Opendata, web and dolomites


VEhicles as High-status Indicators in the CUlture of Late Antiquity

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






 VEHICULA project word cloud

Explore the words cloud of the VEHICULA project. It provides you a very rough idea of what is the project "VEHICULA" about.

empire    military    moving    alongside    cultural    social    clarify    competences    visualization    parade    modes    viewer    written    bound    played    signs    central    distinguishing    culture    gender    private    senatorial    self    representation    antiquity    competing    rituals    vehicles    ideas    city    pagan    lavish    innovative    classics    construction    impressive    sphere    elaborate    occupy    church    centre    establishment    roman    theology    exhibit    literary    categories    criticism    elites    scholars    ages    hierarchies    he    survival    public    hierarchisation    archaeology    identity    citizen    insignia    elite    history    immediately    underestimated    prestige    bureaucratic    ones    combining    territorial    society    philology    clear    spaces    visual    rank    surrounded    transition    middle    modern    administration    nobleman    ecclesiastical    christian    structure    vehicula    antique    place    lenses    matched    economic    made    contexts    evolution    principal    power    sources   

Project "VEHICULA" data sheet

The following table provides information about the project.


Organization address
postcode: EH8 9YL

contact info
title: n.a.
name: n.a.
surname: n.a.
function: n.a.
email: n.a.
telephone: n.a.
fax: n.a.

 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2017
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-09-01   to  2020-08-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH UK (EDINBURGH) coordinator 183˙454.00


 Project objective

VEHICULA is a study of vehicles as means for elite self-representation and the visualization of social hierarchies in the late Roman empire: its aim is to produce a comprehensive study of cultural history, which will be of interest to those in all fields of classics and history. In late antiquity, the increasing hierarchisation of society was matched by a need for the visualization of its structure: every citizen was bound not only to occupy his or her own place in society, but also to exhibit the distinguishing features of his or her rank, in a way that could be immediately clear to every viewer. Vehicles were among the most impressive signs of social and economic power; but they are also one of the most underestimated by modern scholars. The use of elaborate vehicles was the principal means for elite self-representation in public spaces, where the prestige and power of a nobleman was made clear by the lavish parade by which he was surrounded while moving through the city. The project will address several categories of visual and written sources, combining the competences and methods of archaeology, art history, classical philology, and literary criticism, and exploiting their results through the lenses of social history and the history of ideas. The innovative focus on vehicles will help clarify some characteristic developments of late antique culture and society in different contexts in which vehicles played a key role, including: the evolution of pagan theology and rituals; the establishment of a bureaucratic structure for central and territorial administration; the construction of gender identity among the elites; the competing modes of elite self-representation (senatorial, military, ecclesiastical) in the public and private sphere; the establishment of the Christian Church as a new centre of power alongside and competing with the traditional ones; the survival of Roman institutions and their insignia in the transition from antiquity to the middle ages.

Are you the coordinator (or a participant) of this project? Plaese send me more information about the "VEHICULA" project.

For instance: the website url (it has not provided by EU-opendata yet), the logo, a more detailed description of the project (in plain text as a rtf file or a word file), some pictures (as picture files, not embedded into any word file), twitter account, linkedin page, etc.

Send me an  email ( and I put them in your project's page as son as possible.

Thanks. And then put a link of this page into your project's website.

The information about "VEHICULA" are provided by the European Opendata Portal: CORDIS opendata.

More projects from the same programme (H2020-EU.1.3.2.)

SIMIS (2020)

Strongly Interacting Mass Imbalanced Superfluid with ultracold fermions

Read More  

EPIC (2019)

Evolution of Planktonic Gastropod Calcification

Read More  

POMOC (2019)

Charles IV and the power of marvellous objects

Read More