School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Ivan Matijasic

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Background

I grew up in Croatia and later moved to Italy to attend Ca' Foscari University of Venice (BA and MA in Ancient History and Classics). I obtained a PhD in Classics in July 2015 at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. During my PhD I spent an academic year (2012/2013) at the Seminar für Alte Geschichte of the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau. In 2015/2016 I went back to Ca' Foscari where I secured a research position and then moved to Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster as a Research Fellow of the Gerda Henkel Foundation (2016/2017). Between April and May 2017 I was Visiting Fellow at the Friedrich-Meineke-Institut of the Freie Universität Berlin. 

In my research I focus primarily on ancient Greek historiography and geography, late-antique studies, Greek epigraphy and Digital Humanities. 

Google scholar: https://scholar.google.it/citations?user=W69kJ98AAAAJ&hl=it 

Research

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Ancient Greek historiography, including both reception of Classical and Hellenistic Greek historians in antiquity and the study of fragmentary authors such as Hecataeus of Miletus, Hellanicus of Lesbos, etc.
  • Ancient geographical texts and their significance for the history of ancient geography
  • Late antiquity, especially the fifth and sixth century
  • Greek epigraphy, mainly inscriptions that define borders and territories
  • Digital Humanities (I am involved in different digital projects at Ca' Foscari University)

CURRENT RESEARCH

My current project focuses on the renewed interest for ancient Greek geographical texts, their transcription, preservation, and the study of their content in the age of the emperor Justinian I (527-565), as well as on the significance of ancient geography to sixth-century literary and legal production

ACTIVE PARTICIPATION AT CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS

  • 21-22 February 2019: "Artemidorus on Trial: A Papyrus between Philology, a Court of Justice and the Media", International conference: Authority in Creating Contemporary Narratives about the Classics, Newcastle University  
  • 16-18 January 2019: "Rappresentazione dello spazio negli arbitrati greci di età ellenistica", International conference: VI Seminario Avanzato di Epigrafia Greca (SAEG), Ca' Foscari Unversity Venice
  • 12-14 September 2018: "Integrare il Codice Teodosiano: Jacques Godefroy, Theodor Mommsen e Paul Krüger", International seminar series CEDANT: Centro di studi e ricerche sui diritti antichi, "Il Codice Teodosiano: redazione, trasmissione, ricezione", Università di Pavia, Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza
  • 1 February 2018: “Writing, Copying and Exchanging Books in the First Century BC: Testimonies from Cicero’s Correspondence”, Work-In-Progress Ancient History Seminars, Newcastle University
  • 14 November 2017: “Il più omerico tra i prosatori: Erodoto ad Alessandria”, Dialoghi di storia e letteratura tra Mediterraneo e Vicino Oriente, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
  • 25-26 September 2017: “Exchanging Books, Spreading Knowledge: Cicero’s Correspondence and Encyclopaedism”, International conference Composer une histoire monumentale à la fin de la République et au début du Principat, organisers: Aude Cohen-Skalli & Cécile Durvye, Aix Marseille Université
  • 28 August - 1 September 2017: poster-presentation “Venice Squeeze Project” (with Claudia Antonetti & Stefania De Vido) and “The AXON Project” (with Stefania De Vido & Valentina Mignosa), XVth International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy, University of Vienna
  • 10 May 2017: “Landvermessung in hellenistischer Zeit: Zwischen Athen, Alexandria und Sizilien”, Seminar series Forschungskolloquium zur Alten Geschichte, Sommersemester 2017, organisers: Ernst Baltrusch, Klaus Geus, Matthäus Heil, Christian Wendt, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 30-31 March 2017: “Misurare la terra. Considerazioni sul caso siciliano a partire da Callimaco”, International conference Terra e territorio in Sicilia tra VI e IV secolo a.C., organiser: Stefania De Vido, University Ca’ Foscari Venice
  • 24 February 2017: “Venezia Giulia e Dalmazia: la letteratura classica”, Seminar series La letteratura in Venezia Giulia e Dalmazia dal mondo classico al contemporaneo, organiser: Bruno Crevato-Selvaggi, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana 
  • 13 December 2016: “Les mots du paysage urbain, à la lumière du lexique de Pollux”, International conference Paysage d’Orient et de Méditeranée: une étude comparée de la description des lieux dans le discours géographique antique, organiser: Stéphane Lebreton, Pierre Schneider, Université d’Artois, Arras
  • 15 June 2016: “Il canone degli storici greci: mimesis, retorica e classicismo”, Seminari del dottorato in Storia e civiltà del mondo antico, organiser: Francesco Prontera, Università di Perugia 
  • 10 February 2016: “Saxa metiuntur. Misurazione dello spazio geografico in epoca ellenistica”, Seminari di Axon. Voci dalla città, organiser: Stefania De Vido, University Ca’ Foscari Venice
  • 27-29 January 2016: “AXON. A Selection of Greek Historical Inscriptions. A Database for Research and Teaching”, EAGLE 2016 International Conference on Digital and Traditional Epigraphy in Context, organisers: Silvia Orlandi, Raffaella Santucci, Francesco Mambrini, Pietro Liuzzo, Sapienza University of Rome
  • 3-7 November 2015: “Pseudo-Scylax and the Geography of the Adriatic Coast”, International Conference Antiquitatis Sollemnia Antidoron Mate Suić, organiser: Bruna Kuntić-Makvić, Zagreb and Zadar
  • 20-24 April 2015: “Les historiens grecs dans les traités rhétoriques d’époque impériale”, Séminaire doctoral: Littératures techniques et tradition des textes scientifiques de l’Antiquité gréco-romaine, organiser: Didier Marcotte (Université de Reims), Casa de Velázquez in Madrid
  • 29-30 January 2015: “An unnoticed Hesiodic fragment in Pollux”, International Conference Il commento ai testi greci. Problemi, metodi e tendenze dell’erudizione antica e bizantina / Commentaries on Greek texts. Problems, methods and trends of ancient and Byzantine scholarship, organiser: Ettore Cingano, University Ca’ Foscari Venice
  • 25-26 July 2014: “Die Kritik des Dionysius von Halikarnass an Thukydides”, International Workshop Netzwerk historiai: Antike Geschichtsschreibung und Vergangenheitsvorstellungen, organisers: Astrid Möller, Hans-Joachim Gehrke, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • 13-14 February 2014: “Il canone degli storici tra retorica e classicismo”, Conference Il mestiere dello storico: incontro di storiografia greca, organizer: Stefania De Vido, University Ca’ Foscari Venice
  • 10-11 January 2014: “Cicero, Xenophon und die griechischen Historiker”, International Workshop Netzwerk historiai: Antike Geschichtsschreibung und Vergangenheitsvorstellungen, organizers: Astrid Möller, Hans-Joachim Gehrke, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau
  • 4-6 November 2013: “Geografia del mondo illirico tra V e IV secolo a.C.”, Colloque international, Programme Atlas Adriatique: AdriAtlas e la storia dello spazio adriatico antico (VI a.C. - VIII d.C.), organizer: Francis Tassaux (Université Bordeaux Montaigne), École française de Rome
  • 18-21 December 2012: poster-presentation “Ricezione degli storici greci e formazione del canone storiografico”, International Conference Ottave Giornate Internazionali di Studi sull’area elima e la Sicilia occidentale. La città e le città della Sicilia antica, organizer: Carmine Ampolo, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
  • 7-9 January 2010: “Magistrati di ambito militare: natura e funzioni”, International Conference Lo spazio ionico e le comunità della Grecia nord-occidentale, organizer: Claudia Antonetti, University Ca’ Foscari Venice

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • Scholarship holder (borsista) at the XIV Collegio di Diritto Romano at the CEDANT: Centro di studi e ricerche sui Diritti Antichi, directed by Detlef Liebs (Universtiät Freiburg) and Dario Mantovani (Università di Pavia), 8-26 January 2018
  • Member of the Association international d'épigraphie grecque et latine (AIEGL) (2017-)
  • Scientific advisor of the Venice Squeeze Project. Digital Library of Epigraphical Squeezes, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy: http://virgo.unive.it/venicepigraphy/squeezes/ (2017-)
  • Member of the editorial board of the online journal AXON. Iscrizioni storiche greche, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy: http://edizionicafoscari.unive.it/it/edizioni/riviste/axon/ (2017-)
  • Member of the editorial board of the online journal Mare Nostrum. Studies on the Ancient Mediterranean, Universidade de Sâo Paolo, Brasil): https://www.revistas.usp.br/marenostrum/about/editorialTeam (2016-)
  • Member of the editorial board of the series DIABASEIS, ETS, Pisa, Italy: http://www.edizioniets.com/view-Collana.asp?col=Diabaseis (2015-)
  • Participation at the doctoral seminars "Littératures, techniques et tradition des textes scientifiques de l'Antiquité gréco-romaine" organised by Prof. Didier Marcotte at the Université de Reims (2012 and 2013) and the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid (2015)
  • Participation at the Internationales Netzwerk Historiai. Antike Geschichtsschreibung und Vergangenheitsvorstellung organised by Prof. Hans-Joachim Gehrke and Prof. Astrid Möller, Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg im Breisgau (2013-)

Teaching

Semester 1, 2018/2019, module leader: CAH 3012/8012 Geographical knowledge in the ancient world

Feedback, guidance and consultation hours during teaching weeks: 3-4pm on Tuesdays, 2-4pm on Thursdays. During non-teaching weeks: please email me for an appointment

Publications