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FT-59958-12Research Programs: Summer StipendsMaria (Molly) Ruth Swetnam-BurlandA Contextual Study of the Ancient Roman Nile Mosaic in Modern Day Palestrina6/1/2012 - 7/31/2012$6,000.00Maria (Molly)RuthSwetnam-Burland   College of William and MaryWilliamsburgVA23186-0002USA2012ClassicsSummer StipendsResearch Programs6000060000

I am applying for an NEH summer stipend in support of a project reconsidering the well-known "Nile Mosaic" associated with the Roman city of Praeneste, modern-day Palestrina. I intend to set forth a series of arguments reconsidering the role of the architectural setting in directing the viewer's experience of the mosaic, and will offer a re-reading of its iconography in light of a pendant mosaic, commonly called the "Fish Mosaic." I also plan to create or commission an original digital model of the mosaics in situ, recreating the multi-sensory experience of viewing the mosaics in their grotto settings. Considering the two in tandem opens up a range of interpretative possibilities, and also supports a later date for the pair.