The main output of the project will be a pair of peer-reviewed edited volumes, each containing a balanced and interlocking set of articles by invited contributors.
The first of these, Roman literature under Nerva, Trajan and Hadrian: literary interactions, AD 96-138 will be published by CUP in 2018. It aims to build on the work of the project’s first two conferences, held in St Andrews in June 2013 and in Rostock in June 2014, and will have a primarily Latin focus. More details are available here.
A second edited volume will follow, based on the work of our third and fourth conferences. It will focus on the challenges of reading interaction across cultural and linguistic divides. With an extended chronological spread (96-235AD) and with an interest in interactions between Greco-Roman, Jewish and Christian writing and reading practices, it will expand the focus of volume 1 by branching out to consider a wider spread of texts and questions.
In addition to the edited volumes, a series of Working Papers (including workshop and conference proceedings, conference-paper synopses and chapter abstracts) has published on this website. Participants also collaborated to produce an archive of modern scholarship and ancient references, which supported research during the course of the project.
A wider-ranging research project is now planned on interactions between literary and less-literary/non-literary spheres of activity (military, administrative, technical, legal, political, economic, religious, and artistic) across the Roman empire. This project, based at the University of St Andrews and directed by Alice König, will not only explore the interface between literature and society across the empire in that period, from a range of angles; it aims also to interrogate some of the methodologies that underpin such a study.