ESR 4 The Carmen in Funerary Space

The project will focus on the role of the verse inscriptions in the graveyards of North Africa compared to Roman Gaul. The localisation of funerary carmina in cemeteries as well as on private territory enables a sophisticated analysis of their visibility and their perception by passers-by. Other aspects to be investigated are the positioning of the poem on the monument, the additional presence of a more classical inscription and the decoration of the monument in general. Since the African provinces are rich in monuments with a known findspot or verifiable context, these will serve as the base of the research corpus. The trans-European approach to the edition will make it another important piece of the jigsaw to the Mediterranean oikumene.

Expected Results
A doctoral thesis on the objectives mentioned above to build up a general expertise about Roman funerary culture and North African cultural heritage, and professional skills in historical, philological and archaeological analysis.

Host Institution

Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté


Prof. Dr. Sabine Lefebvre


Prof. Dr. Marietta Horster (Mainz)


At Heidelberg Center for Cultural Heritage, with Prof. Dr. Christian Witschel, the director of the Institute and coordinator of the cultural heritage-training programme, as supervisor. The training concerns transfer knowledge, protection of cultural heritage and management of cultural institutions (proposed date April–May 2022). It is supported by Scuola Archeologica Italiana di Cartagine in Tunis.