Delineating and blurring urban space and atmosphere in Roman elegy

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Delineating and blurring urban space and atmosphere in Roman elegy: religion in Tibullus’ equestrian urbanity

The spatial turn has instigated new looks onto the spatialities of ancient religion in general and a shift in focus from civitas and polis to urban frames of reference. In this talk Jörg Rüpke will continue an exploration of Augustan literature as a discourse about urbanity that is creating and changing ‘Roman’ religion. Urbanitas and the concept of urbanity will be discussed in the light of the concepts of regionalisation and atmospheres in order to shape a heuristic for the reading of Albius Tibullus, the most popular Roman elegist. The paper will argue that the second book is not only filled with descriptions of religious rituals, but organised in terms of urban and non-urban locations. In terms of contents, movements and practices create a complex co-spatiality of different overlapping spaces and atmospheres.

In collaboration with Sapienza University, Rome – Department of History, Anthropology, Religions, Art, Spectacle.


Alessandro Saggioro – Sapienza University, Rome
Adrian Brändli – Istituto Svizzero

Conference by Jörg Rüpke -Max-Weber-Kolleg, University of Erfurt

Delineating and Blurring Urban Space and Atmosphere in Roman Elegy: Religion in Tibullus’ Equestrian Urbanity

Alessandra Rolle – Istituto Svizzero (Fellow Roma Calling 2020/2021), University of Lausanne


Jörg Rüpke is Professor of Comparative Religions and Deputy Director of the Max-Weber-Kolleg at the University of Erfurt. He is also a member of the Academia Europaea (London) and of the Scientific Committee of the Collegio San Carlo Foundation in Modena. He was previously member of the National Council of Sciences (Köln). He is visiting professor at several European and American universities and he is editor of the journals „Religion in the Roman Empire“, „Archiv für Religionsgeschichte“ and „Historia Religionum“. His research focuses on the history of religions in classical and late antiquity, with particular attention to the relationship between religious practices and political authorities in Republican and Imperial Rome. Recent publications include: Religious dimensions of the self in the second century AD. (edited by Tübingen 2013); Religion. Antiquity and its legacy (London-New York 2014); On Roman Religion (Ithaca-London 2016); Religious Deviance in the Roman World (Cambridge 2016); Pantheon. Una nuova storia della religione romana  (Turin 2018); Urban Religion: A Historical Approach to Urban Growth and Religious Change (Berlin 2020); Religion and its History: A Critical Inquiry (London).

Alessandra Rolle (1982, Florence) received her PhD in Latin Literature from the University of Florence in 2011. She was a postdoc researcher at the University of Lausanne, and she worked in Pisa, London and Toronto as well. She is currently Maître Assistant at the University of Lausanne and she is author of various publications. In Rome she is conducting a research project that consists in the production of an annotated edition of the surviving fragments of Varro’s Antiquitates rerum divinarum.