LAREGRE – LAtin RElics in a GReek Egypt

European Project H2020 – Marie Skłodowska Curie Action – Individual Fellowship – Global Fellowship

LAREGRE takes into account all documentary papyri from IV to VII AD Egypt, which contain passages in the Latin language, be they simple characters, words, phrases, or full texts (about 400 manuscripts). These documents will be investigated within the larger frame of Late Antique Egypt, the Late, and the Eastern Roman Empire. The core questions of this study are i) how the central government (first that of Rome, than that of Constantinople as the Empire fragmented) used the Latin language in the Egyptian provinces to enhance its power and authority; and ii) how people in Egypt reacted to the cultural and political decline of Rome, hitherto the centre of Roman power and the symbol of Western rule. The project addresses sets of documents so far understudied and fills a long-standing gap in scholarship; it stems from my experience as a scholar and interpreter of Latin texts on papyrus within the ERC-funded project PLATINUM (2015-2021), which has contributed to reassess the historical importance of manuscripts, such as Latin papyri, potsherds or tablets from Egypt and the Mediterranean basin, usually overlooked or understudied. Employed methodologies will combine papyrological and palaeographical analysis on the manuscripts – which will be greatly improved at the Center for the Tebtynis Papyri in Berkeley – with historical investigation on the texts and contexts gathered from those very manuscripts, to be decidedly enhanced by the final year of the Fellowship at the DISCI in Bologna. The success of this project will improve my professional profile into a more complete scholar, and will boost my chances of getting a tenure-track position within the DISCI itself.

Project duration


Unibo Team Leader
Supervisors: Prof Fabian L. W. Reiter (Bologna – Beneficiary)

Scientific manager for the Department
Giulio Iovine

Other departments involved

The Centre for the Tebtunis Papyri, under the supervision of Prof Todd M. Hickey (University of California Berkeley – Host Institution)

European Research Council – Horizon 2020

The University of California, Berkeley

euro 251.002,56

Level II ERC sectors**:

SH5 Cultures and Cultural Production: Literature, philology, cultural studies, anthropology, arts, philosophy