Sosos's mosaic represented descriptive, hyper-realistic table scraps on the floor of a dining room in a Hellenistic palace at Pergamon. This lecture explores how Sosos used rhetorical techniques to play a game with his viewers, thereby inserting himself into the mosaic's context―the competitive festivities of King Eumenes II's Greek symposia in the 2nd century B.C.E.
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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.
Rubbish, Rhetoric, and Hellenism in Sosos's Unswept Room Mosaic
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater, Legion of Honor
Prof. Kristen Seaman
This lecture is free and open to the public; Suggested donation: $5