Dr. Theodor E. Ulieriu-Rostás

Ulieriu-Rostás_photo1 June 2018 – 31 May 2019

Bio: Theodor E. Ulieriu-Rostás is a historian of classical antiquity. His research centres on the Greco-Roman musical culture, notably engaging visual culture, performance practices, literary and paraliterary forms of memorialization in antiquity. Ulieriu-Rostás holds a PhD degree in history from the University of Bucharest (2013) and is about to complete his doctoral studies at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris). He has been a research fellow at the New Europe College (Bucharest), and received research scholarships from the French Government, the French School at Athens, and the Hardt Foundation for the Study of Classical Antiquity (Vandœuvres).

Project title: (Re)constructing the past of the aulos: ancient scholarship, mythography and local identities

Project description: Building up on his prior work on the founding figures of the aulos in Classical and Hellenistic Greece, Theodor E. Ulieriu-Rostás’ current research focuses on the construction of knowledge on the past of auletikē in Hellenistic, Imperial and Late Antique scholarship. It addresses the epistemic models and scriptorial practices which structured ancient erudition, touching on several related genres and sub-genres: mythography, chronography, antiquarian writings on the ‘first inventors’ of human arts and crafts (heurematography) and musical historiography. This research will attempt to offer new insights regarding the relative importance of ancient scholarship in the dissemination and eventual filtering of knowledge on the founding narratives of the aulos in surviving Imperial and Late Antique sources: mythographic handbooks (Ps.-Apollodorus, Hyginus), polymathic collections and antiquarian compilations (Plinius, Athenaeus), musical treatises (Aristides Quintilianus and the so-called Hagiopolites), and late antique chronography (Agathias of Myrina, Malalas, Ps.-John of Antioch).

Furthermore, this research aims to explore the interactions of Hellenistic, Imperial and Late Antique scholarly discourse on the past of the aulos with its wider socio-cultural context: the interplay of local identities and competing ideological constructs, and its relative reflection of / disconnection from contemporary musical practice.

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