Mobility and movements of the escaping Sullan proscribed

Mobility and movements of the escaping Sullan proscribed

PhD project supervised by Luca Fezzi e Federico Santangelo (2020-2024)

Andrea Frizzera

At the beginning of an age in which Rome developed an ever-growing awareness of its Mediterranean extension, we can observe the exploitation of new possibilities of movement that the new political configuration of the Mediterranean could offer. Not only does this spatial turn involve commerce, cultural exchanges and migration, to name a few, but political refugees as well. This project aims to conduct an investigation into the latter. So, my first step will be to start from existing prosopographic studies, ancient sources (such as literary, epigraphic, numismatic) and more recent ones on Sullan proscribed will do that not only to share their journeys and explore the ways in which they found rescue in different places in the Mediterranean Sea, but to shed light too on their choices of movement, and on their fresh identities in their newly-adopted homes. A study on the mobility of the fugitive proscribed could not just give us an insight into what extent the elites were aware of Rome’s full Mediterranean influence, but also, by comparing all accounts, provide information on how the different political and social situations exercised influence on decision-making both by the Sullan faction and the proscribed themselves. The mobility of the proscribed resulted very much affected by all these factors and it had peculiar features compared to other displacement typologies. I am also hopeful that such an area of research could contribute, from a different perspective, to enrich the debate on the significance of the Sullan proscriptions and the consequences they caused in the Roman world. Finally, I would hesitate to exclude the possibility that, by adopting such an approach, the research’s focus could expand to 43 BC proscriptions or other cases of political refugees or exiles in the first century BC.

DiSSGeA Visiting Professor “Mobility and the Humanities” 2021

DiSSGeA Visiting Professor “Mobility and the Humanities”


From 10.11.2020 to 15.01.2021

In the framework of the Department of Excellence Project “Mobility and the Humanities”, financed by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, the Department DiSSGeA (hereinafter referred to as “the Department”) has launched the Visiting Professor “Mobility and the Humanities” 2021 Call for Applications. The initiative provides the assignment of positions as Visiting Professor to professors and researchers from international universities or research centres.

The present call is addressed to professors and researchers with proven teaching experience, who are permanent faculty members in European and non-European universities and research centres. Applicants must spend a period of approximately three (3) months at the Department, in order to lecture official courses at the Master level (second cycle degree) with a topic on “Mobility and the Humanities.”

The duration of the courses will be 42 hours and their programmes shall focus on

  • Transport History
  • History of Tourism
  • Migrations in World History
  • Digital Philology.

The selected Visiting Professors shall also contribute to the implementation of the “Mobilab” digital laboratory for the study of mobility and to the activities of the Centre for Advanced Studies on “Mobility and the Humanities” and their respective research groups.

Deadline for submission: January 15th 2021, 1.00pm CEST (Central  European Summer Time) by using the (online) Application form.

Applications must be submitted by e-mail to with the subject Visiting Professor “Mobility and the Humanities.” Incomplete or incorrect applications will be excluded from the selection procedure.

Apply for Scholarships for Mobility Studies 2020/21

Apply for Scholarships for Mobility Studies

In the framework of the initiatives aiming at promoting its educational activity, the Department of Historical and Geographical Sciences and the Ancient World of the University of Padua, ANNOUNCES a selection procedure to assign 5 (five) two-years scholarships (amount: 9.000 euros per bursary) for especially gifted students who enroll at the Master’s Degree in Historical Sciences – Curriculum Mobility Studies.

Deadline: 31 August 2020