Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010: Sculptors, Agencies and the Economies of Style in Late Classical Greece

Did ancient Greek sculptors and their styles exist within or create a hierarchy of value in ancient Greek society? In other words, did the ancient Greeks really think Praxiteles was a better sculptor than Dolon? If so, how -- and how can we know? If not, why not? How might answers to this question effect the notion of stylistic “evolution” (or “revolution”) in ancient Greek art, specifically the radical transformation of form that took place in the fifth century B.C.E.? And perhaps, most importantly, how can we ask these questions in a way that might be meaningful for us and for the Classical period Greeks? After 2500 years, is such a thing even possible? In this illustrated lecture, Dr. Peter Schultz tackles these questions . . . and more!

John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center at Macalester College, dinner to follow at Pad Thai Grand (1681 Grand Ave.)

About the Speaker:
Peter Schultz is the Olin J. Storvick Chair of Classical Studies, Chair of the Department of Art, at Concordia College, Moorhead. Dr. Schultz' research interests include Ancient Greek history and art history; Classical and Hellenistic archaeology; the social history of art; archaeological theory; the Classical tradition; the topography of early Greece; the archaeology of death, ritual and cult; early, medieval and contemporary Greek dance, music, poetry and landscape. Dr. Schultz has received numerous awards and honors. He has published numerous articles, co-edited a number of books and is currently preparing his book The Temple of Athena Nike. Art, Politics and Agency in Classical Athens for publication.

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