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Joseph Day, Professor Emeritus of Wabash College: "The Spatial Dynamics' of Archaic and Classical Greek Epigram"

Date Jan 25, 2013
Time 2:00 pm  
Location Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building
Sponsor Department of the Classics
Event type Other
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'The 'Spatial Dynamics' of Archaic and Classical Greek Epigram'

The study of relationships among dedications inscribed with epigrams and placed in Archaic and Classical sanctuaries contributes to our understanding of 'spatial dynamics' in religious centers (Scott 2010).  By reason of their location, the forms of dedicated objects, and inscribed texts, monuments were members of groups in conversation with other members.  They drew passers-by into these conversations by engaging them with visual and verbal cross-references.  I present two samples:  family groupings (examples range from Chramus' sixth-century dedications in the Samian Heraion to Daochos' at Delphi in the fourth century) and competitive display (illustrated by military and athletic dedications at Delphi and Olympia).

Wabash College  Joseph W. Day

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