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dhCenter member Matteo Romanello, a lecturer in the Institute of Archeology and Classical Studies in the University of Lausanne (UNIL) Faculty of Arts, has received an Ambizione grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) for his project, “How does a classical hero die in the digital age? Using Sophocles’ Ajax to create a commentary on commentaries”.

According to Romanello’s project description, the research “will explore the notion of a digital commentary by focusing on one commentary’s tradition: that of Sophocles’ Ajax. Focusing on the historical and epistemological dimension of such publications, this project will study the history of this genre and of its exegetic practices. In order to enable the study of all published commentaries on the Ajax, digitized commentaries will be processed and transformed into a multi-commentary, enabling a comprehensive comparative analysis of the commentary tradition.”

Romanello’s “commentary on commentaries”, therefore, aims to help researchers to understand how such commentaries have impacted our reading and understanding of Ajax.

The project will be  supported for four years by the prestigious grant.

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