Corinne Bonnet has a PhD in Ancient History, from Liège University (1987) and an Habilitation degree from Grenoble University (2002). Since 2003 she is Professor of Greek History at Toulouse – Jean Jaurès University. She is a specialist in religions of the Mediterranean world, especially the Greek and Semitic areas, with a focus on multicultural contexts.
After a PhD on a spatial approach of the decision-making mechanisms in the Hellenistic democracies of Ionia and Caria, her researches continues on the Hellenistic cities in the rest of the Greek world. She combines epigraphic and archaeological sources in order to grasp the particularities of the political experience lived by the Greeks in the different places of the civic space (agoras, sanctuaries, gymnasiums, etc.).
Inès Bonnabot obtained a double Master’s degree in History, Civilizations, Heritage and Digital Humanities at the University of Rennes 2 in 2021. Specialized in ancient history, she wrote a thesis on the social and cultural aspects of the city of Smyrna during the Hellenistic and Imperial periods. For the purposes of this study, she created a relational database listing the individuals attested in the funerary corpus of Smyrna. As a research engineer in the MAP group since the 1st of October of 2021, she works on the “Digital Humanity” part of the project, and more specifically on the analysis of onomastic networks.
PhD (Paris-Sorbonne 1994) on Isis myrionyme, partly published as Myrionymi (Stuttgart 1996 ; 2nd ed. Toulouse 2016) ; Roman Provincial Coinage contributor.
After a PhD on animals and “magical” practices in the Graeco-Roman World, his researches continue on magic, the marvelous, and the ritual innovations, in relation with the materiality of rituals and the intercultural dialogue between the inhabitants of the Roman Empire. His method is anthropological and will be applied on the study of divine denominations and ritual agency inside the MAP project.
Her main research field deals with the anthropology of colours and the cultural history of the Greek world. Her PhD thesis was published in 2011 in a book entitled La fabrique des couleurs. Histoire du paysage sensible des Grecs anciens. She has been the director of the Idex interdisciplinary program Synaesthesia (https://synaesthes.hypotheses.org), and she is currently broadening her research by taking into account the whole sensorium, in order to grasp the specificities of the religious experience of the Ancient Greeks. Her enquiry is nourished by comparative discussions with anthropologists.
Having obtained a PhD in Ancient Greek History on the cult-epithets of Zeus in Attica (Université Rennes 2, 2013), Sylvain Lebreton is one of the main contributors of the BDEG (Greek Cult-Epithets Database). His work on the structures and dynamics of ancient Greek polytheism through the study of divine epithets finds in the ERC MAP a natural framework. He contributes, inter alia, in the “Greek” part of the project, in particular in its historical, geographical, social and political implications.
Academia.edu : https://ulg.academia.edu/SylvainLebreton
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PLH : http://plh.univ-tlse2.fr/accueil-plh/pratique/l-annuaire/lebreton-sylvain-529986.kjsp
Giuseppina Marano is graduated in «Philology, Literature and Civilizations of Antiquity» at the University of Naples Federico II with a dissertation in Greek History. Her research focused on maccabean history and especially on the tradition of the syngheneia between Jews and Spartans. Currently, she is a Phd student in the framework of the MAP project and works on epigraphic and numismatic sources concerning the cults of Zeus in the Southern Levant
After a PhD on the phonetics and morphology of the Doric dialects of the Argolis region held in Madrid in 2008, Enrique Nieto Izquierdo continued his research on the dialects of ancient Greek, devoting many books and articles to this subject, including his postdoctoral PhD on the syntax of the dialects of Argolis (Paris, 2017) and his Habilitation degree on the prosopography and onomastics of the city of Epidaurus (Nancy, 2021). He contributes in particular to the Greek part of the project, specially on linguistic issues.
Academia.edu : https://univ-tlse2.academia.edu/EnriqueNietoIzquierdo
Alaya Palamidis wrote her PhD thesis on abandoned sanctuaries in the ancient Greek world, and her post-doctoral research focused on Greek sanctuaries as places of knowledge. Among other things, she studied the role of different types of knowledge in the process of formation of divine names and the impact that etymological studies about these names had on cults. She joined the MAP project in March 2021 and intends to continue studying divine onomastics from the point of view of knowledge.
Clémentine Souchaud Parguez is the administrative & community manager of the MAP project since March 2021. She holds two Master 2 degrees, in Prehistoric Archaeology (2012) and History of Modern Art (2015). Currently, she is a lecturer at the University Toulouse Jean Jaurès, project officer at the Maison de la Recherche (Toulouse), and editorial secretary for the journal “Les Cahiers de Framespa”. She is the co-founder of the company Web Com’Cept, specialized in the creation of websites, communication visuals and motion design.
Les chercheurs invités
Beatrice Bersani has obtained her MA at the Università degli Studi di Torino, with a thesis in late antique Latin literature. She is now a PhD student and tutor in Classics at the University of Edinburgh. Her project examines the colourful representation of the divine forces in the Western Latin poetry of the 4th century, focusing on the relationship between traditional and Christian imagery.
Claudio Biagetti holds a Master’s degree in Archaeology from the University of Roma Tre and a PhD in Classics from the same University and from the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany. He is currently working as a contract researcher at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Subject: Ostraka and ceramic inscriptions from Ephesus) and, since 2017, he has been a lecturer in Greek Language and Literature at the Institutum Patristicum “Augustinianum” (Pontifical Lateran University). Between 2013 and 2015, he worked as Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (subject: The Papyrus Fragments of Theopompus of Chios). He was a member of several archaeological teams working in Asia Minor (Temnos, Kyme in Aeolis, Pergamon-Aigai in Aeolis, Ephesus). He was a member of the team of the Project “EDAK – Epigraphische Datenbank zum antiken Kleinasien” (University of Hamburg). His research focuses on the history, epigraphy, topography and religion of Asia Minor, on ancient historiography and on Greek papyrology.
Barbara Bolognani is a researcher in Iron Age Levantine archaeology. After obtaining a doctorate in Near Eastern History from the University of Bologna (2017), she has been a research fellow at the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2018-2019). Barbara is a coroplastic specialist and a professional member of three archaeological expeditions (Karkemish, Zincirli, Tel Keisan). For the MAP project, she seeks to establish a connection between some divine epithets in the Levant and the Phoenician terracottas as well as reconstructing the ethnic composition behind this production.
Research stay period : 03/02/2020 – 03/04/2020
Daniela Bonanno is a lecturer at the University of Palermo. She has published a monograph entitled: Ierone il Dinomenide: storia e rappresentazione (Suppl. Kokalos 21, Pisa-Rome 2010). Her work is centered on Archaic and Classic Greek history, and on history of Greek religion. She has recently co-edited the following thematic sections: Responsabilità e merito nel mondo antico. Retorica, Giustizia e Società dans Hormos 9 (2017) et Uomo e ambiente nel mondo Greco dans Hormos 10 (2018). She held scholarships from the Academia Belgica (Rome), and at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of the University of Münster and at the University of Erfurt. Currently, she is finishing a monograph on Nemesis in the Greek world.
Alessandro Buccheri (PhD EHESS and Pisa) is a post-doctoral Fellows at the Excellence Cluster HASTEC, and a membre of the Centre Jean Pépin. His research focuses on archaic and classical Greek poetry and on ancient botany. During his stay at the ERC MAP projet, he works on the use of the botanical lexicon in the names, epithtets or epicleses of the Greek goddesses and gods.
Gian Franco Chiai studied Classics at the University of Rome La Sapienza, where he pursued his PhD in Ancient History (Greek History – Supervisor: Prof. D. Musti). He taught at the Universities of Tübingen, Heidelberg, Frankfurt and Berlin (Free University), moreover he was research assistant in the project CIL at the Academy of Science in Berlin. Currently, he is pursuing his Habilitation in Ancient History at the Free University of Berlin.
His research field focuses on Ancient Greek and Roman religion, Ancient Geography, Greek Epigraphy and Ancient Numismatics.
His studies focus on Phoenician and Punic history and archaeology. He favours a multidisciplinary and comparative approach, with a special attention payed to the archaeology of cult, the history of religions, the epigraphic and iconographic studies and the human-animal relations. He holds a PhD in Ancient Near East from the University of Naples L’Orientale (2012). In his dissertation, published in 2014, He studied the topic of Phoenician and Punic tophet-sanctuaries. After his PhD, He worked as postdoctoral fellow at the École Pratique de Hautes Etudes of Paris (2012-2013), at the Laboratories of Excellence RESMED of Paris (2015) and ARCHIMEDE of Montpellier (2016-2017), at the École francaise of Rome (2017-2020), and at the Madrid Institute for Advanced Studeis (2020-2021). firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian Frevel has a PhD in Theology, from the Catholic Faculty of the University of Bonn (1994). After working on the goddess Asherah, he did his habilitation at Bonn University on priestly texts of the Pentateuch (1998). He held positions of Biblical Theology at the University of Cologne and is currently Professor for Hebrew Bible at the Ruhr-University of Bochum and Extraordinary Professor at the Department of Theology at the University of Pretoria. He publishes on various topics related to the (also religious) history of Israel and Judah, on iconography, and anthropology.
Stay: 15/09 – 31/10/2019
Institutional page: https://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/at/
Theodora Jim obtained her doctorate in Ancient History at the University of Oxford, and she is currently Associate Professor in Greek History at the University of Nottingham. She specializes in religion of ancient Greece, with a particular interest for the anthropological and comparative studies of religions. She is the author of two monographs: Sharing with the Gods: Aparchai and Dekatai in Ancient Greece (2014) and more recently Saviour Gods and Soteria in Ancient Greece (2022). In 2021, she was a winner of the Philip Leverhulme Prize.
Thesis on the commemoration of the dead among the Nabataeans and in the Old Testament (2005), habilitation on the dual body of the king in West Semitic cultures and in the Old Testament (2018). Teaches Old Testament at the University of Tübingen, focusing on the religious history of the Northwest Semites. For MAP, she records the Nabataean inscriptions as well as the Hatran inscriptions.
Luca Lorenzon graduated in Classics in 2019 at the University of Liege. He is currently preparing a PhD thesis at the same university under the joint supervision of Vinciane Pirenne-Delforge (ULiège – Collège de France) and Stefano Caneva (Università degli Studi di Padova). His research focuses on the cultic honours paid to human beings in ancient Greece. More specifically, he is interested in the way the Greeks themselves conceived ritual practices establishing an equivalence between the recipients of cultic honours and the traditional deities. He also contributes to the projects Collection of Greek Ritual Norms (CGRN) and Practicalities of Hellenistic Ruler Cults (PHRC).
Anaïs Marchiando is a doctoral student at the University of Geneva (advisor: Dominique Jaillard). She is specialized in ancient Greek and in history of the religions at the University of Geneva. Her researches focus on the Erinyes and the configurations in which the goddesses appear and act, in the Athenian tragedy and in the inscriptions.
Giuseppe Minunno, after a postgraduate degree at the School of Specialization in Archaeology at the University of Pisa, obtained a PhD at the University of Rome La Sapienza, discussing a thesis about the ritual employ of birds in ancient Levant, under the direction of Alfonso Archi and Paolo Xella. He is currently adjunct professor of Phoenician and Punic Archaeology at the the School of Specialization in Archaeological Heritage of the University of Florence and is a member of the editorial scientific board of the Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Phoenician Culture.
My research deals with the theological and ritual dynamics of ancient polytheism through the investigation of 1) the joint enshrinement and veneration of gods in cult places, 2) Greek and Latin divine onomastics and 3) the sociology and ritual practice of the so-called “mystery” cults of Isis and Mater Magna. My doctoral thesis Divine Cohabitations in Sanctuaries of the Graeco-Roman World, defended on 31 May 2021 and currently in preparation for publication, has aimed at enhancing our knowledge of the workings of polytheism by exploring one of its fundamental modus operandi: divine cohabitations, i.e. the permanent or temporary sharing of sacred enclosures, temples and altars by several gods.
My work as a guest researcher for the MAP project focuses on the divine landscape of Hellenistic and Roman Lydia. Having collected and analysed the Anatolian testimonies to divine epithets derived from anthroponyms for the workshop My name is your name. Anthroponyms as divine attributes (2-3 June 2021), I now aim to study these attributes in context, within the onomastic landscape to which they belong in the region that has yielded the bulk of their evidence: Lydia. To do so, I will introduced the Lydian onomastic sequences in the BBD MAP and establish the divine cartography of this territory in order to determine, then, how the deities with anthroponymic attributes are integrated within local pantheonic configurations and what are the specificities of their cults.
My research focuses on religious epigraphy from the Latin west of the Roman Empire. I am particularly interested in the religious interaction of groups of population with particular cults as a way to study cultural interaction in religion. My initial doctoral research dealt with the different types of solar worship in the Roman Empire and currently, I am looking to expand my line of research on trends of divine invocation during the Roman Empire. In particular, I have a deep interest in the dynamics of onomastic sequences put in context. The variety in naming the divine from repeated formulae to individual choices can help us to understand patterns of verbalising religious experience. I focus my research on cross-cultural backgrounds and how dedicatees tended to conceptualise the divine as a way to study the religious expression in epigraphy.
I also collaborate with the research team of UC3M (Madrid) to analyse religious epigraphy in Hispania and the project RICO (Religion: the Individual & the Communitas), where we analyse the modern methodological and conceptual tools to investigate religious experience. My work as an academic visitor with the MAP project will be the study of bilingual religious inscriptions from the city of Rome written in Latin and Greek.
Sébastien Plutniak is a sociologist and historian of science. His work addresses the use of formalisation, mathematisation, and automation in the humanities and social sciences. His PhD. in sociology (EHESS, 2017) was therefore about the introduction of mathematics and computing in archaeology during the second half of the 20th century. He also specialised in the use of digital methods in the humanities and social sciences (programming, network analysis, sequence analysis, publication formats, etc.). His contribution to the MAP project therefore concerns the methods for the analysis of divine onomastic sequences.
Brandon Simonson has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Boston University (2019), where he wrote a dissertation on Aramaic personal names under the direction of Alejandro Botta and Bezalel Porten. He is currently Instructor of Biblical Studies at Boston University, where he teaches courses on biblical languages and history. His research focuses on the Aramaic speaking worlds of Syria, Mesopotamia, and Egypt during the first millennium BCE, and he investigates the relationship between onomastics and the religious beliefs and perspectives of the people bearing these ancient names.
Juan Manuel Tebes is a Near Eastern historian with areas of specialization in the history and archaeology of the Iron Age southern Levant and northwestern Arabia. Tebes currently teaches at the Catholic University of Argentina; he is also researcher at the National Research Council of Argentina. He has been research fellow at several international institutions, including the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (Jerusalem), the American Center of Oriental Research (Amman), the Maison de l’Archéologie et de l’Ethnologie (Paris), the University of Sydney, New York University, University of Michigan, Ruhr-Universität Bochum and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.
Anna Elise Zernecke compared Akkadian prayers addressed to Ishtar and biblical Psalms in her doctoral dissertation in protestant theology / Old Testament (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, 2010, published in 2011 in AOAT 387), and then has investigated Elyon / most high as name / title of God / god(s) for her habilitation (2018). Since 2018, she is professor for the history of religions of the Old Testament and archaeology of Syria-Palestine at Kiel University. Her work centers on the Northwest Semitic languages, the biblical texts and inscriptions and the religions of the Levant in the first millennium BCE.
Advisory Board du projet MAP
Julie Anglade is a student in History and Sociology in the University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès. As intern she helped for the organisation of the Summer School event located in Jerusalem. She also created the designs for the communication supports addressed to the participants.
Ginevra Benedetti is a doctoral student at the University of Pisa-Siena (Italy) (advisors: Mario Lentano / Maurizio Bettini). She specialized in classical studies at the University of Siena and is now enrolled in a joint doctoral program with the University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès (co-director: Corinne Bonnet). His research focuses on the religious transformations that occurred in the Roman Empire between the I-II century AD and in particular on the gradual emergence of the deity Pantheus as sum of the powers of the known deities of Greek culture and Roman. His interests and fields of study are anthropology and religion of the ancient world, with special attention to archeology and epigraphy. Ginevra also collaborates with the Center for Anthropology of the Ancient World (Siena) for the organization of seminars and meetings, as well as with the journal “I Quaderni del Ramo d’Oro Online” as co-editor.
Maria Bianco holds a Ph.D. from the University of Paul-Valéry-Montpellier 3 and specializes in Greek and Phoenician history and epigraphy. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow associated with the project ERC – MAP. Her research interests mainly include Greek and Semitic epigraphy, multilingualism and multiculturalism in the ancient Mediterranean, as well as the linguistic transfers and contacts and onomastic in antiquity.
Student in the “Mondes Médiévaux” master (medieval history) in the Université de Toulouse 2 Jean Jaurès and former undergraduate student of the French-English Bilingual History degree. In charge of the online publishing in French and English on the ERC MAP web page, the PLH web page , and the Facebook page.
Guillaume Chemit joined the Master Mondes Anciens at the University Toulouse Jean Jaurès. Under the direction of Corinne Bonnet, he is interested in greek sacrifice in an epic context, questioning the ritual sphere in the Argonautica of Apollonius Rhodius and the Dionysiaca of Nonnos of Panopolis. In a perspective of history of religion, he seeks to highlight the modalities of interaction with the superhuman sphere, while underlining the evolution of the representation of sacrifice in the framework of the epic. As an intern in the MAP Laboratory, he studied the cults of Apollo at Delphi and Delos, through the names and the environment of the god.
Nourelhouda Elomri is in charge of proofreading the database of the MAP project. After her dual training at the Sorbonne-University in American civilization (master’s degree obtained in 2015) and English linguistics (master’s degree obtained in 2017), her PhD studies focus on the evolution of catenative construction in the English-speaking world. She is currently a teacher and pedagogical coordinator at the University of Léonard De Vinci in Paris.
Élodie Guillon is in charge of the scientific and administrative coordination of the MAP project. Since her PhD in 2013, entitled “The hinterlands of the Phoenician cities in the Hellenistic period (4th – 1st BC). Historical and spatial approaches of a geocultural area”, she has been interested in questions related to territory, territorial organization and networks animating space. Her work is focused on the spatial approach and new tools, such as spatial modelling, quantitative and statistical analysis, that enable to highlight Phoenician Punic sites’ complexity and structuration, and their interactions with their environment (spatial, cultural, social…). As part of the project, she works on developing the understanding of the use of these new tools of digital humanities. She is also much involved in the researching, essentially on the Semitic email@example.com PLH : http://plh.univ-tlse2.fr/mlle-guillon-elodie-46830.kjsp Academia.edu : https://univ-tlse2.academia.edu/ElodieGuillon/CurriculumVitae
After a degree in History at the University Jean-François Champollion in Albi, Quentin Guitard joined the University of Toulouse Jean-Jaurès and worked on the active power of the deities of desire in the 5th century BC under the direction of Adeline Grand-Clément. As an intern for the MAP project, he is conducting research on Apollo and his religious environment at Delphi and Delos.
Student in Computer Science at Toulouse 2 Jean Jaurès University.
Develop an application for graphically visualize connections between onomastic formulas.
Alexandra Kubiak-Schneider is a specialist of religious epigraphy from Palmyra. She completed her doctoral thesis in 2016, entitled “He whose name is blessed for eternity. A study of Palmyra’s consecrations without theonyms”, under the supervision of Profs. Michał Gawlikowski and Françoise Briquel-Chatonnet at the University of Warsaw. Her interests include the continuity of ancient religious traditions (Mesopotamic, Aramaic and Phoenician) and their mutations during the Hellenistic and Imperial periods in Middle-Eastern cities.
With a dual skilling in archeology (two masters) and one in geomatic (master), Antoine Laurent is interested in all forms of information spatialization in the fields of history, archeology and heritage. As part of the MAP project, he oversees the conception of the database and the analysis tools.
Valentine Pelras obtained an interdisciplinary master’s degree in Sciences of Antiquity at the University of Strasbourg, with a major in Theology of the Hebrew Bible and wrote a thesis on Feminine Intermediation in the Old Testament. Part of the MAP project at the occasion of an internship in February 2022, she could analyse the semitic onomastic elements and complete them with bibliographic references.
Manugraphie is a Webdesign company based in Toulouse, France, specialized in graphic design and webdesign for Drupal, WordPress websites.
Fabio Porzia is responsible for Levantine epigraphic and literary sources from the first millennium BCE.
He holds a MA in Biblical Exegesis from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and a doctorate on Ancient History from the University of Toulouse – Jean Jaurès. His thesis, supervised by Prof. Corinne Bonnet and Prof. Stefania Mazzoni and entitled “Ruling with the Book. A certain idea of ancient Israel”, sought to reconsider how archaeologists, historians and biblical exegetes struggle with the category of “identity” and “ethnicity” applied to the study of ancient Israel.
Fabio Porzia is active in archaeological and historical researches in the Southern Levant, and his research interests lie particularly in the large spectrum of interactions existing among different communities in the region.
Academia.edu : https://univ-tlse2.academia.edu/FabioPorzia
Former undergraduate student of the French-English Bilingual History degree, Mathilde Rieu is a second-year student in the « Mondes Anciens » master in the Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès. Her internship consists in helping with the coordination of the Coloquium « Naming and Mapping the Gods in the Ancient Mediterranean. Spaces, Mobilities, Imaginaries », in March 2020, as well as with the organization of the Seminar 4, 2019-2020.
Maxime Salvagnac is a student in Computer Science in the University Paul Sabatier Toulouse. His job is to make a request interface with the visualization of the requests on the website. He is also in charge of graphically representing the relationships between the different names of Gods.
After an undergraduate degree in history at the university Jean-François Champollion in Albi, Théo Tavernier joined the « Mondes Anciens » master of the university Toulouse Jean-Jaurès. His research in numismatic, under the direction of L. Bricault, aims to place money in the sources of the history of religion in the ancient world. As an intern in the MAP project, his research deal with Apollo and his religious environnement at Delphi and Delos.