Bokmässan 2019
Event / 2019-08-27

Här finns programmet för Medelhavsinstitutens presentationer i ab:s monter, B05:70, under Bokmässan i Göteborg. Programmet kan även laddas ned i pdf-format. Torsdag 26/9 13:30–13:50 Nya svenska utgrävningar i det antika Kalaureia Varför växte en stad fram vid en viktig Poseidonhelgedom under slutet av 300-talet f.Kr.? Svenska utgrävningar ger nya rön kring en antik stadsbildning på den grekiska ön Poros. Medverkande: Anton Bonnier (Svenska institutet i Athen, Uppsala universitet). Läs mer: rapporter och artiklar om utgrävningarna på Kalaureia finns öppet tillgängliga på En presentation av projektet finns på Atheninstitutets hemsida, Fredag 27/9 11:00–11:20 Staden Rom och guidebokens historia Hur uppstod guideboken som genre? Vad berättar äldre guideböcker om dåtidens resenärer, och kan man använda en 400 år gammal guidebok än idag? Medverkande: Anna Blennow (Svenska institutet i Rom, Göteborgs universitet) och Magnus Bremmer (Stockholms universitet, Bildningspodden, Magasinet Anekdot). Läs mer: resultaten från Anna Blennows forskningsprojekt ”Topos och topografi. Staden Rom och guidebokens födelse” (finansierat av Riksbankens jubileumsfond och baserat vid Svenska institutet i Rom) presenteras i boken Rome and the guidebook tradition, tillgänglig via Magasinet Anekdot finns på 11:30–11:50 Nya svenska utgrävningar i det antika Kalaureia Varför växte en stad fram vid en viktig Poseidonhelgedom under…

Later, laterculus, and testa
Article , Content / 2016-12-02

Opuscula 9 (2016) is now available for purchase and free download at Also available at,, and Later, laterculus, and testa. New perspectives on Latin brick terminology By Henrik Gerding Abstract For centuries antiquarians and archaeologists have tried to reconcile the terminology of ancient writers on architecture, such as Vitruvius, with the perceived realities of the material record. One particular issue of debate concerns the interpretation of different words for “brick” in Latin. In this paper it is argued that earlier attempts to settle this question are unsatisfactory and leave several problems unresolved. A thorough examination of literary and epigraphic sources, combined with new insights in Hellenistic brick usage, suggests that primary distinctions in Latin brick terminology were based on shape and size, rather than on a mere division between fired and unfired bricks. Thus, it is argued that later basically signified a large moulded block, but normally was used to indicate mud bricks; that laterculus changed over time from being a diminutive (a small later) to becoming the standard term for the relatively thin fired bricks of the Roman Imperial period; and that tes­ta originally and primarily signified a fragment of a roof tile (or…

A courtyard gate at Thourioi
Article , Content / 2011-12-02

Opuscula 4 (2011) is now available for purchase and free download at Also available at,,, and A courtyard gate at Thourioi By Henrik Gerding Abstract In the early seventies Paola Zancani Montuoro suggested that a large paved structure, which had recently been uncovered at the site of Sybaris/Thourioi in southern Italy, was the remains of an ancient neosoikos, or shipshed. This idea quickly gained widespread acceptance and is still often repeated, despite some objections having been raised. In this paper it is argued that the structure, which cannot have been a shipshed, was actually a courtyard gate belonging to the Late Classical or Early Hellenistic city wall of Thourioi. Bibliographical information Henrik Gerding, ‘A courtyard gate at Thourioi’, Opuscula. Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome (OpAthRom) 4, 7–18. Stockholm 2011. ISSN: 2000-0898 ISBN: 978-91-977798-3-8. Softcover, 168 pages.

Reconsidering the tomb of Aulus Hirtius
Article , Content / 2008-12-02

Opuscula 1 (2008) is out of print. Available for free download at Used copies might be available at and Reconsidering the tomb of Aulus Hirtius By Henrik Gerding Abstract Since its discovery, the tomb of Aulus Hirtius in Rome has been regarded as a firmly dated monument and, thus, constituted a widely used fixed point for those tracing the early development of Roman brick architecture. However, several peculiarities regarding the construction of the tomb and its inscriptions strongly indicate that the present dating, which is based on historical sources, may not be correct. In this note it is suggested by the author that the original tomb was destroyed and thoroughly remodelled in the early or mid-Augustan period. Some general implications of this regarding the introduction of brick architecture in Rome are also considered. Bibliographical information Henrik Gerding, ‘Reconsidering the tomb of Aulus Hirtius’, Opuscula. Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome (OpAthRom) 1, 145–154. Stockholm 2008. ISSN: 2000-0898. ISBN: 978-91-977798-0-7. Softcover, 198 pages.

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