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Rubicon grant for Christina Williamson!

02 July 2013

CRASIS gladly congratulates Dr Christina Williamson on obtaining an NWO Rubicon grant! The Rubicon programme funds postdoctoral research of recent PhDs at a research institute abroad. Christina will continue her research at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University.

Commanding Views. Monumental landscapes and the territorial formation of Pergamon, 3rd to 2nd centuries BC

Visibility and the role of landscape are seldom taken into account in studies on state formation in antiquity. This research will investigate landmark sites and their commanding views as organizing principles, using as case study the renowned city of Pergamon, in Asia Minor (Western Turkey). The working hypothesis is that as it developed into a kingdom in the Hellenistic period, Pergamon became the centripetal focus of a visual network of power constructed from local sacred, heroic, and military landscapes. Under constant threat of war, the immediacy of visible power in the territory would have been a prime concern to the emerging state; archaeological fieldwork has recently demonstrated a significant increase in monumental sites on prominent hilltops coinciding with the rise of Pergamon, making it now possible to explore the expression and reception of the Residenzstadt in the wider region. Instead of borders, this research focuses on the internal mechanisms of how landscape is turned into territory by examining political change through the lens of visibility. Using GIS-driven viewshed-analyses to interpret manifestations of power, and integrating recent discoveries with theory in perception, this innovative approach bridges several disciplinary divides which will impact archaeological and historical discourses on landscape and state formation.

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