• ROMARCH: Silk Road Archaeology Documentary, Mes Aynak, at CARC, Oxford

     Saving Mes Aynak: Special Film Showing and Interview with Brent Huffman

    The extraordinary Silk Road archaeological site of Mes Aynak, 25 miles south-east of Kabul is one of the largest and most important in Afghanistan, and includes extensive remains of Buddhist art and architecture from the first millennium. But the vast copper deposits beneath the site, which contributed to its ancient prosperity, also represent a phenomenally valuable resource for a a modern country in need of investment, and in 2007 the site was leased to the China Metallurgical Group for £3 billion.

    Following the rescue excavations that ensued and some of the personalities involved with the site, Brent E. Huffman’s multi-award-winning 2014 documentary, Saving Mes Aynak, focused international attention on the threat to the archaeology and the tensions surrounding it.

    As part of our Gandhara Connections project, supported by the Bagri Foundation and the Neil Kreitman Foundation, the Classical Art Research Centre is delighted to announce a special Oxford screening of Saving Mes Aynak, followed by an interview with the director, which will highlight recent developments and probe some of the complexities of the site’s predicament.

    Thursday 8th March 2018, 5-7pm, followed by a reception.

    Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’, Oxford OX1 3LU.

    All are welcome and the event is free, but please email us to book a place at carc@classics.ox.ac.uk

  • ROMARCH: Oxford CARC Workshop on the Migration of Iconography in Classical Art

    Classical Art Research Centre Workshop 2017
    Oxford, 28-29th September, 2017

    Transmission: The Migration of Iconography in Classical Art
    Generously supported by Jean-David Cahn and Tony Michaels

    UPDATE: We are very pleased to announce the podcasts from our workshop ‘Transmission: The Migration of Iconography in Classical Art’ are now online.

    You can view these alongside other videos from our expanding library of recorded events here: http://www.beazley.ox.ac.uk/tools/podcasts.htm 

    One hallmark of Greek and Roman art is the persistence of certain schemes of imagery and their movement between media and across space and time. For example, certain compositions of figures or mythological scenes, invented at particular times and places, enjoyed an extraordinary longevity and were reproduced across and beyond the Graeco-Roman world. The phenomenon is especially notable in the period of the Roman Empire, when the conditions of Roman rule enabled particular scenes and motifs to spread through Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East.

    This is not only a matter of individual figure types, gestures, iconographical attributes etc, the vocabulary of Graeco-Roman art. Often elaborate compositions were transmitted with a high degree of consistency through the traditions of painting, relief sculpture, mosaics, illustrated manuscripts, and the applied arts. Some mythological vignettes survived through many generations of artistic production and crossed from one medium to another. Some popular non-narrative scenes, like the so-called Totenmahl or ‘funerary banquet’ used in Hellenistic and Roman funerary art, also enjoyed popularity for centuries.

    In trying to understand such movements of imagery we have to discern them through fragmentary evidence and the processes are often unpredictable and obscure. Small, apparently incidental details may be faithfully reproduced across vast chronological and geographical spans, while in other ways the imagery is adapted to suit the purposes of those who made or used art in specific circumstances. This tension between the local purposes of ancient works of art and the big picture of the classical tradition, visible to the ‘all-seeing’ archaeologist offers an excellent opportunity for understanding how classical art worked at different levels of analysis.  Yet much remains obscure about the particular mechanisms by which iconography was transmitted, whether through artistic training, artists’ imitation of portable objects, or the hypothetical models known as ‘copy-books’ or ‘pattern-books’, which are often assumed to have existed, but for which there is little hard evidence.

    This workshop builds upon CARC’s recent events dedicated to Roman replicas and Greek artists. Through the contributions of international speakers and lively, informal debate, it will aim to cast new light on ancient imagery and on the lessons that can be learned from examining its adaptive success. The workshop will focus on mythological scenes (but not exclusively) and on Hellenistic and Roman periods (but not exclusively). Probable topics for discussion include: the evidence for and against ‘copy-books’; the transmission of imagery between luxury art and stone reliefs such as Roman mythological sarcophagi; the role of ceramics and plaster models as vehicles for transmission; mythological mosaics; the movement of imagery across Roman provinces; and the persistence of classical schemes in the illuminated manuscripts of Late Antiquity.

    Download The Abstract: www.beazley.ox.ac.uk/events/Transmission%20Abstract.pdf

    All are welcome! The workshop will be free, but it is necessary to book in advance by contacting carc@classics.ox.ac.uk

    Giles Richardson
    Administrative Assistant, Classical Art Research Centre
    University of Oxford

    Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
    66 St Giles’, Oxford, OX1 3LU
    Tel: +44 (0)1865 278082
    Fax: +44 (0)1865 610237

  • ROMARCH: Lydia Symposium Program, May 17-18, Izmir, Turkey

    The Lydia Symposium will take place on May 17-18, in Izmir, Turkey with two excursions to Chios, Greece and Sardis, Turkey. Below you will find the program of our symposium. Please note that all the symposium documents have been made available online on Academia and ResearchGate. Here are our websites where you can find all documents which are being updated every day:

    Websites:
    https://independent.academia.edu/TheLydiaSymposium
    https://www.researchgate.net/profile/The_Lydia_Symposium
    https://deu.academia.edu/ErgunLAFLI

    You can also put our program as well as abstracts booklet on your
    websites, such as Facebook or Twitter. It is still possible to apply to the symposium with a paper or as an observer. Deadline for abstract submissions is April 30, 2017.

    Izmire hosgeldiniz ! / A warm welcome to Izmir,

    Ergun Lafli

    Archaeology and history of Lydia from the early Lydian period to late
    antiquity (8th century B.C.-6th century A.D.). An international symposium

    May 17-18, 2017 / Izmir, Turkey

    Program

    May 17

    9 h 15 – 10 h 30: Session 1 – Chairman Guy Labarre (Universite de
    Franche-Comte, Besancon, France)
    Introduction – Opening speeches.

    9 h 15 Ergun Lafli (Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey)
    Introduction: Practical information about the symposium.
    9 h 30 Nicholas D. Cahill (University of Wisconsin-Madison / Harvard
    University, Cambridge, MA, both U.S.A.)
    New work on the Palace of Croesus at Sardis.
    10 h 15  Concession of the 2017 EKVAM Annual Rewards of the Ancient
    Anatolian Studies.

    10 h 30 – 10 h 45: Break.

    Continue reading

  • ROMARCH: Oxford CARC workshop: ‘Ancient Coins and Gandhara’

    Apollo and Daphne: Gandharan schist dish from the Met

    Dr Shailendra Bhandare will be conducting a special workshop for the Gandhara Connections project in the Ashmolean Museum, 2-3.30 pm on Friday 2nd June, 2017: ‘Ancient Coins and Gandhara‘. The workshop is intended to offer a hands-on introduction to Kushan coinage and other coin traditions important for understanding the art and history of Gandhara.  All are welcome, but for practical reasons places are very limited, so please book a place by emailing us: carc@classics.ox.ac.uk

    Priority in booking may be given to students or those with less easy access to the material. Note that those attending in person may be filmed: in order to bring the workshop in some form to the wider global audience that cannot attend in person, we are currently hoping to webcast and record the event using Facebook Live. Details of the webcast will follow in due course.

    With best wishes,

    Classical Art Research Centre

    University of Oxford

    www.carc.ox.ac.uk/GandharaConnections
    Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
    66 St Giles’, Oxford, OX1 3LU
    Tel: +44 (0)1865 278082
    Fax: +44 (0)1865 610237