Julia Habetzeder


Intertextuality and Roman visual culture

The title of my primary research project is "Intertextuality and Roman visual culture. A new approach to Roman ideal sculpture".

The aim of this project is to acquire new knowledge regarding the role of ideal sculpture in the Roman world. Since the mid-19th century, such sculptures have been studied primarily as Roman copies of Greek originals, using the method of copy criticism. During the last two decades, the dominating influence of this approach has been repeatedly criticized as it does not investigate the place of such sculptures in the Roman cultural context. Yet, no alternative approach has managed to rival that of copy criticism.

This project aims to formulate a new mode of studying this fascinating material, an approach that has great potential to produce new insights into the role of ideal sculptures in Roman society. Turning to the concept of intertextuality, this project also aims to introduce a theoretical and multidisciplinary element to the current debate on how to interpret Roman ideal sculpture.

The project is financed by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond: The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences. For more information, see: http://anslag.rj.se/en/fund/46065 and http://uppsala.academia.edu/JuliaHabetzeder