Visiting Fellow, Spring 2024
- AffiliationScuola Superiore Meridionale, Naples and University of CyprusResearch Project:The Christianisation of the Mors Immatura Theme in the Late Antique Epigraphic Practice
Federica Scicolone is a philologist specializing in Greek epigram, with interests in the impact of the literary practice on the epigraphic one, and in the interaction between text and object. She is currently Research Fellow at the Scuola Superiore Meridionale, Naples, where she leads the project “Developing Fictional Notions of the Gods in Greek Religious Texts from the Hellenistic Period” (2023-2026). This project investigates the multifarious ways in which divine entities are conceived, described, and addressed in selected epigrams and hymns from Greece, Magna Graecia and Asia Minor. Dr Scicolone is also Research Collaborator at the University of Cyprus, where is works with by Prof. M. Ypsilanti on completing a critical edition with commentary of the epigrams of Gregory of Nazianzus from Book 8 of the Greek Anthology, which is under contract with Oxford University Press. She holds a PhD in Classics from King’s College London (2018), and after that she held teaching and research appointments at King’s College London, University College London, the University of Cyprus and the University of Pavia, as well as residential fellowships at the Moore Institute, University of Galway, and the British School at Athens. Her first monograph, with title “The Language of Objects: Deixis in Descriptive Greek Epigrams”, has been recently published (Leiden: Brill, 2023).
About the Research Project
The Christianisation of the Mors Immatura Theme in the Late Antique Epigraphic Practice
This project provides a comparative evaluation of the mors immatura theme in epigrams from the Hellenistic, Imperial and Late Antique periods. It aims at assessing similarities and differences in the language, style and tropes used to commemorate those who died before maturity and marriage in texts from both pagan and Christian contexts. This will allow me to investigate the role of the ἄωροι, the young individuals who departed untimely and were often deified after death, as a divine category of its own in funerary poetic texts from a wide chronological span, which is relevant to my broader study of multiple notions of the gods at the Scuola Superiore Meridionale, Naples. At the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, I will specifically focus on the timeless figure of the ἄωρος as one of such notions, by reflecting on the possibility that the deceased was considered a divine persona in pagan Greek texts and in later Christian verse-inscriptions. Thus, I will explore the linguistic and stylistic strategies through which the religious experience of premature death was expressed in the long-lasting and fluid form of the epigram.