• Full Screen
  • Wide Screen
  • Narrow Screen
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Project leaders: Dr. Anna Blennow and Dr. Stefano Fogelberg Rota

For more than 2000 years, travellers from all over the world have gathered in Rome for the purpose of taking part in history and sharing and expanding knowledge and beliefs. Strangers or foreigners have thus through the centuries formed their own societies and meeting points within the society; urban areas where they could interact. This has created the effect that a stranger often feels at home in Rome, sometimes more so than in their actual hometowns. A guidebook to Rome is more than a guidebook to an unknown city; it is a guidebook to finding ones ‘real’ home. This home could be described in terms of a common cultural heritage, which has been re-experienced by generations of travellers up to the present day.
The aims of the project are to trace the origins and development of the guidebook genre, with focus on the city of Rome; to define the elements, functions and strategies that shape the identities of the author, the traveller and the place, and further to discuss the impact of the guidebooks, through history, on the modern guidebook of today and its role in cultural meetings and exchanges in Europe. The image of the city and its inhabitants varies greatly in the texts depending on, for instance, historical, national and political context as well as literary canon. The project will be concerned with all these aspects considering how they interact, over time, with the particularities of the guidebook as a genre.
The project is financed 2013–2015 by the Tercentenary Fund of the Swedish National Bank (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond)


Dr. Anna Blennow: ’The Stone Guide. The interplay between guidebooks and Latin epigraphy in the Middle Ages and Early Modern period’

Dr. Anna Bortolozzi: ’Describing and representing ancient Rome. The role of Renaissance architects between treatises, itineraria and antiquarian studies’

Associate Prof. Carina Burman: ’Rome in 8 days’

Dr. Stefano Fogelberg Rota: ’The foreign in guidebooks to Rome and its influence on Swedish eighteenth-century travel literature’

Associate Prof. Sabrina Norlander Eliasson: ’The Baedeker effect and the Arts. Regular Paths and Liberal Shortcuts to Aesthetic appreciation’

Prof. Victor Plahte Tschudi: ’Bartholomeo Marliano – the first modern guidebook’

Dr. Frederick Whitling: ’The topography of the mind: passing through the Roman centuries with Henrik Schück and Erik Sjöqvist’

Expert reference group

Prof. Michael Rowlands, Dr. Chloe Chard, Assoc. Prof. Claes Gejrot, Prof. Anders Cullhed, Prof. Bengt Lewan, Assoc. Prof. Simon Malmberg


Institutets seminarier 2020

Research Seminar

Torsdag 23 januari kl. 17.00

Johan Vekselius (Postdoktor vid Stockholms Universitet, Antikens kultur och samhällsliv): En populismens historia i antikens Rom: plebs, popularer, populus. Eller: folk, folklighet, den folklige

Kan och borde vi prata om populism i antikens Rom? Jag anser det, men innan vi når dit måste vi första veta vad populism är. Något som är en kontroversiell fråga med starkt normativa dimensioner. Jag presenterar därför en översikt av populismen som historiskt fenomen och teoretiskt koncept, huvudsakligen baserat på statsvetenskaplig forskning. Olika definitioner diskuteras och jämkas i det att en arbetsdefinition presenteras. Denna ger för handen att populism visst kan uppstå i politiska system som varken är demokratiska eller representativa. Därefter driver jag en tes om att en populistisk ideologi och praktik karaktäriserade antikens Rom politiska system, ifrån den dimmiga kungatiden med ”tyranniska kungar (enligt grekisk modell), över republikens plebs och popularer, till kejsartiden då populistiska strategier var en integrerad del av kejsarollen.


Läs mer  


The C.M. Lerici Foundation provides cultural and scientific exchange between Sweden and Italy.
Apply for grants and scholarships!


Nya publikationer

Institutet på facebook

Urbis är online!

Svenska Rominstitutets Vänner

The Valle Giulia Dialogues