• ROMARCH: 15th Colloquium on Roman Provincial Art

    15th Colloquium On Roman Provincial Art

    Benefactors, Dedicants and Tomb Owners

    Society – Iconography – Chronology

    14th–20th June, 2017    Graz | Austria

    The Universalmuseum Joanneum and the Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz are pleased to announce in cooperation with the Savaria Megyei Hatókörü Városi Múzeum, dem Pokrajinski muzej Celje and the Bundesdenkmalamt that the Colloquium on Roman Provincial Art will return to the city where it was founded almost 30 years ago.

    The focus of the conference is on the people behind the monuments: benefactors, dedicants and tomb owners, the society in which they move, the means of expression for their self-images, and whether those self expressions differed geographically and changed through time. In this sense we also invite papers which approach related topics from a socioeconomic and epigraphical perspective.

    In addition to the main topics of the conference, we also welcome presentations on other aspects of Roman Provincial stone sculpture.

    The deadline for proposals is 9th December, 2016. Please submit the registration form with the title of your presentation and an abstract of 300 words to cpra-xv-2017(at)uni-graz.at.

    The Scientific Board will decide if and in which form (paper or poster) your presentation will be accepted. You will be informed of the decision by the end of January 2017.



  • ROMARCH: Corpus Signorum Imperii Romani (CSIR)

    The Classical Art Research Centre (CARC) at the University of Oxford is pleased to announce the launch of a set of webpages for the Corpus Signorum Imperii Romani (CSIR) project: www.corpussignorum.org

    CSIR is the long-running international project to publish the sculptures of the Roman Empire, particularly provincial sculpture. The new bilingual pages are hosted by CARC, in collaboration with the Università degli Studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale, on behalf of the International Association for Classical Archaeology which founded CSIR in 1963. In the first instance they will provide information and guidance for users of and contributors to the project.

    The Classical Art Research Centre, which is home to the Beazley Archive and its database, is dedicated to promoting and supporting research on all aspects of ancient art. Besides its own projects and online resources, it already hosts the website of the Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum on behalf of the Union Académique Internationale: www.carc.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: update on stolen Ganymede statue; guards arrested

    The Ganymede statue

    An update via Mohamed Halouani on the Ganymede statue stolen about two weeks ago from the Paleo-Christian Museum in Carthage, Tunisia.

    “Officials responsible for monitoring the Paleo-Christian Museum of Carthage are suspected, during the night of Fri. 8 Nov. to Sat. 9 Nov., of stealing the statue of Ganymede. In fact, they have been jailed pending trial.

    According to the newspaper La Presse, citing Bahri Fathi, director of sites and monuments at the National Heritage Institute (INP), there was no break-in at the time of the theft. The suspicions of investigators, the source said, were then shifted to the guards, noting that the window by which the thieves broke into the museum had been broken from the inside.”

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  • ROMARCH: Ganymede Statue Stolen From Carthage

    Thanks to my friend Mohamed Halouani for this breaking, very sad news.

    This Ganymede is a fascinating example of the complex dialogue between Greco-Roman and early Christian ideas about images. Spreading the news about its theft, I hope, may make it harder to fence.

    For the definitive studies of the piece, please consult Elaine K. Gazda, “Ganymede and the Eagle. A Marble Group from Carthage,” Archaeology 34 (1981): 56–60, and Elaine K. Gazda, “A Marble Group of Ganymede and the Eagle from the Age of Augustine,” in J. H. Humphrey (ed.) Excavations at Carthage 1977 conducted by the University of Michigan, VI, Michigan 1981, 125-178. Detailed images available on Arachne.

    Articles on the theft in La Presse (Tunis): [Le vol de trop!]; [Ganymède, avez-vous dit?]; [On a volé Ganymède!]

    Nomadstrek Journeys

    Monday, November 11, 2013

    Ganymede Carthage Stolen
    (Wikimedia Commons)

    CARTHAGE, TUNISIA—Over the weekend, thieves broke into the Early-Christian Museum in Carthage and stole a fifth-century A.D. marble statue depicting the mythological figure of Ganymede embracing Zeus in the form of an eagle. First discovered in pieces during a 1977 excavation in a cistern under the House of the Greek Charioteers in Carthage, the statue measured over a foot and a half once it was restored. Study of the sculpture and others like it made clear that wealthy Christians of the period did not hesitate to decorate their homes with pagan sculptures. The Tunisian police and Interpol are now on the lookout for the statue. 

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