“The Un-Heroic in Archaic Greek Art" presented by Thomas H. Carpenter, Charles J. Ping Professor of Humanities and Distinguished Professor of Classics, Ohio University
The Omaha-Lincoln Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), in partnership with Creighton University's Department of Fine and Performing Arts and Joslyn Art Museum, continues its exceptional programming with another free public lecture.
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”.
DR. TOM CARPENTER is the Charles J. Ping Professor of Humanities and Distinguished Professor of Classics with the Department of Classics and World Religions at Ohio University. He received his degrees at Oxford University (D.Phil.), Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University, and his areas of specialization are Greek iconography, mythology, and religion. He has published extensively, particularly on Dionysian imagery, and is currently co-editing The Italic People of Apulia: New Evidence from Pottery for Workshops, Markets and Customs for Cambridge University Press.
Dr. Carpenter will be giving a Joukowsky Lecture, named for Martha Sharp Joukowsky, past President of the Archaeological Institute of America and Professor of Old World Archaeology at Brown University. The Joukowsky Lectureship is part of the AIA’s National Lecture Program.
Founded in 1879, the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)
was chartered by the United States Congress in 1906, in recognition of its role in the development and passage of the Antiquities Act, which Theodore Roosevelt signed into law that year. Today, the AIA remains committed to preserving the world's archaeological resources and cultural heritage for the benefit of people in the present and in the future. The Lincoln-Omaha Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, chartered in 1995, provides the residents of Nebraska and western Iowa opportunities to attend lectures by prominent international, national, and local archaeologists.