Gianfranco Agosti is Professor of Classical and Late Antique Philology at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. His research interests cover Late Antiquity and Byzantine studies. During his Visiting Fellowship at St. Andrews University, he will work on a monograph devoted to a comprehensive study of the social and cultural role of inscriptional Greek poetry in Late Antiquity (end of the 3rd – beginning of the 7th c. CE).
The central issues of this work are a re-evaluation of the relation between inscriptional poems and elite literature; an exploration of the social role of poems on stone as vehicles for the display and diffusion of both classical and Christian learning; and a re-consideration of verse inscriptions’ place in the urban space of Late Antique Eastern Mediterranean Cities. Dr. Agosti plans to complete and revise the final two chapters of the monograph, focusing on literary features and social and religious aspects, in close collaboration with the Centre for Late Antiquity in St Andrews.