This presentation will reexamine the ancient Greek practice of erecting life-size bronze statues of athletic victors, most often placed at the site of the games but also in the victor’s home community. This practice, appearing suddenly in the Greek world at the end of the 6th century BCE and proliferating especially in the first half of the 5th century, is usually regarded as unproblematic, viewed through the lens of the later practice of setting up honorific statues for victors, statesmen, and generals. But rather than thinking about these as images, the speaker wants to consider them as magical objects and agents, asking not “What do they represent?” but “What do they do?”
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Programs are varied and include such activities as lectures by noted archaeologists, museum curators, and ancient art historians; exclusive tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions; fund-raising events; and travel programs to ancient sites and other museums. Members also receive invitations from related organizations to attend lectures ad exhibition openings. Your annual membership dues and contributions will assist in furthering the Ancient Art collection at the Fine Arts Museums.
Before Statuary: Victor Statues, Commemoration, and Power
Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor
Dr. Leslie Kurke
Free / AAC members; General / $5 suggested donation