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‘There Buds the Laurel’: Nature, Temporality and the Making of Place in the Cemeteries of Roman Italy

Graham, Emma-Jayne (2018). ‘There Buds the Laurel’: Nature, Temporality and the Making of Place in the Cemeteries of Roman Italy. Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal (TRAJ), 1(1), article no. 3.

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Abstract

Using the necropolis environments of the Vesuvian region of Imperial period Italy as a case study, this paper examines the ways in which multiple, overlapping, and temporally specific senses of place were associated with Roman funerary landscapes. In particular, it explores the role of the agency of the natural environment–e.g. the more-than-human or ‘planty’ agency of trees, plants, flowers, and fruits–in the creation of these places, arguing that they are best understood as the dynamic product of in the moment experiences. Focusing on issues of temporality and sensory perception, it is demonstrated that, just as place was itself always in the process of becoming, so too were many of the elements which produced it. Consequently, this study offers a new perspective on the ephemerality of place which foregrounds the currently undervalued material agency of the more-than-human world in the construction of Roman experiences, identities, and knowledge.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 Emma-Jayne Graham
Keywords: Pompeii, sensory perception, sensescape, place, more-than-human agency
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Cultures > Classical Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Cultures
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
Item ID: 53062
Depositing User: Emma-Jayne Graham
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2018 14:31
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2019 09:12
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/53062
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