Ertegun Staff and Scholar Profiles

Anja Schwarz

Nationality: 
German-Austrian
Current course: 
MSt in Classical Archaeology

After completing my undergraduate degree in Archaeology at the Universities of Leipzig and Freiburg in 2013 with a thesis on the transformations of the Greek cults of Poseidonia after the Roman conquest, I earned an MA in Classical Archaeology from the Freie Universität in 2016 with a thesis on Hellenistic wall decorations in Asia Minor. In my thesis I focused on the reconstruction of a wall I excavated at ancient Pergamon, contextualizing this within the traditions of wall decoration in other cities and the significance they had for Hellenistic domestic culture. I presented the results in September 2016 on the International AIPMA conference on antique wall painting.

Before coming to Oxford, I focused mainly on the urbanism and architecture in Classical Antiquity and on the transformation of cities and societies.

During my MSt in Classical Archaeology at Oxford, I want to focus on the interpretation of visual culture and art history as well as to enlarge my knowledge of Asia Minor through different time periods, especially from the Hellenistic era to Late Antiquity. My interest in the region grew out of my participation at the excavation of Pergamon of the German Archaeological Institute since summer 2012 and many journeys throughout the region.

In my master’s thesis in Oxford I plan on working on cities in Asia Minor and their identity from the Hellenistic period to the Imperial age. My aim is to link aspects of urbanism and visual culture to a wider understanding of the changes and continuity of these urban centres between Anatolian-Greek traditions and Roman rule. While studying in Oxford, in addition to learning form the leading scholars in my field of interest, I hope to enlarge my knowledge in the Anglophone way of research and different approaches to material culture.

In addition to my participation at the Pergamon excavation, I worked on a project in the Stabian Baths of Pompeii under the leadership of Monika Trümper, Domenico Esposito (FU Berlin) and Mark Robinson (University of Oxford). Working on this excavation and studying one semester at La Sapienza in Rome, I developed an interest in Roman archaeology and especially in the development of Italic cities in the Republican/Hellenistic age.

Having the opportunity to be an Ertegün Scholar is not only a great honour and privilege to me, but it gives us all the possibility to exchange ideas and enlarge our horizons in a beautiful environment. These interdisciplinary discussions throughout the humanities allow a deeper understanding in different topics, approaches and disciplines and are deeply inspiring for our own work. Most of all, however, it provides a home and unique space to evolve our ideas.