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Anna Blennow

Senior Lecturer

Department of Languages &
Visiting address
Renströmsgatan 6
41255 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 200
40530 Göteborg

About Anna Blennow


I completed my PhD at the University of Gothenburg in 2006 after successfully presenting my doctoral thesis on Medieval Latin epigraphy. From 2008 to 2013, I worked at the Department as a postdoctoral fellow (funded by the Swedish Research Council). In 2014 I hold a temporary position as a senior lecturer in Latin. I also have a Master’s of Fine Arts in graphic design (School of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg, 2004).


My project as a postdoctoral fellow in Latin focused on a scientific edition of Sweden's Medieval Latin inscriptions from the 1100s to around 1250. They are the oldest texts in the Latin alphabet in Sweden that we have preserved in their original form, and they are often still found in their original places in churches, for example on baptismal fonts and tombstones. Some of them have also been moved to museums. Västergötland and Skåne are the Swedish provinces where most of the inscriptions of this kind are preserved, which indicates the presence of a well-developed Latin literate culture in these areas in the High Middle Ages. There are also several instances of inscriptions where both the runic and the Latin alphabet are used, which shows that both lettering systems were in parallel use for some time. The project will be published in 2015.

From 2010 to 2012, I led the international network INSCRIPTA for research on Latin epigraphy (funded by the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond).

From 2013 to 2015, I am leading an interdisciplinary international project on the history of the guidebook with a focus on the city of Rome. The project has participants from Sweden, Norway, Italy and the UK and is based at the Swedish Institute in Rome. The aim of the project is to explore the emergence and development of the guidebook and whether it can be considered a separate genre, and if so what characterises it. My subprojects concern medieval guide texts on Rome and how there is a connection between epigraphic inscriptions and guidebooks in that inscriptions are used as historic sources in the production of guidebooks, although an inscription can also serve as a guidebook in its own right.

I’m also involved in a project concerning Gothenburg's first professor of Latin, Vilhelm Lundström, and the study trip to Rome that he led in 1909, which eventually led to the establishment of the Swedish Institute in Rome in the 1920s.


I teach at all levels within the subject area of Latin, and also in other courses offered at and outside the Faculty. I have developed, and am in charge of, the course in Latin epigraphy (LAT202, 7.5 higher education credits) offered every other year at the Swedish Institute in Rome in cooperation with the University of Gothenburg.