and I acquired my BA in Classics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. I continued my studies at the same institution, obtaining a MA in Latin Philology. My thesis, titled “A feminist reading of Vergil’s Dido”, gave me the chance to delve into issues regarding gender and feminist literary criticism, in particular. During my studies and for about four years, I have been teaching Latin, Ancient Greek and Modern Greek. Recently, I was given the opportunity, in the context of the CARMEN ITN project, to investigate the intriguing research domain of the commemoration of children in Christian Latin verse inscriptions at Universidad del País Vasco. Undoubtedly, I consider the next three years as a challenging as well as an exciting milestone in my academic journey.

Christin Rochlitzer
Sapienza Università di Roma

  • ESR 10
    The Carmina Latina Epigraphica of Rome Preserved in the Manuscript Tradition
  • Background:
    BA in Latin Philology and Classical Archaeology (Berlin)
    MA in Latin Philology and Papyrology – Epigraphy – Numismatics (Cologne)

My name is Christin Rochlitzer and I graduated in Latin Philology, Classical Archaeology and Epigraphy from the Humboldt University of Berlin and the University of Cologne, Germany. During my studies, I worked as a student assistant at the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum, where I have developed a special interest in Latin verse inscriptions, particularly those from the cultural “melting pot” of Rome. Within the scope of the CARMEN project, I am going to investigate the Carmina Latina Epigraphica of the Roman capital transmitted in the manuscripts of the Renaissance period.

Laura Sarli
Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier

  • ESR 11
    Communication Concepts of Archaeological Sites. Reactions to Societal and Didactic Changes
  • Background:
    BA in Classical Literature (Perugia)
    MA in Classical Archaeology (Rome)

I’m Laura Sarli, I’m from Gubbio, a beautiful town in the center of Italy. I graduated in Classical Literature at Università degli Studi di Perugia and, at the same time, I graduated in ballet, another passion of mine, at Accademia Nazionale di Danza di Roma. This January I got my master’s degree in Classical Archaeology at Università di Roma La Sapienza. In my master’s thesis I developed a structural and urbanistic comparison between Mayan and Roman arches. Indeed, during my studies, as well as working at archaeological sites in different parts of Italy, in 2019, thanks to the program ERASMUS+ ExtraUE I stayed in Mérida (Yucatán) to study Mayan archaeology, culture and epigraphy at Universidad Autónoma De Yucatán (UADY). I’m very glad to be one of the ESRs of the CARMEN project and to collaborate with the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier and the Universität Trier for the next three years. My PhD research concerns the communication concepts of archaeological sites, considering especially reactions to societal and didactic changes.

Francesco Tecca
Universidad de Sevilla

  • ESR 3
    Carmina Latina Epigraphica from Mauretania Caesariensis. Edition, Translation, and Commentary
  • Background:
    BA and MA in Classics (Rome)

I’m Francesco Tecca and I was born in Rome. I studied Classics for five years at Sapienza Università di Roma (2015-2020), where I have deepened several research methods towards the Ancient World, especially the epigraphical one: during my academic training, collaboration with EDR (Epigraphic Database Roma) was possible. For my bachelor’s degree I wrote a philological dissertation in Greek Literature “La notte nelle Argonautiche di Apollonio Rodio”. Then I became very interested in Latin epigraphy and my master’s dissertation focused on the social mobility of the apparitores, a topic that allowed me to explore the elastic structure of Roman society and its possibilities of career. After my master’s degree I had the great honour of obtaining the ESR 3 position of the CARMEN ITN project. So, for at least the next three years (2021-2024), I will study the Carmina Latina Epigraphica from Mauretania Caesariensis as a researcher of the University of Seville.