Storia dell'arte antica - Individual and Society: Portraits in the Greek and Roman world: lezioni di introduzione (allievi ordinari e perfezionandi)

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The lectures are open to students at all levels and have no prerequisites.


Portraits are always not just a reflection of one person and his or her personality but also of a society and its values. This module will explore the use of portraits in Greek and Roman society from the archaic period of Greece into Late Antiquity. Questions will include: What is a meaningful definition for ‘portrait’ in the ancient world? Who was depicted in a portrait and why? Where were portraits being displayed? What is the purpose of a portrait? How do all these parameters change over time? What do they tell us about the respective value systems, social hierarchies, the role of gender and ethnicity, in these different societies? The lectures will offer an introduction to the topic. They will be enhanced by the seminars, which serve to introduce and discuss more complex methodological issues.

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The ability to interpret and contextualise historically, archaeologically and artistically mythological images.