Antonella Florio


Telephone: 00393713796708 

College: College of Humanities
Discipline: Classics and Ancient History
Department: Doctoral College

Having completed my BA and MA in Classics at the University of Siena, Italy (supervised by Professor Emeritus Maurizio Bettini), I decided to undertake a PhD at the University of Exeter (supervised by Dr William Michael Short and Prof Barbara Borg). My PhD thesis aims to reconstruct a ‘cultural history’ of communities of the southern slope of the Lattari Mountains (Amalfi Coast, Campania, Italy, my homeland) between the 6th century BCE and the 3rd century CE by means of a linguistic anthropological analysis of the place names of this area. I shall investigate how inhabitants of this area perceived this territory and how this perception informed local nomenclature. To do so, I will conduct an analysis of regional places names, encompassing both the coast and hilly hinterlands of this region, from an anthropological-linguistic perspective, and by also taking into account the topographical and archaeological context.