XXth International Congress on Ancient Bronzes

17. 04. 2018

- 21. 04. 2018

Deutschland, Tübingen



Tagungssprache: Englisch

Geographischer Bezug: Griechenland

Frühgeschichte / Antike


Our understanding of ancient bronzes has grown significantly in the last decades through several
studies and collaborative research projects – including the International Congresses on Ancient
Bronzes –, but it is far from complete. We still need to explore questions concerning bronze(s) as
resource, on their reconstruction, the motives and subjects represented, and on the function of
bronzes in society.
In the ancient world, bronzes – from over-lifesize sculptures to small-scale objects – were an
omnipresent and integral part of public and private everyday life. Bronze was also a valuable
resource. From a scientific point of view, the last decades saw new methods of analyses to
reconstruct the production processes of ancient bronzes. Besides modern analysis, research on
ancient bronze sculpture is still relying on theories and methodologies developed in art history to
discuss the style and chronology. Irrespective of the nature of the object – may it be sculpture, tool,
or weapon – the role and function of the bronzes need to be studied in conjunction with the
archaeological context with which the objects were once associated. The conference aims at
addressing these four key topics and bringing together experts from different backgrounds in order
to develop further the study on ancient bronzes.