Sofia Bianchi Mancini

Sofia Bianchi Mancini is a Greek and Latin philologist. Sofia did her BA in Classics at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and in her final year she spent six months at the University of Tarragona Rovira I Virgili on an Erasmus exchange programme. She was awarded an MRes in Classical Studies from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and she just completed her PhD in Ancient History at the University of Erfurt with a research focus on the socio-political dimension of judicial curse tablets in Selinous and Athens.

Her research interests lie within politics and culture in ancient Greece and Rome, Greek and Latin poetic, prose, and philosophical texts, Greek and Roman oratory, archaeology of ancient Greece and Rome, ancient magic and religion, emotions in antiquity.

She is currently a Postdoc researcher on the group project A01 “Göttliches Eigentum. Spätantike und mittelalterliche Lösungen”.

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Research Project

Her project investigates how ownership is constructed and negotiated in selected philosophical and narrative texts of late first century A.D. Rome. The starting point of the overall study is the underlying assumption that gods own and are defined by all those material and non-material spaces, which writers textually assign to them. The questions that her work will seek to answer are the following: how are material and non-material spaces constructed and owned by the gods in literature? How well does the “narrative” construction of (spatial) ownership reflect into the real world? Is there an emotional dimension connected to divine ownership?

Subprojects

Publications

  • Bianchi Mancini, S. 2015. “Aidōs Between a Cultural Concept and a Deity”, Rosetta 17, 40-52.

Teaching

  • WiSe 2019-2020: MA Seminar: Ancient Magic in Ancient and Modern Theories on Religion; University of Erfurt – Department of Religious Studies, joined teaching with Prof. Dr. Katharina Waldner.