Michelle Berenfeld

Michelle Berenfeld

Michelle Berenfeld

Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman/National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Rome Prize
settembre 11, 2017–febbraio 12, 2018
Profession
John A. McCarthy Associate Professor of Classics, Pitzer College
Project title
At Home in the City: The Neighborhoods of the Urban Elite in the Late Roman Empire
Project description

Elite urban neighborhoods in the late Roman empire (ca. third to sixth century CE) were social spaces in which daily negotiations of power, class, and piety played out among the members of the upper classes. Late Roman houses have been the object of numerous studies, but these have largely overlooked relationships between urban houses, their interaction with public spaces, and changes in those relationships over time. This project explores how the rise of Christianity affected urban neighborhoods and intersected with other developments related to class and elite power in this critical period. Using archaeological evidence from selected provincial cities (Athens, Aphrodisias, Antioch, Carthage) and Rome, together with texts produced in and about those cities, this book will present a new approach to the study of late antique houses that fully integrates them into their broader urban contexts throughout different parts of the empire.