Staff employed at University of Copenhagen – University of Copenhagen

Magdalena Öhrman

Magdalena Öhrman


Textile Reflections: Multi-Sensory Representation of Textile Work in Latin Poetry and Prose

My ongoing interdisciplinary research project explores and re-interprets the representations of textile work and textile artefacts in Latin literature. Detailed literary analysis taking into account matters of metrics, rhetoric (sound figures) and structure (content patterns) will show that Latin authors display greater technical understanding of textile work than previously assumed, and suggest that their tacit knowledge of textiles/textile production has influenced the artistic development of descriptions of textile crafts.

Observation and recordings of reconstruction of ancient textile work (through both experiential and experimental archaeology) is be the basis for the investigation of semblances of textile work in metre, sound-play and structure in Latin texts, providing thematic literary interpretation, highlighting neglected connections between structure, sound-play and meaning. 

The project results complements epigraphically- and archaeologically-based knowledge of the role played by textiles and textile production in Roman life, their ideological connotations, and trials investigation of ancient soundscapes through literary sources. 

The TexRex project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 701557


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