Imagery and Identity: The Monumental Vases of Ancient Apulia
Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Villa
Richly decorated with complex imagery and narrative scenes, a number of the vases depict figures in local dress, indicating the distinctive ethnicity of the Apulians, while others draw upon Greek tragedies and point to a deep, sometimes abstruse, interest in Greek myths and theatre. Thomas Carpenter, a professor of classics at Ohio University specializing in Greek archaeology, religion, and iconography, and most recently co-editor of the book The Italic People of Ancient Apulia: New Evidence from Pottery for Workshops, Markets, and Customs, will speak to the ways in which these large figure-decorated vases served as proud statements of identity.
This lecture complements the exhibition Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy, featuring thirteen of these elaborately decorated Apulian vases, on view at the Getty Villa through May 11, 2015.
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