• Citizen Science: On Lending a Listening Ear to the Communities

    As I reflect on my experience at the Citizen Science Training program at SDU, I am filled with a renewed sense of purpose in writing a thesis that looks at rural communities and their daily interactions with ancient rituals and traditions. It became clear to me that the knowledge harnessed by the communities is a……

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  • Touring the libraries of Herlufsholm and Sorø

    Touring the libraries of Herlufsholm and Sorø

    One might imagine a medievalist’s work as fairly lonesome, spending long hours hidden away in a library reading room, poring over dusty old books and papers. And that is certainly part of the job. But what if those dusty old books have connections to places and institutions that are still alive and running? My project……

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  • Induction Week -Afterthoughts

    Induction Week -Afterthoughts

    Almost a month has passed from AntCom Induction Week. Beginnings are always something to look forward to, and this one was no exception. It was thrilling to finally meet our ten researchers in person after so much preparation – for us and for them. Still, beginnings are never only beginnings. It takes time, knowledge, and……

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  • Forging human relationships to rediscover ancient words

    Forging human relationships to rediscover ancient words

    The path of research is often windy. Ten years ago, on a rainy day, I jumped on a car and set out to carry out a field survey in some municipalities of the Greek minority of Salento (Grecìa Salentina, Southern Apulia). I wanted to see if the surviving literature preserved orally bore any trace of……

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  • Incredible how you can / See right through me

    Incredible how you can / See right through me

    As you may already know from the post titled “A series of unpredictable events”, the Biblioteca Capitolare of Verona, the oldest library still operating in the Western world, houses a significant number of palimpsests – i.e. manuscripts whose first layer of writing was scraped to allow their reuse – some in Latin, others in Greek.……

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  • A remote past still alive

    A remote past still alive

    In an early medieval visionary text, The Journey of Trecenzonius (10th century), the narrator describes how he wanders along a remote and deserted region at the end of the known world, Gallaecia. After the Muslim conquest, everything has been destroyed, but the old Roman lighthouse of Brigantium still stands. He goes to the top, where……

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  • “Greek, the language they gave me”… and I am not going to lose it

    “Greek, the language they gave me”… and I am not going to lose it

    “I see here an excellent track record in Classical and Byzantine philology. And some research on modern Greek linguistics. Listen to me, keep up the good work on the former and ditch the latter: studying the margins will not do much to your career”. I was a young scholar trying to carve a space for……

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  • A series of unpredictable events…

    A series of unpredictable events…

    The doctoral students who will study Greek marginalia and palimpsests in Verona will owe their (hopefully positive) experience to a series of unpredictable events in the professional life of yours truly. My interest in commentaries on the texts of classical Greek literature dates back to my Master’s thesis, in which I worked on Heliodorus’ esoteric……

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  • Don’t judge a book by its cover… or maybe do?

    Don’t judge a book by its cover… or maybe do?

    Spring 1969. A special delivery comes to Odense from Naevsted, a town of medieval origins southeast of Zealand. 40000 books formerly in the possession of Herlusfholm, a four-century old boarding school, are unloaded at the newly founded Syddansk Universitet, which had just welcomed the first students two years before. A treasure trove, which would become……

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  • Why AntCom

    Why AntCom

    This is AntBlog, a place where whoever involved in the Doctoral Network “From Antiquity to Community” can share experiences, excitement, successes and – that too – frustrations and failures from within the project. A more personal spin on a four-year ride through manuscripts, languages, archives, monuments, stories from the past and training for the future:……

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