The Poeti Vaganti Database

ΠΤΑΝΟΙΣ ΠΟΣΙΝ The Poeti Vaganti Database

Following the paths of itinerant professionals of the arts in the epigraphic sources of the Hellenistic period

This project, which is currently under development, has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 843186, in partnership with the Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Antichità, Università "La Sapienza" di Roma and the Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University.

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Search the Map for Inscriptions and Itineraries

With the Search Map, the visualization of the find-places, each containing enshrined memories of the itinerant virtuosi, immerses users into the heart of the performance tradition.

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About the Collection

Surveying the cultural movement of intellectuals and itinerant performing arts professionals during the Hellenistic period

The Poeti Vaganti digital project aims to present the main threads of the study of a popular phenomenon that significantly impacted cultural life during the Hellenistic period. The lives of the itinerant professionals of literature and music, their artistic paths and careers as attested in epigraphic sources, provide us with multiple glimpses into the Hellenistic performative panorama. Developed in collaboration with a team from the Center for Hellenic Studies, this project extracts from the epigraphic sources data that is then organized according to spatial-narrative criteria. The result supports our attempt to reassess the ongoing discourse on the cultural production of this period.

Explore Itineraries for Insight on the Hellenistic Festivals

See an overview of the The Hellenistic Circuits.

Delos – demonstrations/competitions for the god

Delphi – Soteria


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Inscriptions are interconnected with civic life and space

Inscriptions are single snap-shots of individual lives and artistic ambitions. Bringing them together illustrates journeys taking place throughout the Mediterranean, which reveals a relevant past, one connecting various layers of art, culture, and heritage.