Story posted May 25, 2010
Elizabeth Robinson '03 has won the Irene Rosenzweig/Samuel H. Kress Foundation Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome.
Having received a masters degree in classics in 2007, Robinson has been in Italy conducting research in pursuit of a Ph.D. in classical archaeology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The Rome Award provides the opportunity for Robinson to continue that research for two years at the American Academy in Rome as she works on her dissertation, Cultural Processes in Larinum from the Fourth Century B.C.E. to the First Century C.E. Amid Roman Expansion and the Spread of Hellenistic Culture.
"My project looks at the Romanization of southern Italy, using Larinum as a case study," says Robinson.
"An important non-Roman center in the fourth and third centuries B.C.E., the site was incorporated into the Roman state in the first century B.C.E. Examining extant historical and epigraphical sources and archaeological remains, the aim is to construct a comprehensive picture of continuity and change at Larinum over a period of several centuries. The project will generate a local history of the site during a time of significant cultural and political change, in efforts to better understand the ways that the people of Larinum navigated the transition from local autonomy to being a part of the Roman state."
The Rome Prize
The Rome Prize is awarded annually through an open national competition that is juried by leading artists and scholars in the fellowship categories. Forty-two individuals were invited to make up nine peer juries to review the applications this year. Recipients of the 114th annual Rome Prize Competition are provided with a fellowship that includes a stipend, a study or studio, and room and board for a period of six months to two years in Rome, Italy.??
The American Academy in Rome
Established in 1894 and chartered by an Act of Congress in 1905, the American Academy in Rome is a leading center for independent studies and advanced research in the arts and humanities. Situated on the Janiculum, the highest hill within the walls of Rome, the Academy today remains a private institution supported by gifts from individuals, foundations, corporations and the memberships of colleges, universities and arts and cultural organizations as well as by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the United States Department of Education.