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Government and Political Cultures in the Roman Empire (1st-5th centuries)

> Participants


François Chausson (Paris 1)
Antony Hostein (Paris 1)
Benoît Rossignol (Paris 1)


François Chausson (PR, Paris 1) ; Michel Christol (PR émérite Paris 1) ; Cecilia D’Ercole (DR, EHESS) ; Dan Dana (CR, Anhima) ; Madalina Dana (MCF, Paris 1) ; Monique Dondin-Payre (DR, Anhima) ; Antony Hostein (MCF, Paris 1) ; Raphaëlle Laignoux (MCF, Paris 1) ; Benoît Rossignol (MCF, Paris 1) ; Meriem SebaÏ (MCF, Paris 1) ; Emmanuelle Valette (MCF, Paris 7)

Associate members

Emmanuel Arbabe (docteur de Paris 1) ; Pierre Cosme (PR, Rouen) ; Elizabeth Deniaux (PR émérite, Paris-X) ; Gwladys Bernard (MCF, Paris-VIII) ; Vincent Drost (British Museum) ; Gabrielle Frija (MCF, Marne-la-Vallée) ; Khaled Marmouri (docteur de Paris 1) ; Marie-Thérèse Raespsaet-Charlier (PR émérite, ULB)

Doctoral students

Federica Dell’Oro D’Amico (Messine, Paris 1) ; Imed Ghasnaoui (Tunis, Paris 1) ; Claudia Gatta (Paris 1) ; Zheira Kasdi (Paris 1) ; Agathe Migayroux (Paris 1) ; Vincent N’Guyen Van (Paris 1) ; Anne-Lise Pestel (Paris 1) ; Jean-Baptiste Picard (Paris 1)

Postdocs (Labex HASTEC-2014-15)

Lucia Rossi (Anhima, docteur d’Aix-Marseille)

External members

Agnès Arbo-Molinier (MCF, Strasbourg) ; Josiane Barbier (MCF, Paris-X) ; Anne-Florence Baroni (EFR) ; Thouraya Belkahia (PR, Tunis) ; Cécile Bertrand-Dagenbach (PR, Nancy-II) ; Alfredo Buonopane (Vérone) ; Maria Letizia Caldelli (PR associata, Rome, La Sapienza) ; Maria Domitilla Campanile (ricercatrice, Pise) ; Francesca Cenerini (Bologne) ; Giovanella Cresci Marone (PR, Venise) ; Sylvain Destephen (MCF Paris-X) ; Xavier Dupuis (MCF, Paris-X) ; Gian Luca Gregori (PR associato, Rome, La Sapienza) ; Patrice Faure (MCF, Lyon-2) ; Monique Goullet (CNRS, LAMOP) ; Paolo Liverani (PR, Florence) ; Salem Mokni (maître assistant, Sfax) ; Silvia Orlandi (PR, associata, Rome, La Sapienza) ; François Ploton-Nicollet (MCF, Orléans) ; Pierfrancesco Porena (ricercatore, Université de Chieti) ; Cecilia Ricci (ricercatrice, Université du Molise) ; Laurent Tholbecq (MCF, Université Libre de Bruxelles) ; Françoise Villedieu (EFR, Centre Camille Jullian) ; Vincent Zarini (PR, Paris-IV, directeur de l’Institut d’Etudes Augustiniennes) ; Livio Zerbini (PR associato, Ferrare).

> Topic, objectives, methodology

The studies pursued in the framework of this program revolve around the emperor, the senate, and provincial aristocracies. We will study practices of government, elite participation in policies pursued by the princeps and his entourage, and the ideological discourse that emerges around these practices, both by way of cultural go-betweens and places where the representation of power reveals its extent and nature. We will pay particular attention to the makeup of these elites and to the regeneration of the ruling class brought on by the penetration of provincials into all levels of Roman notability, as they found their place in the Roman world while recalling their political heritage. The project will cover the chronological arc from the 1st to the 5th century (potentially with forays into the periods before and after), adopting approaches from several disciplines (epigraphy, prosopography, numismatics, ancient history, topography, and the study of material culture).
Three topics are highlighted :
1- Italy, Gaul, and Africa in studies based on the epigraphic and archeological evidence, with a focus on questions of institutional and social history (municipal life, local elites). This topic will benefit from close collaboration with the research team on Roman Africa directed by M. Dondin-Payre and M. Sebaï (“Archeology, Identity, Heritage” in the “Corpus” research program).
2- The Center of Power, revolving around the figure of the princeps, in particular the places of power in Rome and different forms of central government (senate, chancellery).
3- Rome in the East (1st-4th cent.), with a focus on three projects concerning senators from Greek-speaking provinces, Greek-speaking elites in the princeps’ sphere and imperial court, and certain aspects of civic life in the 3rd century. This project will be conducted in collaboration with the research program dedicated to provincial coinage directed by M. Amandry and A. Hostein (under the “Corpus” research program).

> Programmation et résultats

Several works written or edited by members of the program are under publication : works dedicated to Antinous (ed. F. Chausson), Augustus (F. Chausson), Marcus Aurelius (B. Rossignol), the Historia Augusta (ed. C. Betrand-Dagenbach and F. Chausson), Roman Africa (ed. F. Chausson, B. Rossignol, and M.Sebaï), and Late Antique Gaul (ed. B. Fort, A. Hostein, S. Janniard, M. Kasprzyk, and P. Nouvel). Among ongoing projects, we may note the work carried out by B. Rossignol in the team dedicated to publishing the inscriptions of the Vocontii (ILN Vaison), and the work of A. Hostein on a fragmentary inscription found at Autun, financed by a PEPS from the CNRS and by the Labex HASTEC (on this project, see the note at the following address :
In September of the 2014-2015 academic year, Elena Miranda, Univ. Federico II (Naples) will give a presentation in F. Chausson’s seminar on the Sebasta of Naples in honor of the emperors. A workshop is planned at the end of 2014 for the project on the inscription from Autun coordinated by A. Hostein.

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