[PAST EVENT] AIA - Joukowsky Lecture

September 8, 2014
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Andrews Hall, Room 101
605 Jamestown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
While Homer's Iliad is the best known work relating the events of the Trojan War in modern times, Greek archaic art more commonly portrays scenes from other versions of the story, from a collection of poems known as the Epic Cycle. Unexpectedly, the choice of scenes whether from Homer or the Epic Cycle gives emphasis to the un-heroic and even sacrilegious episodes. The rape of Kassandra, the murder of Troilos, the death of Astyanax and the suicide of Ajax are depicted, rather than heroic duels and the like. These un-heroic scenes would not have been popular had they not spoken to individuals who purchased and even commissioned them. What about the scenes attracted the patrons? Did they have broad moral implications? How might this change our understanding of archaic Greek perceptions of the heroic? These and other questions will be addressed by Thomas H. Carpenter in his lecture, The Un-Heroic in Archaic Greek Art. This lecture is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

[[jrholm, Joyce Holmes]]