Chen Antler

University of Glasgow

Research Title: “Meaningful Places: Intertwined Identity and Environment in Archaic Rome”

Description: My research investigates how people and environments shaped each other as Rome emerged as a place and community in the sixth century BCE. Employing a highly interdisciplinary approach, it integrates archaeological material, paleoenvironmental evidence, and topographical data through a theoretical framework of ‘ontopology’, which asserts that people and landscapes evolve together, to study three Roman pre-urban areas and their physical modification by the archaic settlers. Subsequently, through examining these modifications’ recollection in late-republican literature, it will interrogate how and why Romans reaffirmed their connection to their archaic landscape centuries later, to understand human-environment interconnectedness in modern urban identities.