Dr. Gabriela Ryser

Research Assistant

Since October 2019: research assistant at the SFB 1136 “Education and Religion in Cultures of the Mediterranean and Its Environment from Ancient to Medieval Times and to the Classical Islam“ (TP A 03).

September 2018: doctoral examination (Ph.D.).

January 2016 – June 2019: research assistant at the Institute for the Study of Religion.

October 2010 – December 2015: research assistant at the Courant Research Centre EDRIS.

September 2007 – June 2009: studies for the Teaching Diploma (LDS II; subjects: Latin, English) at the University of Fribourg (CH).

October 2000 – March 2006: study of Latin Language and Literature, English Philology and Linguistics, and Greek Language and Literature (M.A.) at the University of Fribourg (CH).

May 2000: A-levels (core subjects: Latin, English).

August 1996 – May 2000: grammar school ‘Gymnasium Burgdorf’ (CH).

Research Interests

• Latin pagan and Christian epics of Late Antiquity
• Claudius Claudianus
• Early imperial Latin literature

Doctoral Thesis:

Education, Religion, and Literary Culture in the 4th Century CE: A Study of the Underworld Topos in Claudian’s De raptu Proserpinae
(Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Ilinca Tanaseanu-Döbler, Prof. Dr. Peter Kuhlmann, und Prof. Dr. Heinz-Günther Nesselrath)
Published by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. 2020 Education, Religion, and Literary Culture in the 4th Century CE

Graduate Thesis:

„aliud amico, aliud omnibus scribere“? Ein sprachlich-stilistischer Vergleich typologisch verwandter Briefe aus den Büchern I-IX und Buch X von Plinius dem Jüngeren
(Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Margarethe Billerbeck)

Teaching

• SoSe 2016 Seminar „Jenseitsreisen in der graeco-römischen Literatur“
• WiSe 2016/17 Seminar „Orphismus - Mythos, Texte, Ritual“
• SoSe 2017 Seminar „Mythos – zwischen Ammenmärchen und hieros logos“
• WiSe 2017/18 Seminar „Rituale in literarischer Repräsentation“
• SoSe 2018 Seminar „Mysterien der griechisch-römischen Antike“

Research Focus

• Latin pagan and christian epic of late antiquity
• Claudius Claudianus
• Latin literature of the the early imperial period

Publications

Monograph

  • Education, Religion, and Literary Culture in the 4th Century CE: A Study of the Underworld Topos in Claudian’s De raptu Proserpinae (BERG 7), Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2020.

    Editorial Boards

  • Ilinca Tanaseanu-Döbler, Anna Lefteratou, Gabriela Ryser, and Konstantinos Stamatopoulos (eds.), Reading the Way to the Netherworld. Education and the Representations of the Beyond in Later Antiquity. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2017.

    Articles

  • “‘Dabitur coniunx’: A Wedding in the Underworld of Claudian’s De raptu Proserpinae”. In: Ilinca Tanaseanu-Döbler et al. (eds.): Reading the Way to the Netherworld. Education and the Representations of the Beyond in Later Antiquity. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2017, 282-300.

  • “‘Bitte gehen Sie rechts!’ Jenseitsreisen in spätantiken Bibelgedichten”. In: Reinhard Feldmeier, Monika Winet & Isabel Toral-Niehoff (Hgg.), Gottesgedanken. Erkenntnis, Eschatologie und Ethik in Religionen der Spätantike und des frühen Mittelalters. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2016, 99-104.

  • “The Hidden Model? Influences from Oppian in Claudian’s Latin Oeuvre ”. Hermes 143, 4 (2015), 472-490.

    Reviews

  • Daniel Deerberg, Der Sturz des Judas. Kommentar (5,1-163) und Studien zur poetischen Erbauung bei Sedulius. Münster: Aschendorff Verlag 2011, (= Orbis Antiquus, 43). Zeitschrift für antikes Christentum 18 (2014), 159-162.