"DEATH, SOCIETY AND GENDER IN THE ANCIENT WORLD"

   
     

 RESEARCH PROJECT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI AND THE UNIVERSITY OF TURKU, FINLAND

   
 
LINKS:
 
UNIVERSITY of HELSINKI
Department of History
Department of Classical Philology
* its collection of links
 
 
UNIVERSITY of TURKU
Department of Classical Languages and Culture
* its collection of links
 
 
DIOTIMA

ANCIENT ART at the University of Pennsylvania Museum

ANCIENT HISTORY Sourcebooks

 
 
"Death, society and gender in the ancient world" is a three year research project under the supervision of Professor PäiviOur Alma Mater, The University of Helsinki Setälä at the Department of History, University of Helsinki, Finland. The project started at the beginning of 1999 and is funded by the Academy of Finland.

The aim of this project is to clarify and understand the changes in mortuary rituals in the Roman Empire. The point of view is limited to certain aspects e.g. gender, ideals vs. reality, social differences. The main interest lies in society and its responses to the death and dying. The research team consits of two senior researcher and two post-graduate students: 
Docent Agneta Ahlqvist
and Docent Katariina Mustakallio
MA Julia Burman and MA Riikka Hälikkä.

 

Please, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have concerning our project.



 Death, Society and Gender -project
c/o Dr. Mustakallio and Ms. Burman 
(Vuorik. 3A)
PO Box 4
00014 University of Helsinki
Finland

tel. --358-9-19122831

     
         
     
 

The Research Team:

The team is interdisciplinary as each member has specialized in a different field: Christian Archaeology and Art History, Roman History and Gender Studies, Greek and Early Byzantine History, Roman Literature and Latin Philology.

  Christian Archaeology and Art History:

Docent, PhD Agneta AHLQVIST has specialized in catacombs and their decoration. She has published severalarticles and books on this subject (e.g. Pitture e mosaici nei cimiteri paleocristiani a Siracusa, Venezia 1995).

  Roman History and Gender Studies:

Docent, PhD Katariina MUSTAKALLIO is reseaching the "old Roman" funeral rituals and their changes by focusing the question of the gender differentiations and their representations in literary and art historical material. In her dissertation (Death and Disgrace, Capital Penalties with post mortem Sanctions in Early Roman Historiography, Helsinki 1994) Mustakallio explored both the sacral dimensions and the Roman mentality lying behind these sanctions. Please find more information of current research from the new project homepage at the University of Tampere. 

  Greek and Early Byzantine History:

MA Julia BURMAN is working on her dissertation "Death Rituals and Gender in Early Byzantine and the Late Roman Greek World". She focuses on the process of the ritualization of a Christian death. The main question is how this change affected the gender differentiation in the rituals compared to the so-called pagan death rituals, as well as on the relationships between family, community, the church and the sacred. 

 

Roman Literature and Latin Philology:

MA Riikka HÄLIKKÄ analyzes the concept of a bad death in literature from the first century onwards. Are there any gender-specific features in the descriptions of a bad death? How did these descriptionschange by the rise of Christian discourse?

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