[MGSA-L] Princeton Hellenic Studies Workshop: March 29, 2013

Dimitri H. Gondicas gondicas at Princeton.EDU
Mon Mar 25 10:05:19 PDT 2013


Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies


Representation and Perception of Greek Cult Statues
During the Middle and Late Imperial Period:
The Pheidian Zeus

Stavros Vlizos
svlizos at princeton.edu <mailto:%20%20%20%20%20%20svlizos at princeton.edu%20%20%20%20%20%20>
Benaki Museum
Stanley J. Seeger Visiting Research Fellow, Hellenic Studies

Respondent: Michael Koortbojian, Art and Archaeology
As part of the Second Sophistic and the reception of Greek gods during the imperial period, the religious highlights of the classical past were not simply perceived as "ancient history" but also as segments of an ongoing discussion between the society and the sacred. In this respect, the Pheidian Zeus in Olympia was undoubtedly THE holy image of the Greco-Roman world. This work was recognized not simply as a statue but primarily as the visual embodiment of the religious tradition of classical Greece. What underscores the power of this image and its special status in the Roman Empire is, according to Dio Chrysostom, that through this statue the Homeric texts and the classical paideia generally were reflected. The representation of the seated father of the gods during the Imperial period art production was affected not only by the Pheidian Zeus but also by the cult statue of Jupiter Optimus Maximus Capitolinus. Given the above, it is important to examine how the two works have complemented each other and, in particular, to what extent the two "prototypes" have impaired the iconographic, typological and religious-philosophical characteristics of the creations of the 2nd and 3rd century AD. Last but not least, the question of the regional focus of the representation and the narrative repertoire of the particular image of Zeus will be investigated.

Stavros Vlizos graduated from the University of Ioannina (1989). He received his Ph.D in Classical Archaeology from the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (1997) with a dissertation on the reception of late classical and Hellenistic cult statues.  He is currently Researcher and Assistant to the Director of the Benaki Museum and from 2010 lecturer at the Ionian University in Corfu where he teaches a range of courses in cultural heritage management, with a focus on archaeology. His research is focused on topics about Roman sculpture and Roman Greece and the importance of Greek sanctuaries. Within the framework of the "Amykles Research Project" coordinated by the Benaki Museum he is leading the excavations conducted at Amykles near Sparta since 2005. At present he is also member of the scientific committee of the Athens "Roman Seminar."

Friday, March 29, 2013
1:30 p.m.
Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103

The HELLENIC STUDIES WORKSHOP provides an opportunity for post-doctoral fellows, visiting fellows, and graduate students to present their work-in-progress or recently published research. The aim is to encourage exchange of ideas across disciplines among Classical scholars, Byzantinists, and Modern Greek Studies specialists.

DATES:  Most Fridays, 1:30-3:30 p.m., during the term. Dates, speakers and titles will be announced in advance via e-mail.

PLACE:  Room 103, Scheide Caldwell House, Princeton University

For further information about current events in Hellenic Studies, please refer to the calendar posted on our website: http://www.princeton.edu/~hellenic/

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