This team’s interest centres on the organisation of space and its symbology in the eastern Mediterranean during the Greco-Roman-period. It focuses especially on the Hellenic cultural area, Greece and zones of intercultural contact, such as post-Pharaonic Egypt. This is a multidisciplinary approach that includes archaeological, philological, iconographic and anthropological research, as well as the use of the new technologies (GIS) to study the relationships between the diverse levels of the space that configure the Hellenic and Greco-Egyptian cultural situation, from the organisation of the physical space (the structuring of urban and extra-urban spaces) to the interaction between this space and diverse symbolic spaces defined by myth, ritual, literature or iconography. The team concentrates on two major lines of research: the study of Greco-Roman and Byzantine Egypt and the analysis of how Greek symbolic space was structured.
In Greco-Roman and Byzantine Egypt work is currently being carried out on the analysis of the Late-Roman and Byzantine horizon of the archaeological site of Oxyrhynchus in Middle Egypt, in particular the architectural and decorative characteristics of the fortress structures in the north-western suburb. Analysis of the models of symbolic space structuring also allows us to glimpse the ways in which the Greek culture constructed the category of space through symbolic languages such as myth, collective ritualised practices or visual forms of the image or architecture.
The team has worked on a digital inventory of Greek pottery in Catalonia as part of its involvement in the Iberia Graeca Centre, as well on diverse actions aimed at disseminating and transferring knowledge of the Greek legacy on the Iberian Peninsula.