Fragments Roman Republican Antiquarians


Ordering, Constructing, Empowering: Fragments of the Roman Republican Antiquarians

Ordering, Constructing, Empowering: Fragments of the Roman Republican Antiquarians (FRRAnt) is an ERC-funded research project that aims at reconstructing in full, for the first time, the phenomenon of Roman Republican antiquarianism.

It will do so by establishing the texts and contexts of the Roman Republican antiquarians, writers whose construction of the past shaped Roman cultural identity and the religious and institutional system of the Republic. Their works constituted a revolutionary new genre that re-shaped the Roman intellectual horizon and was understood in the 19th century as a distinctive ‘antiquarian’ moment. By making available for the first time a synoptic view of Roman Republican antiquarians, FRRAnt will transform our understanding of Roman Republican culture. This, in turn, will have an enormous impact on the study of those later periods, which look back at Rome as a focal point of cultural reference.

This project will produce the first-ever complete critical edition of the fragments of the Roman Republican antiquarians, which will be philologically rigorous and historically transformative. Supplying this edition with English translation, commentary, and introductions to each author, as well as with a series of accompanying volumes, FRRAnt’s ambition is to launch the study of these texts as a major new departure for the study of the ancient world and of the classical tradition from the Renaissance onwards.

The European Research Council

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The European Research Council (ERC) awards Consolidator Grants of up to €2 million for 5 years to excellent researchers in their field.

The ERC’s mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence. In the long term it looks to substantially strengthen and shape the European research system.


Contact Us

Email: frrant@ucl.ac.uk

Visiting Address:

FRRAnt Project Office
Room 302, UCL History Department
23 Gordon Square

Postal Address:

FRRAnt Project
University College London
Department of History
Gower Street, London