ESR 3 Carmina Latina Epigraphica from Caesarea Mauretaniae. Edition, Translation, and Commentary

Francesco Tecca

This project aims to study and edit verse inscriptions from the city of Caesarea (modern Cherchell, Algeria), capital of the Roman client kingdom of Mauretania and then of the imperial Roman province of Mauretania Caesariensis. It shall complete and refine the existing editorial work that is excellent in the case of many inscriptions but needs to be revised with a multidisciplinary approach and according to new methodologies. The corpus will be the subject of a rigorous critical edition, based on the autopsy of the texts as long as they are preserved and as long as it is possible to see them. In some cases, issues related to their literary or metric nature will be discussed for the first time. The analysis will focus on cultural and literary influences, comparing them with the Carmina Latina Epigraphica of other cities and regions in the Roman Empire, without forgetting social and archaeological issues. CARMEN Partner institutions in Tunis, the collaboration with the research group EpiCherchell, led by Prof. Ph. Leveau, and colleagues working in Algeria will help the ESR to master this challenge.

Expected Results
A doctoral thesis on the objectives mentioned above to build up a general expertise in Latin philology and Roman cultural heritage in North Africa, and professional skills in digital editing.

Host Institution

Universidad de Sevilla


Prof. Dr. Concepción Fernández Martínez


Prof. Dr. Stephan Busch (Trier)


At the University of London, Institute of Classical Studies, with Dr. Gabriel Bodard, a world-leading expert on digital epigraphy, as supervisor (April–May 2022). The training is supported by Scuola Archeologica Italiana di Cartagine in Tunis.