Klassik Kunst der Könige
Tagungssprache: Deutsch, Englisch, Französisch
Geographischer Bezug: Mittelmeerraum
Berichtszeitraum: Frühgeschichte / Antike
Until now, the academic community has regarded the 41h century B.C. as one of transition, using such monikers as 'late classical' or 'prehellenistic'. The Zurich conference will take a new approach by studying this period within its own framework. The 41h century can be regarded as a dynamic and innovative artistic period: palaces and dynastic tombs became important places for creative expression; traditional themes of Greek art were transferred into new settings appropriate for modern representations of the sovereign; vernacular themes were translated into the language of Greek art. The conference will address the following questions: Which media were preferred for self- representation among the pre-hellenistic dynasts? What kind of new topics emerged in Greek art during the 41h century? Can inter-regional strategies of distinction be found? Was 'Greek style' regarded as a common cultural language, and if so, why? Taking archaeological, epigraphical and
literary sources into account, we aim at providing an overview of the practice of art at royal courts in and around the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean. The conference seeks to bring together disparate case studies from different regions, and re-evaluate them in a new, comparative perspective.