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Public Cults in Private Hands: the Appropriation of cult sites from the 2nd century BC to the 2nd century AD

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Project "CULTUS" data sheet

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city: EXETER
postcode: EX4 4QJ

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 224˙933 €
 EC max contribution 224˙933 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2018
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2019
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2019-07-01   to  2021-06-30


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1    THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER UK (EXETER) coordinator 224˙933.00


 Project objective

.Drawing on exciting new discoveries in the Colli Albani area, the CULTUS project offers an unprecedented opportunity to explore the role of religion in Roman élite competition, identity creation, and state ideology, from the perspective of actual practice, agency, and integration into daily activities and more mundane physical surroundings. The identification of the famous sacrarium of Bona Dea at the ʽVilla of Clodiusʼ, Castel Gandolfo, and a re-assessment of the villas of Secciano and La Torretta, have closed important gaps in our knowledge of the Colli Albani’s sacred landscape, and have paved the way for the successful application of an innovative approach that moves away from still-prevailing paradigms of normative and static concepts of religion, and binary oppositions such as public/private or official/popular. Focussing on the much-neglected semi-public cult sites situated in private properties, the study aims to identify the patrons of these initiatives (male and female private individuals; emperors), and the reasons for their actions (self-promotion and socio-political ‘cultural capital’) over four centuries of extensive change in Roman political and social history (2nd c. BC to 2nd c. AD). The project comprises five work packages: Comprehensive data collection (WP1) and analysis (WP2) of three main case study sites and several comparative sites; the interpretation and contextualisation of these findings in a wider set of historical questions (WP3); training and outreach activities (WP4 and 5). Key concepts to be developed further are: (a) the ‘mapping of social history’ that proposes to study human action and interaction from the perspective of their spacial interconnectedness; (b) ‘lived ancient religion’ that emphasises individuals as religious agents instead of institutions, cities or ethnic groups; and (c) gender studies, that explore how women used their engagement with (semi ) public cults for self-promotion.

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